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Daniel A. Johnston

Daniel A. Johnston

The Bell Law Group
  • Personal Injury, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Medical Malpractice ...
  • New York
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Dan Johnston is an innovative and aggressive attorney with proven success on both sides of personal injury, insurance defense, breach of contract, fraud, complex commercial, and trade secrets litigation. These results have included representing seriously injured plaintiffs, pursuing novel applications of RICO and fraud statutes, representing insurance companies in high-exposure claims, pursuing and defending defamation claims, and more.

Dan also has developed a highly sought-after practice as one of the leading cannabis attorneys in the State of New York for both litigation needs and business consulting. Dan has been featured as an expert on New York Cannabis Law in a variety of mediums, including speaking engagements at multiple industry conventions, Newsday, the Nassau Lawyer, and in a variety of podcasts and blogs.

Dan’s varied background and experience open the door to cost-effective, successful approaches to case resolution both within and beyond the courtroom. Prior to joining Bell Law Group as Of Counsel, Dan was Principal Attorney for Johnston Law LLC. In his practice, Dan frequently obtained outsized results for his clients against much larger and well-funded opposition. Dan has also practiced as a criminal prosecutor for Nassau County, and has worked with well-regarded litigation boutiques.

State University of New York - Albany
Honors: Cum Laude
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The George Washington University Law School
J.D. (2014)
Honors: Cum Laude; Winner - 2013 Spanogle International Business Arbitration Competition.
Activities: Selected to Represent GW Law in the 2014 Vis East International Arbitration Moot Competition in Hong Kong; Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board Member.
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Professional Experience
The Bell Law Group
- Current
Principal Attorney
Johnston Law LLC
Articles & Publications
New York's Changing Marijuana Laws
Nassau Lawyer
Speaking Engagements
Exonerations, NY Marijuana Update, and Handling Police Interactions, Long Island Law Podcast
LI Law
What is New York's "Cannabis Act"?, LIPN Podcast
Long Island Professionals Network
Trial Academy Graduate
International Association of Defense Counsel
Top 10 Under 40
National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
Top 10 under 40 Personal Injury attorney in New York
Top 3 New York Cannabis Attorneys
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Attorney
National Trial Lawyer
Professional Associations
State Bar of New York  # 5314299
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American Bar Association
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Nassau County Bar Association
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New York State Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 5314299
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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  • Free Consultation
    Free consultation for personal injury matters only.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees for personal injury cases only
Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Criminal Law
Drug Crimes, Fraud
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
White Collar Crime
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I was terminated and given a severance package. two of my former direct reports have gone to social media to harass me
A: Depends on the contents of the severance agreement, what was specifically said in the social media comments and who they were shared with, and whether what they said was opinion or false facts. There could be a defamation claim here; depending on severance agreement, maybe breach of contract as well. This would need an individualized, fact specific analysis.
Q. Is it legal for a company to not hire me because I tested positive for marijuana?
A: While there are some exceptions, it is typically illegal for a company to not hire you in New York based solely on a positive drug test for THC. If that's what they did, and why they did it, and no exceptions apply, you can sue them.
Q. How do you get a record of “no record” from an arrest that was dismissed? In New York City specifically.
A: Go to the criminal clerk in the courthouse where the case was located. Request a Certificate of Disposition. They should be able to find it with your name and date of birth; and, if not, they'll give you a "no records" certificate. Should cost you between $5 - $15.
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Websites & Blogs
Daniel A. Johnston's Website Profile
Bell Law Group Website
Contact & Map
The Bell Law Group
Garden City Office
By Appointment Only
100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd
Garden City, NY 11530
Telephone: (516) 280-3008
Fax: (212) 656-1845
The Bell Law Group
116 Jackson Ave
Syosset, NY 11791
Toll-Free: (855) 566-2355