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John Christopher Johnsen

John Christopher Johnsen

also known as Christopher Johnsen, J. Christopher Johnsen

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About me

Christopher is a compassionate and accomplished Chicago family law attorney who focuses on divorce, custody, child support and many other areas of family law.

Throughout his legal career, Christopher has been recognized by his peers as an outstanding member of the Chicago legal community. In February 2014, he was recognized by the Chicago Law Bulletin in a front page article for his robust commitment to family law and the clients he serves. Additionally, in March 2013, Christopher was honored by as “Advocate of the Month.” This incredible honor was bestowed by his peers for their appreciation of Christopher’s extraordinary dedication and contributions to the legal community.


A natural born litigator, Christopher brings a confident and charismatic personality to the courtroom. Having been “first chair” in both jury and bench trials, Christopher understands and welcomes trial when necessary to achieve the goals of his clients.

Academically, Christopher attended DePaul for his undergraduate degree, double-majoring in English and American Studies, and John Marshall Law School, for his Juris Doctor and Masters degree in Intellectual Property.

Christopher is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also sits on the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, serving on the Language Access Committee.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    5 years, 8 cases



Hourly ($250/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Johnsen. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients. Keep up the great work!


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Johnsen & Buchanan

309 W Washington
Suite 700
Chicago, IL, 60606


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201011/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Attorney of the MonthIllinoisprobono.org2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyJohnsen & Buchanan2014 - Present
AssociateBrian Dailey Law Firm2013 - 2015
AttorneyThe Law Offices of J. Christopher Johnsen2012 - 2013
AttorneyLegal Assistance Foundation Of Metropolitan Chicago2012 - 2013
DUI-Summary Suspension ProgramChicago Bar Association2011 - 2013
AuditorZurich North America2008 - 2012
Judicial ExternCook County Circuit Court2005 - 2007
International Legal AssistantBrinks Hofer Gilson & Lione2003 - 2005
Legal AssistantOrum and Roth2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar Association, LGBT Rigths CommitteeN/A2013 - Present
Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice CommissionLanguage Access Committee2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Illinois v. JZClient found not guilty.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin"Big-Hearted Lawyer Stands Out for Service"2013
Windy City Times"Lachs, First Openly Gay Judge Visits Chicago"2013
Windy City TimesGay Couple Hosts Reception for Judicial Candidate2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law SchoolIntellectual PropertyLL.M - Master of Laws2007
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
DePaul University College of LawEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Dailey Law Radio ShowFamily law2013