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Derek Ray Johnson

Business Attorney at Richland, WA

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2015
    Status
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About Derek

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Derek Johnson grew up in a small community in the midwest. After multiple family trips to the Pacific Northwest, Derek decided that Washington was the place he eventually wanted to make his home. After attending University of North Dakota on a Presidential Scholarship, Derek applied to and was accepted at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. 

While attending law school, Derek developed an interest in tax law and estate planning. He spent two semesters in the tax law clinic as well as participated in creating wills and estate plans for veterans.

Derek was also involved in the Society for Law in Business for all three of his years in law school. He became president of the club during his last year. During his tenure in the Society of Law and Business, Derek was involved in organizing three different business law CLE's, spotlighting the Dodd-Frank Act, the Jobs Act, and Securities Regulations. 

 

 

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Location

Derek Ray Johnson
710 George Washington Way Ste A
Po Box 840
Richland, WA, 99352-4254

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Posted by Russ | May 21, 2018
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Will with special needs trust.
We have a handicapped son, so we needed to do some planning to care for him. Derek prepared our wills and included provisions for a guardian and setting up a special needs trust. Derek listened to our wishes and included them in the will. Answered all of our questions and prepared the will with all the associated documents.
Posted by Joe | April 20, 2018
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Professional
We had estate planning documents prepared by Derek Johnson at Gravis Law, and he was courteous, professional, and timely. We will recommend both Derek and Gravis Law to our friends, family, and co-workers.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2018
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Probate
I hired Mr. Johnson to help me with the probate of my Father’s Estate. Mr. Johnson was professional, timely in answering my questions and completing the process, and his fee was reasonable. I have no complaints, and would recommend him.
Posted by Paulette | May 5, 2017
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A great lawyer to help you.
We were able to get a timely appointment with Derek . He answered all the questions my mother and I asked, and gave us professional, good advice. He made sure our dilemma was handled, which provided a great peace of mind. I recommend him highly. Thank you.
Posted by Pat | May 1, 2017
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Estate Planning
Derek and his team developed eight documents in support of our estate plan. When we called to set up our meeting, Derek's paralegal provided specific guidance regarding the types of information that we would need for our meeting with Derek so that we were prepared for our initial discussion. That session was used to review our information and lay out an estate plan that was tailored to our situation. He explained the reasons for each document and also explained why he did not propose other options that we had considered. His team developed draft documents using the information from the initial session. Again, these were provided to us for review ahead of our next meeting. Based on that review, we requested some modifications which also accomplished in time to allow us to finalize and sign the documents at our second meeting. We were impressed with Derek's efficiency and appreciated the fact that he didn't waste our time. From a personal standpoint, I also appreciated Derek's patience and his clear explanations regarding the work that needed to be done. He made the process that I had been dreading (and avoiding) relatively pleasant and worry free. I will be a return customer.
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Posted by JOHN | March 31, 2017
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LEGAL DOCS
DEREK DID A GREAT JOB IN A TIMELY MANNER , THE WORK HE DID HELPED US OUT . IF WE NEED HIM AGAIN WE WILL BE CALLING . GREAT JOB
Posted by Charles | February 23, 2017
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Estate planning
We interviewed Derek with the idea in mind of updating our estate because we had moved to Washington for California. My wife and I both have extensive business backgrounds which - while we are not attorneys - involved important legal issues; particularly in the areas of complicated fiduciary and insurance matters. He gave us a cogent and concise overview of the Washington way of doing things regarding our estate. We proceeded to hire him without restraint. In our view, he did just fine and will have a splendid career.
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Posted by William | December 2, 2016
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Great Attorney.
Derek represented us in a estate dispute and got a fair settlement for us. If not for his effort I fear we would have lost what we were entitled to receive. He also put to gather a estate planning package us. His work on this was excellent and very professional. His fees a very reasonable, and he delivered what was promised in a timely manner. I would not hesitate to hire or recommend Derek and his team for any legal work I would require in the future.
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Posted by Jeff | October 7, 2016
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complete God Send
Last year my wife lost her father in the Kennewick area we had to go handle everything without knowing one sole there. To add to that, we lived 1500 miles away in NYC. Derek's firm had some decent reviews and we weren't there long enough to go through a vetting process like we normally would for a probate attorney. With that being said, we were lucky to find Derek to assist us through this time. He not only handled 100% of the legal side of the probate, he was are trusted ears on the ground and did even some of the tasks that most attorneys would have felt were beneath them. The fact is that the process would have NEVER went as well as it did without Derek. To this day, we still have an income property in the area and he has assisted on two other projects and of course knocked it out of the park. Lastly, his honesty and fairness when it pertains to billing for hours is absolutely remarkable. To the extent that I don't even ask questions about how he comes to his hours like I am normally anal about with other business partnerships. He is the salt of the earth and I would STRONGLY recommend him for anything he told me he was comfortable handling.
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Posted by Janice | October 7, 2016
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Great experience
We hired Derek to help with our estate planning. He did an excellent job addressing our concerns, even changing nuances in the document's language and tailoring the process to suit our particular needs and preferences. He made the process extremely easy and it gave us great peace of mind to know that we had an experienced professional (who knows all the ins and outs of the pertinent WA state laws) addressing all the necessary details of a comprehensive estate plan. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for help with wills, health care directives and all other aspects of estate planning.
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Posted by Bob | April 15, 2016
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Knowledgeable, Helpful, Friendly
Derek drafted a contract for me to use with consulting clients in the crowdfunding industry. He helped troubleshoot contractual relationship issues with a third party platform and ensure protection in the language describing client and company consideration.
Posted by Joleene | April 10, 2016
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Great Experience!
Derek was so professional and patient answering all our questions. He was always responsive and informative. He advised us of all our options and then assisted us in executing our wishes. My husband and I feel a huge weight off our shoulders knowing that we have tied up this loose end. Thank you again for your advise and professionalism in assisting with our estate planning.
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Posted by Steve | April 8, 2016
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Great attorney very thorough
Derek did my LLC and company start up. He was very through in making sure everything was complete and timely. I highly recommend him he has done a spectacular job for me.
Posted by Tim Mc | October 29, 2015
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Excellent Attorney!!!
Working with Derek was a great experience. I would highly recommend him to others. Derek was honest, knowledgeable and always made himself available to answer any questions for me throughout this process. Derek has earned my trust and confidence. He has treated me like family and I am extremely grateful for the first-class service he has provided. I would hire Derek again without question. I am a life-long client! Thank you Derek for all your hard work.
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Posted by Sara Q. | August 18, 2015
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Highly recommended
Derek has been fantastic. He helped us incorporate and is currently rewriting our contracts. Derek's feedback has been invaluable, and he has always been very timely and easy to reach. Overall, the experience of working with Derek has been really great. His friendliness and expertise have made all of our dealings seamless.
Posted by Justin Kasparek | July 21, 2015
Excellent Service!
Derek has been extremely attentive and helpful throughout the entire consultation process. I am appreciative of how he has kept me updated and how he has taken the time to explain concepts specific to my situation. He is hands down the best and most reliable attorney I have had the privilege of working with.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gravis Law, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Fisher Olson & Juntunen
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Gonzaga Legal Clinic
  • 2012 - 2014

