David W. Johnston


Location: Concord, New Hampshire
Phone: 603-223-2800
Fax: 603-226-2405
Email: djohnston@sulloway.com

David W. Johnston joined Sulloway & Hollis in 2015 as a Member.  He has over 25 years of civil litigation experience trying cases before juries and judges in state and federal courts. Dave also has extensive appellate experience, having briefed and argued numerous cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He represents both individuals and institutional clients in matters involving insurance defense and coverage, personal injuries, workers compensation defense, product defects, construction defects, labor and employment litigation, timber trespass and property disputes, landlord and tenant litigation, and claims made under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

In recognition of his skills, Dave has repeatedly achieved an “AV Preeminent” rating for Legal Abilities and Ethical Standards from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest overall rating attainable from the legal profession’s foremost independent legal review organization. Dave has also been selected by his peers for inclusion as a Best Lawyers in America© since 2018.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, a member of the Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association, and a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

Dave has practiced law in New Hampshire since graduating from Boston College Law School, cum laude, in 1992, and in Massachusetts since 2001. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.



  • Successfully defended large international transport company in a jury trial and through appeal involving claims of catastrophic personal injuries
  • Obtained defendant’s verdict in highly contentious assault and negligence action against towing company in federal court
  • Obtained summary judgment which was affirmed on appeal for large condominium association sued by marina claiming significant damages allegedly due to client’s surface water drainage system
  • Negotiated substantial monetary settlements for victims of automobile accidents, dog attacks, employment discrimination, and falls on improperly maintained properties

Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

Insurance Defense and Coverage
Personal Injury Litigation
Construction Litigation
Landlord/Tenant and Property Litigation
Workers Compensation Law

Bar Admissions

New Hampshire, 1992
Massachusetts, 2001
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000


Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D. cum laude – 1992
Law Review: Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor

University of Vermont
B.A. – 1984

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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent™ rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Twice published Notes and Comments Editor for the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review
  • Recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal while serving as an officer in the United States Navy

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Manchester Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Past State Rep for NH)
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Member
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy