Randy Johnston is an entertaining guy with an engaging way of presenting himself. Author of the regional bestseller, Robbed at Pen Point, the renowned Dallas trial lawyer often warns people about scammers who perpetuate legal malpractice, stockbroker/investment fraud, accounting and money management malpractice and many other financial shenanigans on unknowing consumers. He is also a very successful business and commercial litigator who emphasizes the role of fiduciaries in our daily lives.
When promoting his book, Randy is often asked, “What is the next big scam on the horizon? What do we have to watch out for, taking our money?” His answer: “The one you haven’t seen yet. These financial hit men are much quicker at developing new schemes than you are at uncovering them.”
Randy Johnston is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
He handles cases involving professional malpractice and breaches of fiduciary duty as well as business disputes. Randy is featured as one of the city’s best litigators (D Magazine 2014-2016). He is also a fixture on the list of Texas Super Lawyers chosen by his peers and featured in Texas Monthly as one of the 100 Top Attorneys in Texas (Thomson Reuters 2010-2011). In 2007, he was featured as the state’s top professional malpractice attorney in Texas Lawyer’s Go-to Guide. The Tort and Insurance Practice section of the Dallas Bar Association awarded him the 2012 Texas Trial Legends Award. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America (Woodward & White 2011-2016).
He often contributes material on legal ethics to Texas Lawyer and publishes a blog to instruct his fellow attorneys on avoiding malpractice.
“Everyone hates his lawyer when he loses a case or his stockbroker, accountant or money manager when his money goes south,” Randy says. “I’m here to determine which of these incidents are outside the law. I’m like a traffic cop pulling over the worst offenders.”
When addressing groups, Randy often uses his guitar to get his point across. Sometimes he sings a ballad that describes what his practice is all about, protecting people from those who steal your money with signatures on documents, using legal and accounting degrees, stockbroker licenses, money management certifications and business partnership agreements.
But the work of Johnston Tobey Baruch in malpractice does not tell the entire story. “There are many fine litigation firms in the North Texas area,” Randy says. “Clients can choose from some of the best attorneys in the country, and they often come to us. We are fortunate to be in the conversation whenever a large case is out there, needing a great courtroom lawyer or a master negotiator.”
Randy is best described as an individualist with exceptional talent. His friends and adversaries know that, and they realize that his abilities and highly refined work ethic make him a formidable foe. He grew up in West Texas, went to Brigham Young University on a track scholarship and earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law.
Randy is a published poet, a songwriter, accomplished water skier and Harley rider. He is the father of eight children and reports that all of his kids are out of the house now and at least self sufficient “for a time.” His wife, architect Tricy Magadini, remodeled the building he bought at 3308 Oak Grove in Uptown that serves as the perfect headquarters for the JTB team.
A reporter for a Park Cities newspaper called his home a shrine to the blues. Randy’s extensive guitar collection and pictures of blues artists adorn the walls, and a stage is built into the den. Randy plays rhythm and slide guitar before substantial crowds at several local venues. “Music makes me a better lawyer,” Randy says. “It demands incredible discipline as well as enhancing my creative side. I use music to keep everyone listening to warnings about those who could do them harm.”
In 2015, Randy added a new challenge while still being one of the state’s top trial lawyers. He now teaches a course in personal responsibility as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas School of Law.
Randy often speaks on the following:
- How to Avoid Being Robbed at Pen Point
- What Makes A Valid Legal Malpractice Case
- Keeping Your Life Out of the Courtroom
- Need to Sue Your Lawyer? Here’s How and Why!
- What In-house Counsel Can Learn From the GM Fiasco