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Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy

Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy

also known as Dera L. Johnsen

About me

Attorney Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy is a shareholder and co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC. Dera is a 2008 graduate of Marquette University Law School and focuses her legal practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, and adult guardianship. Prior to completing law school, Dera gained 14 years of legal experience as a paralegal in Texas and Wisconsin. Dera’s extensive experience provided a strong and practical client-centered foundation for her legal practice. She strives to meet the needs of her clients in a personal and efficient manner.


Dera is licensed to practice in Wisconsin. She is an active member of WealthCounsel, a national consortium of estate planning professionals. She is also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for both the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin. In furtherance of her passion for helping families plan, she is an active participant in the Wisconsin Wills for Heroes program and the Basic Estate Planning Clinic for Seniors and Veterans.


Dera has been invited as a special guest on a number of radio shows and has been a featured presenter at various conferences nationally and throughout Wisconsin, including the 2015 AAII Investor Conference in Las Vegas, the Future Lifestyles Expo in Madison, the All Things Senior Expo in Baraboo, the Money Smart Women Conference, Asset Builders Madison Money Conference, and "Ready, Set, Retirement!" sponsored by Madison Area Technical College Paralegal Program in cooperation with WPS, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR), Dane County Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin. Further, Dera has made numerous presentations, both public and private, about estate planning and living trusts including special issues applicable to realtors, small business owners, farmers, pet owners, young families, LGBT families and families with special needs children. She has also taught a variety of CE classes to financial professionals and CLE seminars to attorneys through PINNACLE and the National Business Institute (NBI). If you are interested in a presentation for your group, please contact her office at (608) 829-2525.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Guardianship: 20%
  3. Probate: 20%
  4. Business: 5%
  5. Real Estate: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Kelly O'Connor Dancy

    I taught an estate planning and probate class with Dera. She was very knowledgeable and personable. I would certainly recommend her services.


    Kelly Dancy Estate Planning Attorney
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  • Jennifer Jill Elston-Brondell

    I endorse this lawyer. Dera is very knowledgeable and practical. A fantastic estate planning attorney.


    Jennifer Elston-Brondell Wills & Living Wills Attorney
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Contact info

Horn & Johnsen SC

Estate Planning Center of Wisconsin
414 D'Onofrio Drive, Suite 330
Madison, WI, 53719


WIGood Standing200903/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardDane County Bar Association2015
CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Probate ProcedureMarquette University Law School2006
Dean's ListMarquette University Law School2006
Summa Cum LaudeConcordia University Wisconsin2002
Phi Theta KappaSan Antonio College1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, Shareholder and Co-FounderHorn & Johnsen SC2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyKrueger & Hernandez SC2009 - 2013
Adjunct ProfessorGlobe University2009 - 2014
ParalegalKrueger & Hernandez SC2000 - 2009
ParalegalWilson Law Group, LLC1998 - 2000
ParalegalLaw Office of Charles A. Stephens, II1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
WealthCounselMember2013 - Present
Legal Association for WomenMember2012 - Present
Wills for HeroesEstate Planning Specialist2010 - Present
Dane County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember2009 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember2009 - 2013
Madison Area Paralegal AssociationMember / NALA Liaison1998 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Your Family MagazineThe Trouble with "I Love You" Wills2015
AAII Journal (American Association of Individual Investors)Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes Made With Beneficiary Designations2014
Your Family MagazineBe Careful When Naming Children as Beneficiaries2014
Your Family MagazineI'm Getting Married! Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?2014
Your Family MagazineWho Will be Responsible for the Debts of My Parents When They are Gone?2012
Your Family MagazineWhen Your Pets Outlive You2012
Your Family MagazineHealth Care Documents Can be as Important as a Will2012
MerchantCircle Expert ArticlesHow HIPAA Affects You2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Concordia University-WisconsinManagement of Criminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
San Antonio CollegeLegal AssistingAssociate in Applied Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ready, Set, Retirement!Estate Planning2015
Marital Property Agreements in Estate PlanningMarital Property Agreements2015
If Something Happens to You, Do You Have a Plan for Your Pet?Estate Planning2015
Estate Planning and Administration 101Estate Planning and Administration2015
Avoid the Top Ten Mistakes Made with Beneficiary DesignationsEstate Planning2015
AAII Investor ConferenceAvoid the Top 10 Mistakes Made With Beneficiary Designations2015
Six Reasons You May Need an Estate PlanEstate Planning2014
Ready, Set, Retirement!Estate Planning2014
Learn How Wisconsin’s Recent Adoption of the Uniform Trust Code Affects Existing and Future TrustsUniform Trust Code2014
Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the WebInternet Research2014
Drafting and Challenging Marital Property AgreementsMarital Property Agreements2014
Avoid the Top Ten Mistakes Made with Beneficiary DesignationsBeneficiary Designations2014
Avoid the Top Ten Mistakes Made with Beneficiary DesignationsEstate Planning2014
Post DOMA: From the Legal and Financial PerspectiveLGBT Post-DOMA2013
NMB 2013 Fraternal Leadership SeminarEstate Planning2013
Making Sure Your Estate Goes to the People You LoveEstate Planning2013
Family Wealth Trust SeminarEstate Planning2013
Estate Planning for the LGBT CommunityEstate Planning2013
Do You Have a Plan For Your Estate?Estate Planning2013
Family Wealth Trust SeminarEstate Planning2012
Understanding Your Estate PlanEstate Planning2011
Living Trust SeminarEstate Planning2011
Law DayAmerican Legal System2011
Continuing Education ProgramEstate Planning and Taxation2011
Living Trust SeminarEstate Planning2010
Estate Planning Seminar For The LGBT CommunityEstate Planning2010
Continuing Education ProgramEstate Planning and Taxation2010
Living Trust SeminarEstate Planning2009
Estate Planning Seminar For The LGBT CommunityEstate Planning2009