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I am the Daughter of an attorney and knew that this is what I always wanted to do.  I made a point to get an LL.M in Taxation after my law degree to better understand the various tax implications of estate planning and law.  I volunteer for the terminally ill in estate planning and tax matters and have for a few groups for 23 years or more.  One of my cases involved a wretched case of Elder Abuse and I pursued it for 7 years, 1997-2005.  I took it personally and stood up for Harold because no one else would.  Elder Abuse is pernicious and not to be tolerated.  In addition, I work with Special Needs Trusts to protect potential assets of those with special needs. It is a big part of what motivates me.

I was raised in San Francisco but went to High School here in Danville, where I now live with my family.  I have listed some litigation cases to show my general experience but they were cases that were filed so were public record.  On the other hand, my estate planning clients are very important to me. Their privacy and confidentiality are critical to me so you will not see me list the many cases or estate plans I have done because I will not 'name names' for better publicity or scores.  Their privacy, like yours, is more important.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 90%
    24 years, 150 cases
  2. Tax: 10%
    24 years, 25 cases



Hourly ($375-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    Through her thousands of answers to questions on Avvo, Attorney Johnson has demonstrated not only a keen legal intellect, but also the ability to provide helpful, practical guidance. Her passion and caring is also evident in the time that she takes to not only provide AN answer, but invariably, the RIGHT answer for the asker's needs. I heartily endorse Attorney Johnson as an outstanding attorney and a tremendous resource for the Avvo community! James Frederick


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Contact info


Post Office Box 8
Danville, CA, 94526-0008


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Notable Networker Award [Referrals]Business by Design2015
Notable Networker Award [CEU]BNI Business by Design2015
HERO AWARD20 Year Volunteer Hero Award2012
Volunteer of the YearFriends of the Danville Library2007
15 year CertificateAIDS Legal Referral Panel2006
AMJUR awardGolden Gate University SOL1987
AMJUR awardGolden Gate University SOL1986
AMJUR awardGolden Gate University SOL1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerJOHNSON LAW FIRM2009 - Present
Managing PartnerLEWIS & JOHNSON1992 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Danville Police Citizen's AcademyCitizen Participant2015 - Present
Realtor's Marketing AssociationMember2014 - Present
Estate and Gift tax committeeRPTE Section of the ABA2014 - Present
Uniform Law CommissionObserver2014 - Present
BNIFounding Member of Chapter2014 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
American Cancer Society referral panelAttorney1994 - 1998
Ted Mann Resource Center referral panelAttorney1993 - 1998
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionAttorney Member1993 - Present
Women Tax LawyersMember1993 - 1998
United States Tax Court;Admitted to Practice1993 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member1992 - Present
AIDS Legal Referral PanelAttorney Member1992 - Present
United States District Court of California [Northern District]Admitted to Practice1991 - Present
Queen's BenchAttorney Member1991 - 1998
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Spear v. CSAA, 2 Cal.4th 1035California Supreme Court decision for our client
John R. Ulrich, Jr. v. City and County of San Francisco,Federal Jury verdict of $4.3 million after 4 hours of deliberation
Confidential SettlementSettled in private mediation for $750,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Johnson Law Firm websiteKeeping Your Powers of Attorney Current2015
LinkedINWhat is the Big Deal About Probate2015
Johnson Law Firm websiteWho Ya Gonna Call? Elder Resources2015
Johnson Law Firm websiteBest Place to Keep Estate Planning Documents?2015
Johnson Law Firm websiteAdvance Directives: The Haves and Have Nots2015
Johnson Law Firm websiteIntestate Succession Hazards2015
Johnson Law Firm websiteGreat News for the Terminally Ill2015
Johnson Law Firm websiteWhat Exactly is Proposition 132015
Johnson Law Firm websiteWhat is a Conservatorship?2015
Johnson Law Firm websiteAre you Legally Responsible for your Parents' Debt2015
LinkedINWhen Should You Update Your Estate Plan2015
LinkedINSpecial Olympics Torch Run Danville, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 1:302015
LinkedINBloom County is Back!2015
WebsiteIn Case of Death List2014
WebsiteThe Estate Tax Exclusion Amount: It is "Permanent" only as long as they say it is!2013
WebsiteEstate Tax Exemption "Portability": Is it right for you?2013
WebsitePrepaid Funeral Plans2013
WebsiteD.O.M.A. IS DEAD2013
WebsiteEstate Planning for Same Sex Couples2013
WebsitePlanning for Animal Care2013
WebsiteWhat is Elder Abuse2013
WebsiteRevoking the Irrevocable Trust2013
WebsiteSame Sex Estate Planning2012
WebsiteThe Clock is Ticking: The tax law is set to change in a radical way and opportunities may cease to existat midnight on December 31, 2012.2012
WebsiteWhy Do I Need To Plan My Estate When The Estate Tax Exclusion Is Up To $5,000,000!?2011
WebsiteTax Considerations of Joint Ownership2011
WebsiteEstate Tax Update: It is 2010: NOW WHAT??2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1993
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, HaywardEnglish LanguageBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Senior Buzz SessionWills, Trust, Advance Directives and Powers of Atrtorney2015
Realtor's Marketing AssociationReal Property and Estate Planning2015
Monday MeetingsReal Property and Estate Planning2015
Century 21Real Property and Estate Planning2015
Business by DesignBasics of Estate Planning2015
What is Elder Abuse?What Can I do to Stop it2014
Wellness Fair 2014Elder Care Issues and Estate Planning2014
Estate Planning UpdateEstate Planning and Refinancing2014
All You Need to KnowEstate Planning Seminar2013
Wellness ConferenceEstate Planning Updates2010
“Rights of the Disabled under the ADA”Rights of the Disabled under the ADA1995
“Insights into Cancer” SeriesEmployment rights for cancer survivors1994
ADA and FEHA in employment discriminationADA and FEHA in employment discrimination1994