Alan F. Johnston, a partner in the law firm of Murray, Ziel, & Johnston, joined the firm in 2016. His practice areas include contracts, contract litigation, business litigation, criminal defense, family law, general litigation, personal injury, wills, and trusts.
A native of Idaho Falls, Alan was born and raised near Teresa Bunker Elementary School. He was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in September of 2007. Alan graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law, where he made honor roll 5 of his 6 semesters.
While at law school, Alan worked as a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Professors, teaching the first-year law students. Alan also volunteered in the school’s Legal Aid Clinic, interned at the Idaho Falls firm of Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes, and served as a clerk for the Honorable Judge James C. Herndon in Blackfoot, ID.
Alan began his legal career working at the law firm E.W. Pike and Associates, where he worked with legendary Idaho Falls attorney Ted Pike. He became a partner in the firm. In 2009, the name of the firm changed to Pike Herndon Stosich & Johnston, PA. In 2016, Alan joined Murray Ziel as a partner.
Alan is a former president of the Eagle Rock Inns of Court and is currently an officer for the 7th Judicial District Bar Association.
Prior to law school, Alan attended Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he received his bachelor’s degree in History with minors in Communications and Education. Alan was involved in student government and was the director of New Student Orientation.
While in undergraduate school, he was a part of the university’s Debate and Speech team and won numerous national honors.
Alan attended Idaho Falls High School, and currently lives on the west side of the town. While attending BYU-Idaho, he married Patricia Johnston. They have three children named Ryan, Mari, and Fred. When not working, Alan is involved with various church activities and his family. He also enjoys social activities, running, hiking, camping, and sports.