Michael W. Johnston
Mr. Johnston was born and raised in Philadelphia and completed all levels of his education in his hometown. He has worked as an intern for former Mayor Edward G. Rendell of Philadelphia (also during his successful campaign to become Governor of Pennsylvania) and for former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. Additionally, Mr. Johnston spent a semester as an intern at The White House in Washington, D.C. during the administration of President Bill Clinton. As a law student, Mr. Johnston worked as a clerk for a local personal injury firm and as a clerk for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).
Mr. Johnston has gained experience working at The Levensten Law Firm, P.C. since the early stages of its inception in 2006, first as a law clerk and office manager and now as the firm’s most senior Associate. Mr. Johnston has also been recognized by his peers as a 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star. He has worked on cases involving family law, personal injury law, and mass tort litigation, including such notable actions: New Jersey Fosamax Products Liability Litigation; In re CR Bard, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2187 (S.D. of West Virginia); In re American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2325 (S.D. of West Virginia); In re Boston Scientific Corporation Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2326 (S.D. of West Virginia); In re Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2327 (S.D. of West Virginia); Philadelphia County Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Products Liability Litigation; New Jersey Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Products Liability Litigation; In re Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2100 (S.D. of Illinois); In re ASR Hip Implants Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197 (N.D. of Ohio); Actos Products Liability Litigation; Philadelphia County Reglan Products Liability Litigation; New Jersey Reglan Products Liability Litigation; In re Zyprexa Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1596 (E.D. of New York); In re Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1657 (E.D. of Louisiana); Philadelphia County Vioxx Products Liability Litigation; New Jersey Vioxx Products Liability Litigation; Trasylol Products Liability Litigation; Gadolinium Products Liability Litigation; Chantix Products Liability Litigation; and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Products Liability Litigation.
Outside of the office, Mr. Johnston is well regarded for his involvement in semi-pro (amateur) baseball. He has played the sport since his childhood, continuing to the present, and has founded a team that plays in three separate leagues (the Philadelphia Yankees), a fall baseball league (the Philadelphia Fall Baseball League), is Vice President and Treasurer of the Liberty Bell Adult Baseball League (LBABL), and is Treasurer of the Liberty Bell Men’s Baseball League (LBMBL). Mr. Johnston’s Philadelphia Yankees team participates in two summer leagues, the fall league, and local and national tournaments, earning notoriety in numerous national publications, as well as coverage by the local print media. In recent years, Mr. Johnston and other teammates, along with players from other teams, participated in two events garnering significant attention, an exhibition against the Russian Olympic Team and an inter-league exhibition at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.
Mr. Johnston was sworn into the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars in 2008, the District of Columbia Bar in 2013, and is admitted to practice before the state courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1976
Education: Villanova University – B.A. History, B.A. Sociology, Minor Degree in Communication Arts, 1998
Law School: Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania – J.D., 2002