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Chris Johnson serves clients in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties in trusts, wills and probate. He brings extensive experience in drafting estate plans for small to the largest estates, as well as years of reaching successful outcomes for clients in disputes involving wills, trusts or elder abuse.


 


He is a Dean's Scholar graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Wheaton College in 1991.


 


Prior to his work at U.S. Trust as a Senior Vice President with ultra high net worth clients, he was a founding partner of Russakow | Ryan | Johnson, P.C. He also founded his own estate planning and probate practice in Pasadena, and worked as a civil litigation attorney for the Law Office of Errol Berk in Ventura. He has appeared on NBC-TV news and radio programs to discuss estate planning and probate issues, as well as interviews for local and national publications, and is a frequent lecturer regarding trust, probate and elder law issues.


 

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Languages spoken: Armenian, English

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Probate: 34%
    21 years
  2. Trusts: 24%
    22 years
  3. Estate Planning: 24%
    22 years
  4. Elder Law: 9%
  5. Other: 9%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($175-425/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John F Cannon

    Chris is a very competent attorney who takes excellent care of his clients. Chris pays very close attention to detail to ensure that things are done correctly. Chris' demeanor and level of care for his clients is top notch. This, along with Chris' advanced level of knowledge regarding estate planning make me very confident in referring clients to his office.

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    John Cannon Family Attorney
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  • Afsanae Angela Abbasi

    I endorse Chris Johnson. He is an knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.

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Contact info

5861 Pine Avenue, Suite A-1
Chino Hills, CA, 91709

77564 Country Club Drive
Suite 150
Palm Desert, CA, 92211

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199405/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2014
Top 100 Attorneys - CaliforniaThe National Advocates2014
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2013
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2012
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2010
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2009
Recognition, Probate Volunteer Panel serviceLos Angeles County Superior Court2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyChristopher B. Johnson, Attorney at Law1995 - Present
Senior Trust Officer, Senior Vice PresidentU.S. Trust2011 - 2012
FounderArroyo Law Group, LLP2010 - 2011
PartnerRussakow Ryan & Johnson, APC2001 - 2010
Attorney, Law ClerkLaw Office of Errol Berk1993 - 1995
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Pasadena Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Pasadena Playhouse District AssociationMember and property owner representative1995 - Present
City of Hope Music and Entertainment Industry CommitteeMember2011 - 2014
Wellness Community of the FoothillsChair and member, Planned Giving Committee2008 - 2014
WealthCounselMember2005 - 2011
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalEyes wide open: The key to effective estate planning and asset protection2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AN/A1994
Wheaton College, Wheaton ILCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Special Needs PlanningSpecial Needs Trusts2014
Fiduciary Roundtable of the San Gabriel ValleyIncapacity and the Donald Sterling Trial2014
Estate Planning Boot CampPlanning with Revocable Trusts2014
WebinarEstate Planning for Business Owners2013
Top 10 Things Estate Planners Need to KnowEstate Planning2013
Pasadena conference and webinarEstate Planning for Business Owners2013
Pasadena ConferenceEstate Planning and Probate Basics2013
MyLawCLEEstate Planning Basics for Attorneys2013
MyLawCLEElder Law for Attorneys2013
Trusted Advisors Seminar SeriesIncentive Trusts and 2012 Planning Opportunities2012
Quarterly speaking series, U.S. TrustElder Care and Ethics2012
Quarterly speakers seriesElder Care and Ethics II2012
Naples, Florida webinarSpecial Needs Trusts and Medicaid2012
Naples, FL webinar and Pasadena conferenceEstate Planning & Probate Basics2012
LawReviewCLE National Webinar - Las VegasElder Law2012
Employee Benefits Advisor PartnersTax Implications of the Health Care Act2012
Elder Law Basics - Pasadena and AnaheimElder Law2012
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning2011
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Elder Law SectionPolicies and Concerns of Financial Institutions Accepting and Rejecting Powers of Attorneys, Trusts and Other Paperwork for the Older Client2011
Estate PlanningEstate Planning options2010
Cancer Support Community LuncheonEstate planning and charitable gifts2010
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning2010
Estate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planningEstate Planning2009
Cancer Support Community luncheonEstate planning and charitable gifts2009
Fiduciary Roundtable of the San Gabriel ValleyWhat Not to Do as a Fiduciary2007
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning2007
Lorman Education - Wills and probate administrationIssues in probate administration2005
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning2000
Gideons CalNevSo annual conferenceEstate Planning and Charitable Trusts1999
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning1999
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning1998
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning1997
Burbank Joslyn Adult CenterEstate planning with a living trust and developments in estate planning1996