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Cory L. Johnson joined the law firm of Chicoine & Hallett, P.S. as a Summer Associate in 2006, and returned as an Associate upon graduation from the University of Washington School of Law in 2007.  Before joining Chicoine & Hallett, P.S., Ms. Johnson served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard C. Tallman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Johnson was a Special Agent with the Department of Health and Human Services investigating white-collar crimes.  Ms. Johnson received a B.A. in accounting from the University of Washington School of Business. 


Ms. Johnson focuses her practice on federal criminal and civil tax disputes, ranging from estate valuation controversies to representing clients during IRS audits and before the IRS Office of Appeals.  She has helped clients navigate the IRS Criminal Investigation Voluntary Disclosure Program, and has successfully resolved collection matters on behalf of her clients. 


Ms. Johnson is admitted to practice in the Washington State Courts, the United States Tax Court, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. 

Ms. Johnson enjoys spending time with her husband and their two labs, Timber and Aspen.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 80%
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%

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Colvin + Hallett

719 2nd Ave.
Suite 1450
Seattle, WA, 98104-1728


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateChicoine & Hallett, Attorneys at Law2007 - Present
Summer AssociateChicoine & Hallett, Attorneys at Law2006 - 2006
Judicial ExternUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit2005 - 2005
Special AgentUS Department of Health & Human Services1997 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Women in TaxN/A2012 - Present
American Society of Women AccountantsN/A2012 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattleTreasurer2011 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitN/A2007 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionAdmitted Member2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonN/A2007 - Present
United States Tax CourtN/A2007 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationAdmitted Member2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAdmitted Member2007 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law Section, Tax CouncilTreasurer2012 - 2013
Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law SectionScholarship Chair2009 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Crabapple, LLC v. US; 07-cv-00263, Western District of WashingtonSettlement
Pacific Fisheries, Inc. v. US; 06-35718, Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsPending
Pacific Fisheries, Inc., v. US; No. 06-02436, Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsRemanded
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of WashingtonAccountingBachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WWIT Monthly MeetingBasics of Federal Tax Controversies2011
WSBA CLEAdvising The Small Business Client2011
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic CLEInnocent Spouse Relief2011
CLE BootcampUpdates on Federal Tax2011
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic CLESubstitute Returns, Document Matching System, and the Audit Reconsideration Process2010
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic CLEEmployment Taxes, Trust Fund & Related Issues2010
CLE BootcampUpdates on Federal Tax2010