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  • Senior Member


The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A.'s Brad Johnston is a shareholder and director. He has more than 20 years of extensive civil litigation experience, which includes jury trials in both state and federal courts. Personal injury, construction/indemnity concerns, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith, as well as breach of contract and fiduciary duty, are among the cases he has tried in court.

Mr. Johnston has a wealth of knowledge in the real estate and construction industries. He has experience handling a range of real estate and construction-related litigation, such as those involving poor building practices, purchase agreements and leases, boundary disputes and other title issues, adverse possession, and materialmen's liens. In litigation involving contracts and construction defects, he has defended national construction management companies, real estate investors, general contractors, subcontractors, and property owners. He has dealt with cases involving various civil, structural and electrical engineering challenges as well as problems with architectural standards of care. Furthermore, he has written building contracts for property owners, general contractors, subcontractors and developers.

Mr. Johnston has extensive experience representing both defendants and victims in a variety of personal injury and wrongful death situations, including tire, dram shop, and products liability lawsuits. He has also defended several claims for insured and self-insured clients, covering everything from car accidents to instances involving product liability, premises liability, nursing care neglect and elder abuse.

Additionally, Mr. Johnston has a great deal of experience with vertical transportation cases and has defended a global elevator manufacturing and servicing company in several personal injury and business disputes.

Mr. Johnston has represented clients in front of the Arizona Court of Appeals and managed a number of appeals. In a case to enforce a Canadian judgement against a Canadian citizen residing in Arizona, Mr. Johnston gained summary judgement on behalf of a Canadian governmental entity; the decision was upheld on appeal. See 540, 30P.3d 121; Alberta Securities Commission v. Ryckman, 200 Ariz. (App. 2001).

In 1991, Mr. Johnston received his degree magna cum laude from Brigham Young University. He earned his law degree from Cornell University's Law School in 1994 and worked as the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy's Articles Editor while there. He worked for the Hon. Patrick Monserrate of the Supreme Court of New York as an extern. He is qualified to represent clients in Arizona state courts, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He has worked as the Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court. He has memberships in the Maricopa County Bar's and the Arizona State Bar's Construction Law Sections, the Defense Research Institute, and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

There are six children born to Mr. Johnston and his wife. He works as a Unit Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America's Grand Canyon Council's San Tan District.


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Maricopa County Bar Construction Section
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel