Mary Blaine Johnston is an attorney at law, licensed to practice in the State of Hawai`i since 1976. Her primary area of practice is civil litigation with a focus on commercial, employment and real property matters. She has been a solo practitioner on Maui since 1989, and before that was in private practice in Honolulu, Hawai`i, and a partner in a firm active in the area of environmental litigation. She is a member of the American Bar Association and its Environmental Section, and a member of the Hawai`i Bar Association, the Maui County Bar Association and Hawai`i Women Lawyers. She has served as a part-time (per diem) judge in the District Court in Honolulu and the District and Family Courts on Maui since 1982. She was the Maui representative to the Federal Judicial Conference 1990-92.
Ms. Johnston obtained her Juris Doctor degree as a member of the first graduating class of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai`i, and also holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She taught English and writing at the University of Hawai`i and in the Hawai`i Community College system from 1964-1972. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms Johnston was a curriculum planner, designing
and writing curriculum for high school students in the areas of English
and Consumer Education for the Curriculum Research and Development Group,
School of Education, University of Hawai`i. She has been a member
of for profit corporations, including cofounder of a writing service that
produced the first travel guide to Hawai`i for Japanese visitors, and she
wrote for publications in the construction and home-building trades. She
has been the owner of businesses for the import of stain and lead
light glass and a participant in a franchised company selling farm and
construction equipment. She is currently an officer of an environmental
technologies company. She has also been a Director of several non-profit
corporations including a citizen’s education group, and organizations established
to prevent domestic violence (Alternatives to Violence), child abuse (Maui
Family Support Services) and alcohol and drug use by pregnant women
(Malama Family Recovery Center). She owns dogs and is active in Maui’s
Valley Isle Kennel Club.