Peter S. Johnston

Peter Johnston

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Areas of Concentration:

Litigation; Health Care and Hospital Law.

General Background Information:


Peter’s experience includes the defense of medical malpractice claims and general negligence cases in Kansas state and federal courts.  Highlights of Peter’s work in these areas include the following:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict from the jury in a wrongful death medical malpractice case in which the final demand was in excess of seven figures;
  • Obtaining a defense verdict from the jury in a motor vehicle accident case in which the final demand was in excess of $500,000;
  • Obtaining summary judgment from the trial court in a medical malpractice claim which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals with review denied by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Peter also assists health systems, hospitals, physicians, and other clients with general corporate matters, including board governance, compliance, risk management, peer review, medical staff, physician contracts, and business transactions.  He has been BV®-rated by Martindale Hubbell since 2005 and listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2016 in the areas of Medical Malpractice – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; and Insurance Law.


University of Kansas (B.A., with honors, English, 1994; J.D., 1997)

Bar Admissions & Memberships:

Admitted to practice, 1997, Kansas; 1998, Missouri; Also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Kansas.

Member, Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association; Kansas Bar Association (President, Litigation Section, 2013-15; Recipient, “Outstanding Young Lawyer” Award, 2003); The Missouri Bar; American Bar Association; Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys; American Health Lawyers Association; Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors, 2013-2016); Defense Research Institute (DRI). Fellow, Kansas Bar Foundation.

Professional & Community Involvement:

  • Kansas Board of Law Examiners (2016-present);
  • District Judicial Nominating Commission, 28th Judicial District of Kansas (2012-present);
  • Bench-Bar Committee, 28th Judicial District of Kansas (2011-present);
  • University of Kansas Alumni Association Board of Directors (2018-present);
  • Salina Community Theatre Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • First Presbyterian Church, Salina, Session (2015-17; 2009-10; 2002-05);
  • Salina Regional Health Foundation Board of Trustees (2006-15);
  • University of Kansas School of Law Alumni Board of Governors (2008-2016).