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Christopher Donley Johnson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Forest Lake, MN

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1999
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Chris understands that there are two parts to every case: the big picture, and the details. Chris works with every client to develop a comprehensive case strategy tailored to their needs and circumstances, enabling clients to find success in their case and beyond. Chris relentlessly pursues the best outcome for his clients, regularly uncovering important information that went unnoticed before his addition to the case, and seeking inventive resolutions.
Chris has served as the Mayor of Forest Lake for two terms. He also serves as the President of the 19th District of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Forest Lake Chamber of Commerce. He was named a Rising Star by his peers in the legal community on behalf of the Super Lawyers organization.
Chris is a fearless advocate for his clients’ rights in the courtroom and totally commits himself to cases, pursuing the best possible outcome. His unique skillset and approach to casework make him a fantastic addition to any case.

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Posted by Dave | February 11, 2011
Extremely Knowledgeable, Well Respected in the Community
Chris Johnson, with Johnson and Turner Law, is an exceptional lawyer. He handled my case very thoroughly and knew exactly how to proceed. He is highly ethical and was well received by the judge. Although my previous attorney made quite a mess of things, Chris was able to re-gain the respect of the court and explain things very clearly. I am very satisfied with the outcome and would highly recommend this law firm. Those that I have talked to, who know Mr Johnson, speak very highly of him. Sarah Sicheneder also worked on my case. Sarah was also very pleasant, and VERY thorough. She had a way of stating things which sounded so professional and was able to explain my situation to the court far better than I would've ever thought of. She worked hard preparing for the case and is an asset to the Johnson and Turner Team. Their prices were fair and I never once felt they were "running up the bill". There is an air of success throughout their office and it is well justified. I can tell they strive to maintain a great local reputation and hope that I am able to refer others to them. Thanks again! Dave T
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Johnson/Turner Legal
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Miller Law Office
  • 1999 - 2003


  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Jurkovich v. Jurkovich
  • Chris' client received a favorable asset award, child support and permanent spousal maintenance in the five figures per month and attorneys fees.
  • Johnson v. Johnson
  • Court of Appeals reversed District Court Order awarding a percentage of future bonuses.
  • Smith v. Smith
  • District Court granted the move and the Court of Appeals affirmed the Order.
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  • Forest Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Chair
  • 2003 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2000 - Present
  • City of Forest Lake
  • Mayor
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Forest Lake Rotary Club
  • Past President
  • 1998 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • North Star Lawyer
  • North Star Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Institute
  • You're Grounded: How to Advise Clients Regarding the Challenges of Moving with Children
  • 2016
  • Land Boundaries and Access Rights
  • Boundary Disputes, Understanding Easements, Rights of Way and Riparian Water Rights
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (20)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a highly respected attorney in the community, and he has proven to be a strong advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a diligent attorney who takes a thorough and systematic approach to issues. I highly recommend him for family and business law matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an experienced family law/trial attorney. I know from experience that he achieves excellent results for his clients. I have full confidence in his abilities."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is a brilliant attorney with a creative way to resolve matters. His techy skills and vision makes him a great business person in addition to his legal skills."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris has a tremendous ability to quickly analyze facts and legal issues and to develop practical solutions. He has significant experience in a wide variety of matters, which helps him represent clients in a number of different areas."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is a no nonsense, detail-oriented attorney. He strongly advocates for his clients, with excellent results."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"A visionary who advises clients in a broad range of areas. He doesn’t see the big picture, he sees the huge picture, which benefits his clients at every step of the way."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Before working with Chris, I used him as a mediator on a few complicated and high-conflict cases. He was able to effectively manage all parties' emotions and expectations. Because of his approach, we were able to work out an agreement in a case that I never thought would settle."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow attorney I have referred many clients to Chris over the past 20 years. He works hard for his clients and gets excellent results."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I know few attorneys that do as good of a job of continually asking "Where do we have an opportunity to be creative in our strategy and improve our client's case?" This approach pays dividends for Chris' clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"There isn't another attorney who comes close to having the level of vision and strategy Chris brings to his cases. His clients are so thankful for the creative solutions he brings to their situations, and they know they're better off after he's on board."
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Forest Lake Divorce and separation Lawyer Christopher Donley Johnson
Christopher Donley Johnson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Forest Lake, MN
Licensed for 24 years