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David D. Johnston

Director


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David is a Director in the Dallas office and practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international tax planning, domestic and international estate planning, estate and trust administration, and wealth preservation and asset protection planning.

David’s practice involves counseling individuals, corporations, partnerships, LLCs, foreign investors and tax-exempt organizations on a variety of issues, including (i) entity selection and formation, (ii) transactional tax planning involving taxable and non-taxable dispositions, acquisitions, mergers, split-offs, spin-offs and recapitalizations; (iii) business succession planning and family wealth transitions; and (iv) employee benefits. His practice also involves designing and structuring estate plans for high wealth individuals and the implementation of sophisticated estate planning techniques including family limited partnerships, charitable trusts, private foundations, grantor retained annuity trusts, gifts and sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, and qualified personal residence trusts. David also regularly advises clients on matters involving (i) probate and administration of estates and trusts, (ii) beneficiaries’ rights and trustee/executor obligations, and (iii) protection of assets from future spousal and creditor claims through use of pre- and post-nuptial agreements and protective business and trust structures.

Admitted
  • Texas, 2002
  • Oklahoma, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Education
  • Tax LL.M., 2002, Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • J.D., 2001, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • B.Acy., 1998, The University of Oklahoma
Affiliations
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council
  • State Bar of Texas (Tax Section)
  • American Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • Dallas Bar Association (Tax Section and Probate Trusts & Estates Section)
Honors and Awards
  • Selected to the 2009 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list
  • Recipient of the Robert Hickman Smellage, Sr. Graduate Tax Scholarship
Locations

Houston

9 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 1100
Houston, Texas 77046
Phone: 713.651.0111
Fax: 713.651.0220
Toll Free: 800.535.2701

Dallas - Preston

14755 Preston Road
Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75254
Phone: 972.788.1600
Fax: 972.702.0662

Austin

901 South Mopac Expressway
Bldg. 1, Ste. 500
Austin, Texas 78746
Phone: 512.469.7987
Fax: 512.469.9408
Toll Free: 855.679.6763

 

San Antonio

1020 Northeast Loop 410, Ste. 800
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone: 210.224.7098
Fax: 210.212.5698
Toll Free: 800.862.5079

New Orleans

365 Canal Street, Ste. 800
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: 504.299.3070
Fax: 504.299.3071
Toll Free: 888.435.8214

Cincinnati

PNC Center
201 E. 5th Street
Suite 1810
Cincinnati, OH 45202