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Randall Brown Johnston

Family Attorney at Columbia, MO

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1986
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Randall

Learn Randall’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorces, Paternity, Modification to Custody and Child Support and Adoptions

    36 years

  2. Business
    All matters of business litigation and formation.

    33 years

  3. Real estate
    Construction issues, boundary disputes, sales of real estate and fraudulent disclosures.

    36 years

  4. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor, special public defender and special prosecutor appointed by judges.

    33 years

Compassionate, assertive, and dependable, Randall Johnston is a wonderful attorney to have on your side as you deal with the complications of Missouri’s legal system. He has a long history of professional success and is eager to use the knowledge he’s gained to resolve your current legal concerns.

Academic and Career History

As an undergraduate, Randall Johnston attended the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1971. Later, he attended law school at the University of Missouri. There, he developed a clear passion for law and the desire to use his innate skills for good. Since graduating from law school, he has enjoyed a very successful legal career, serving with Johnston & Smith LLC and later as a sole practitioner.

During his multiple decades in the legal industry, Randall Johnston has developed a solid reputation in and around Columbia. Clients are impressed by his detailed knowledge of several practice areas, plus his unparalleled negotiation skills and his willingness to provide patient counsel to those who need it most. Fellow attorneys also respect him; he’s received glowing endorsements from some of the region’s finest legal professionals.

Practice Areas

Randall Johnston boasts a comprehensive understanding of the legal industry. He is willing to take on a variety of complex cases. Regardless of the details of the cases he handles, his approach is always respectful and proactive. The following are a few of his primary practice areas:

  • Divorce
  • Real Estate
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employee Law

Randall Johnston’s Legal Appproach: A Proactive Columbia Attorney

Ranked highly with Martindale-Hubbell, Randall Johnston is known for his ethical and compassionate approach to law. He cares deeply about his clients and their families, and is confident in his ability to put their most pressing legal issues to rest. His personalized approach ensures that each client’s concerns are addressed.

Are you ready to put your legal concerns in the past? Whether a contract dispute or real estate issue has you feeling stressed, you can count on Randall Johnston for support. He will offer the thorough legal counsel you need to feel confident about your case. Contact Randall B. Johnston, P.C. today to learn more about his background, his approach to law, and how he can help you navigate the Columbia legal system.

Contact Randall

Randall B. Johnston PC
2800 Forum Blvd.
Suite 3B
Columbia, MO, 65203


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Jim | December 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Personal and Focused
Handled my complicated legal questions in careful and thoughtful approach. Said he would research and get back soon. Answered my options without a fee! Will likely engage his service after holidays.
Posted by Colleen | December 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Randall expertly navigated obtaining my dual citizenship with Germany. Local St. Louis consulate said it couldn’t be done. He did it!!
Posted by Monte | May 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Randall\'s counselling and review of details, while representing me were excellent and beyond what I had expected. I plan to use his services again, if ever I need a counselor in law. I also appreciated his general attitude to me as a client and person.
Posted by Kathie | April 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy Customer
I have known Randall for over 30 years. He has helped me through two divorces and various personal matters. He has always risen to whatever occasion has been needed. He's not just my attorney; I consider him a friend.
Posted by Craig | March 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Mr. Johnston was professional and caring. He explained each step of the process to us so we could understand what was happening and make informed decisions along the way. He was open and fair about costs; and, helped us assess potential costs as we worked through our concerns. I liked working with him very much!
Posted by Bruce | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Twenty Years of Reliance
Randall has been my personal attorney over the last 20 years. He is thoughtful, does his homework on cases, and does not run the billing clock recklessly. He worked on a banking-related case, private property issues and employee-related issues. Randall brings realistic expectations into focus and is timely in his work.
Posted by Morriah | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, Understand, Caring, and Professional
I have used Randall Johnston off and on for the last four years. I was going through what I thought would be a simple divorce; however, that didn't turn out to be the case at all. Randall made sure to keep me informed on everything and made sure I understood it all. Randall wasn't like other attorney's that I had dealt with, you could tell that he cared. He would always ask how I was doing and how my children were doing. During this whole process he has been wonderful. He's been so understanding and extremely helpful. Randall took one of the toughest times in my life and helped make it a little easier. Randall worked hard the whole time during my many issues with my ex-husband. I will definitely continue to use Randall. He was recommended to me and I recommend him to others. You can't go wrong with having an attorney as great as him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, caring, competent and professional.
I hired Randall several years ago when I received a misdemeanor charge. I felt he did a wonderful job representing me and I would absolutely hire him again. I have recommended him to friends and they have all had positive experiences. Randall is a good lawyer and a good person.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Randall B. Johnston PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Johnson & Smith LLC
  • 2004 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Randall B. Johnston
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Cline & Johnston
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Westminster College
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Whitlow, Riley, Mariea & Dunlap PC
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Callaway County
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Attorney
  • Attorney At Law
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Owner
  • Johnston Audio, INC
  • 1979 - 1983
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  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Leave of Absence in Good Standing with Academic Scholarship
  • 1973
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Legal Cases

  • Chelsea Duncan v. Jeffrey Duncan
  • Case negotiated to a mutual agreement as to all issues.


  • Boone County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Boone County Bar Association
  • Member, Current Vice-President 2019
  • 1986 - Present
  • Boone County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2020 - 2020
  • Boone County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2019 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Highest Grade Criminal Law Seminar
  • University of Missouri - Columbia Law School
  • 1986


Speaking Engagements

  • Wesminster College, Fulton, MO
  • Business Law Instructor as Adjunct Professor for two semesters
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Randall
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Randall. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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