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Christopher Carney Johnson

Elder law Attorney at Hendersonville, TN

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also known as Chris

  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 9 years
    Virginia - VA 17 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2006
    Associate No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Trusts -Revocable -Irrevocable -Special Needs Wills -Pourover -Trust Wills Powers of Attorney -Durable General -Health Care Veterans Benefits -VA Applications​ -VA Pension -VA Claims Appeals

  2. Litigation

  3. Power of attorney

  4. Trusts

  5. Wills and living wills

Christopher "Chris" Johnson was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, he graduated from The Basic School of Quantico, Virginia on the Commanding General's Honor Roll and then graduated from Infantry Officer's Course. After completing his first tour of duty serving as a Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, and Company Commander, with two deployments, he was one of eight selectees to the Marine Corps Law Education Program (LEP). Chris chose the College of William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia and was selected for the Funded Law Education Program (FLEP). Upon receipt of his Juris Doctor and passing the Virginia Bar, he attended Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. After re-designation as a Judge Advocate, Chris served as both Defense Counsel and Senior Defense Counsel for Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, the Head Prosecutor for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Chief Legal Assistance Officer at Parris Island, and Executive Officer of 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island. Further, he served on the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Commanding General's Staff as his Deputy Staff Judge Advocate and as the Officer in Charge of the Legal Service Support Team (LSST) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. Chris also served as the Deputy Chief Advisor for the Afghan National Army/Ministry of Defense Legal Advisor Team for one year at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan. Chris retired from the Marine Corps as a Major and relocated to Nashville. He is an accredited attorney with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Veterans Benefits and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Chris lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his son.



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Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law
201 Walton Ferry Road
P.O. Box 364
Hendersonville, TN, 37077-0364


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Posted by Donna | January 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Benefits for atomic veterans
After my husband's death last year, I discovered that he was classified as an "atomic veteran". He had been present during nuclear testing occurring in Nevada during the 1950s, and his cancer was possibly related to this exposure. I did some preliminary online research, but ultimately entrusted the process of filing for survivor's benefits to the Elder Law Specialists of Takacs/McGinnis, specifically Chris Johnson. Before my first appointment with Mr. Johnson, he had already made calls and collected information regarding filing for these benefits. He and my care coordinator, Pati Bedwell, explained the necessary paperwork, took the medical records and documentation of service that I was able to provide, and filed my claim. I have been told that a standard claim can take close to a year to be processed, but mine was approved in just two months. I received a personal phone call from Mr. Johnson, notifying me of the positive decision. That's something you don't expect from a busy lawyer, but it meant a lot to me. I am disabled and rely on Social Security Disability benefits as my only source of income. This government assistance for my husband's service to his country will take a heavy weight off my shoulders, and I can't recommend Mr. Johnson highly enough for his knowledge, compassion, and true excitement over finding a way to help me.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Heritage Law Group
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Deputy Chief Advisor-Afghan Nat'l Army/Ministry of Def Legal
  • US Marine Corps Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate
  • US Marine Corps MCAS Cherry Point
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Battalion Executive Officer
  • US Marine Corps MCRD Parris Island
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Military Justice Officer-Head Prosecutor
  • US Marine Corps MCRD Parris Island
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Chief Legal Assistance Officer
  • US Marine Corps MCRD Parris Island
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Senior Defense Counsel/Defense Counsel
  • US Marine Corps
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Student
  • USMC
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Infantry Officer
  • USMC
  • 2000 - 2003
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  • Command and Staff College--USMC (With Distinction)
  • 2012
  • Expeditionary Warfare School--USMC
  • 2009
  • College of William and Mary School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • New College, Oxford University, Oxford, England/GWU
  • Certificate in International Human Rights Law
  • 2005
  • The Basic School, Quantico Virginia
  • 2000
  • Infantry Officers Course--USMC
  • 2000
  • United States Naval Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 1999
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  • Sumner County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Rotary International
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9851
  • Adjutant
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • DCOM-Army, Ministerial Advisor Group(MAG)
  • 2013
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • US Marine Corps
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2017
  • Honoring the Heroes of the Armed Forces, Lebanon Senior Citizens Center
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2017
  • Hendersonville Senior Center Lunch and Learn
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2017
  • Fifty Forward Madison
  • Life Planning Seminar
  • 2017
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Hendersonville Elder law Lawyer Christopher Carney Johnson
Christopher Carney Johnson
Elder law Attorney
Hendersonville, TN
Licensed for 17 years

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