Hon. Iain D. Johnston

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Iain D. Johnston is a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division. He handles dispositive matters for civil and all felony criminal matters in the Division. From 2013 through 2020, he was the U.S. Magistrate Judge for the same court, where he handled all pretrial matters for all civil and all criminal cases. He graduated with honors from both The John Marshall Law School (1990) and Rockford College (1987). Following law school, he clerked for Judge Philip G. Reinhard in both the Illinois Appellate Court and U.S. District Court. After his clerkship, he joined the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where he was a unit supervisor. He then entered private practice, during which time he was a partner at Altheimer & Gray and a senior counsel at Holland + Knight. On April 1, 2008, with Andrew Greene, he co-founded Johnston Greene LLC, where he litigated nearly anything a client would pay him to litigate. He has published dozens of articles, which have been relied on as authority by courts across the country. He was The Last DJ on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio during the week of July 4, 2022. Iain has surfed Jaws, Mavericks, and Nazaré. OK, that last sentence is false, but the rest is true.