Christine (Fillmore) Johnston focuses her practice on municipal law, serving the legal needs of towns, cities, and village districts across New Hampshire. Christine finds it immensely rewarding to empower municipal decisionmakers – who are often volunteers – to fulfill their duties and serve their communities.
Christine counsels clients on a wide variety of municipal issues including, but not limited to, governance issues, elections, New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law, road law, land use and enforcement, budgeting and annual meetings, municipal taxation, contracts and ordinance drafting, local welfare assistance, public safety, and environmental issues.
Christine regularly represents clients before state trial and appellate courts and administrative boards and agencies, and her expertise is a tremendous asset for her clients. Notably, she defeated the Northern Pass high-voltage transmission project. Representing eight towns (with attorneys representing five more municipalities), she successfully opposed the project at the agency level before the state Site Evaluation Committee and subsequently on appeal before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Christine has authored many publications for the New Hampshire Municipal Association including A Hard Road to Travel: New Hampshire Law of Local Highways, Streets and Trails (2015 ed.) and handbooks in various editions between 2005-2014. She also lectures extensively on municipal law.
In her free time, Christine travels, experiments in the kitchen, and is a crossword puzzle and reading enthusiast. She also enjoys exploring New Hampshire’s backroads with her husband and capturing the majesty and silliness of her two cats.
Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998
Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1992
Knowing the Territory: A Survey of Municipal Law for NH Local Officials; Handbook for Elected City Officials; The Basic Law of Town, School District and Village District Budgeting; Town Meeting and School Meeting Handbook; How to Regulate Junk and Junkyards; the Art of Welfare New Hampshire Municipal Association (various editions 2005-2014)
Riding the Wave: Social Media in Local Government N.H. Bar Journal (Winter 2012, Vol. 52, No. 4)
Drug and Alcohol Testing of Municipal Employees International Municipal Lawyers’ Association, Municipal Lawyers Magazine (Jan/Feb 2012)
A Hard Road to Travel: New Hampshire Law of Local Highways, Streets, and Trails New Hampshire Municipal Association (2015 ed.)
Representative Clients & Matters
Christine successfully defeated the Northern Pass high-voltage transmission project – which would have been a 192-mile transmission line traveling from the Canadian border south through 32 different municipalities in New Hampshire. Representing eight towns, she with attorneys representing five more municipalities to successfully oppose the project at the agency level before the NH Site Evaluation Committee and on appeal at the NH Supreme Court.
NH Bar Association, Municipal & Government Law Section
NH Bar Journal Committee, 2015
International Municipal Lawyers’ Association, 2005-present
NH Women’s Bar Association, Vice President (2004-2005), Secretary (2002-2004), Membership Director (1999-2004)
American Bar Association, 1998-2007
Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation
former Director and Vice President
Capital Regional Development Council
Former President, Vice President, Loan Review Committee, Governance Committee and Real Estate Committee Chair (2001-2014)
From June 6, 2023 9:00 am
NHMA Code Enforcement Workshop
Building inspectors, code enforcement officers, fire chiefs, health inspectors, and various other municipal officials are responsible for the enforcement of a variety of codes, regulations, and ordinances related to the use of land. These include both local regulations, such as zoning ordinances, site plan and subdivision regulations, health regulations, and the conditions of approval that accompany many land use board approvals, as well as state law, such as the State Building and Fire Code and statutes governing junkyards.
From April 29, 2023 9:00 am
NH Office of Planning & Development Spring Land Use Conference
From October 15, 2022 9:00 am
2022 Municipal Land Use Law Virtual Conference
From November 18, 2020 1:00 pm
2020 New Hampshire Municipal Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)
From October 31, 2020 12:00 pm
NH Municipal Association and NH Office of Strategic Initiatives 2020 Virtual Land Use Law Conference
From November 13, 2019 10:45 am
2019 New Hampshire Municipal Association Conference & Exhibition
From June 1, 2019 12:00 pm
ZBA Decision Making, NH Office of Strategic Initiatives, 25th Annual Spring Planning & Zoning
From May 28, 2019 12:00 pm
At the Intersection of Free Speech, Social Media, and Local Government
From May 22, 2019 12:00 pm
NH Health Officers’ Association Annual Conference
From May 17, 2019 12:00 pm
A Guide to Effective Code Enforcement Workshop
From May 14, 2019 12:00 pm