About Us

Who We Are

Johnston Franklin Bishop is an experienced and recognized law firm centrally located on Vancouver Island that provides a broad range of services. Our practice areas include Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Wills and Estates, Estate Litigation and Corporate and Commercial law.

We represent clients all across Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Port Alberni, the West Coast, Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River and Duncan.

Team Icon
Statue of a woman holding up a law gavel
Our Mission

Company History

Johnston Franklin Bishop has been locally owned and operated since 1983, when Richard Johnston founded Johnston and Company. He operated this firm for several years, establishing the dedication to exceptional service that the firm would come to be known for.

The firm became Johnston Lewis & Company, followed by Johnston Lewis Franklin with the addition of Glen Lewis in 1985 and Blair Franklin in 1996. The firm benefited from Glenn’s service and dedication until his retirement in 2003, following which the firm became Johnston & Franklin.

Over the course of the past 40 years, the firm has consistently provided the quality legal services they are known for. They have built a strong client base in Nanaimo and the surrounding areas and maintained a close connection with the community.

Marsha Bishop became partner in 2014 and the firm continued under the new name of Johnston Franklin Bishop.

Greg Phillips joined the partnership team in 2017, at the same time as Richard Johnston retired. While the partnership structure has changed from time to time, the firm remains deeply committed to delivering the exceptional service they are known for, and to continuing to give back to the community.

Compliant Icon
A group of 5 lawyers with their hands in the middle to show teamwork
Legal TEam

Community Involvement

Our lawyers volunteer locally and care deeply about their community. From coaching to participating in local service clubs, we prioritize giving back to their community, and, in addition to sponsorship, donate both time and knowledge to several organizations.

Our lawyers are members of and give their time and dedication to the following organizations and causes:

Johnston Franklin Bishop is also a proud supporter of many programs and events at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College). Many of our lawyers and support staff are VIU Alumni, and enjoy reconnecting with and supporting VIU.

real People, Real Success


Thank you Alexa and Autumn for the excellent service. You made our house sale transaction go through smoothly.

Helen Morton

Google Review

They were very professional and knowledgeable. They've been in business for a long time in Nanaimo and ate well accustomed to the legal system here

Sean Dooher

Google Review

I chose this firm in 2015 and all I can say is that I was taken care of from the beginning and the entire duration of our law suite. I had many difficulties and Stuart Cappus made sure that I was comfortable.

Shannon Friesen

Google Review

Left Arrow Icon
Go Arrow Icon
View More
Quote Icon
lawyer signing a document with a client

Find the answers you need.

Need advice? We can help. Reach out to our team today.