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of North Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tri-City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • American Academy of Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Dean's List
  • Gonzaga School of Law
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Ninth Circuit Win: The Student's Perspective
  • Nine Circuit Tax Court Case Win
  • 2017
  • TriConf
  • Practical and Simple Estate Planning For Your Family and Startup
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Event
  • Advanced Estate Planning
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (17)
Endorse Derek
Business Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derek is an excellent commercial transactions attorney able to plan through complex transactions or working with families to protect their farms. I would recommend Derek on any commercial transactions project, including those that tie into complex estate planning."
Business Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Johnson. He is professional, experienced, and a hard working attorney."
Business Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable, industrious, and practical. He finds what information is needed and gets things done without hyping things up."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derek is a very talented and personable attorney who helps guide clients through the often confusing process of estate planning in order to craft solutions tailored to their needs. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Derek is a bright, conscientious attorney. I regularly refer my clients to Derek for their estate planning needs."
Business Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He has been very professional to deal with in successfully resolving the dispute between our clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Derek works hard for his clients and goes the extra mile to get results."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Johnson has more knowledge than many experienced attorneys. I highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Derek is a great lawyer. He is smart, resourceful, and dedicated to his clients. I would recommend Derek to anyone needing counsel or representation regarding estate planning and/or probate matters."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Derek when difficult probate matters come up in my family law practice. I am glad to have a lawyer I can rely on when I need help with wills, trusts and other probate and planning issues. My willingness to trust my client's issues to Derek is the strongest recommendation I can give."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derek is very resourceful and highly capable. He has a strong sense of how to take complicated legal processes and uncomplicate them."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derek has a fantastic eye for detail, is easy to collaborate with, and continues to innovate his practice approach for client convenience."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Derek is dedicate and hard worker. He is a great listener, which allows him to quickly understand the underlying issues in a case. He goes the extra mile for his clients, which shows in his growing book of clients."
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