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Johanna J. Allex,

Johanna J. Allex is a partner in the Madison office of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP where she helps families and individuals to plan for and manage life’s expected and unexpected transitions. Johanna’s law practice covers all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, marital property law, business succession planning, and tax-exempt organization planning and operations. Johanna is a Certified Public Accountant.

Johanna’s practice also includes working as an impartial mediator to help families and individuals resolve disputes involving probate, trust administration and adult guardianships. Johanna’s goal is to try to help people to identify priorities, resolve conflicts and make decisions together about how to move forward without the need to resort to litigation that can be costly to both relationships and finances.  

Johanna regularly lectures on topics, such as estate planning, alternative dispute resolution, and operational issues of importance to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. She also co-taught a practical seminar in Estate Planning and Estate Administration as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  

Johanna’s Transactional Experience Includes:

  • Drafting Wills, Trusts, and other estate planning documents.

  • Probate and trust administration.

  • Drafting and negotiating Marital Property Agreements.

  • Designing and helping to implement complex gift and estate planning techniques.

  • Acting as general counsel and business advisor to nonprofit organizations.

  • Business succession planning.

  • Organizing and obtaining income tax exemption recognition for local and national nonprofit organizations, such as charities, educational institutions, and trade associations.

  • Nonprofit governance and corporate procedures, including advising directors and officers about fiduciary duties.

  • Organizational changes, such as mergers, conversions, amendments to articles and bylaws, and joint ventures.

  • Planned giving.

  • Charitable registration advising.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Masters of Music)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S.)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Wisconsin State Bar – Real Property and Probate, Taxation Sections

  • Madison Estate Council

  • Wisconsin Planned Giving Council

  • American Bar Association – Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators

  • Dane County Bar Association


Johanna and her husband, Mike, have six adult children between the two of them and, as of press time, two grandchildren. Johanna is a life-long resident of Madison, Wisconsin. Johanna enjoys road cycling, knitting, hiking and spending time with family and friends. Johanna’s favorite vacations have included her bike, a cue sheet, and plenty of snacks for the day ahead.

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Contact info

Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP

222 W. Washington Ave.
Suite 900
Madison, WI, 53703

Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 30%
  2. Wills: 20%
  3. Probate: 20%
  4. Business: 15%
    Less than 1 year
  5. Tax: 15%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey A Mandell

    Johanna is knowledgeable, creative, and thorough. When I asked for her help with a problem in an area of law unfamiliar to me, she asked probing questions to understand what I wanted to accomplish and quickly cut to the heart of the matter, providing clear, practical advice and saving me hours of research. I look forward to working with Johanna again.


    Jeffrey Mandell Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Denasha A. Scott

    Johanna is an outstanding attorney and advocate for her clients; she truly cares about the process and the outcome. She is collaborative and thoughtful, smart and detailed.


    Denasha Scott Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


WIGood Standing200003/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wisconsin Women in the LawWisconsin Law Journal2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerStafford Rosenbaum, LLP2015 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Wisconsin Law School2009 - 2010
Partner/OwnerLaw Offices of Christenson and Allex, LLC2006 - 2015
AssociateMichael Best & Friedrich, LLP (Associate 1989 1996)2000 - 2006
InternWisconsin Department Of Revenue1998 - 1998
Academic Intern/Summer AssociateMichael Best & Friedrich, LLP1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
WisPACT, Inc.Chair2016 - Present
Madison Estate CouncilN/A2006 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinN/A2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Madison Civics Club, Inc.Co-chair2012 - 2013
Natural Heritage Land Trust, Inc.President2008 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Estate Planning magazineHow Family Partnerships Can Navigate the Section 2036 Minefield2003
Wisconsin LawyerConservation Easements: Important Tools to Preserve Land2002
Journal of State TaxationDeutsches Land Raises Questions Regarding the Taxabilty of a Charitable Organization's Property in Wisconsin2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolMusic (Performing)MA - Masters1990
University of Wisconsin, MadisonMusic (Performing)BS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fundraising and Development for NonprofitsCreative Ideas for Planned Giving2016