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David D. Johnston


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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.

  • Texas, 2002
  • Oklahoma, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • 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
  • 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
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