Carol A. Johnston

Los Angeles – Century City Office
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Carol A. Johnston concentrates her practice in estate and tax planning for individual clients, the representation of fiduciaries, and the administration of estates and trusts. Carol's work involves sophisticated planning techniques for the preservation and protection of family wealth. Her experience includes planning and drafting revocable and irrevocable trusts including dynasty trusts, life insurance planning, premarital planning, and charitable gift planning, including both charitable trusts and the formation of private foundations and public charities. Carol has extensive experience in the administration of high value estates with complex assets, estate tax return preparation, estate tax audits, and all aspects of trust administration and probate procedures.

Carol lectures annually on current developments in estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax to other attorneys for Continuing Education of the Bar. She also serves as chair of the board of trustees for Hollenbeck Palms, Inc., a nonprofit public benefit corporation that provides assisted living and skilled nursing care to seniors.  

Carol is praised by peers as someone who is "knowledgeable and works well with others" (Chambers USA). She has been certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Shown below is a selection of Carol’s engagements.


Best Lawyers in America, 2005–2016
Chambers USA, 2014–2015
Super Lawyers, 2004–2015
Citywealth Leaderslist 2015


  • JD, The University of Chicago Law School
  • BA, Middlebury College, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California


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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Hollenbeck Palms, Inc., Chair, Board of Trustees
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