Phone: 972.386.8500
Email: djohnston@lss.legal

David Johnston

About David

David’s practice focuses primarily on domestic and international tax planning, domestic and international estate planning, estate and trust administration, and wealth preservation and asset protection planning.

David advises individuals, corporations, partnerships, LLCs 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, exchanges, 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-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and protective business and trust structures.

While David grew up in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma and is still a big Oklahoma Sooners fan, Texas became home when he moved to Dallas in 2001 to obtain a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation at SMU School of Law – and he has practiced law in Dallas ever since.

When David is not working or spending time with his beloved wife and two daughters, he enjoys reading, traveling, socializing with friends, and attending live music and theater.

Admitted

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

Education

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, 2002Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2001University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Bachelor of Accountancy (B.Accy.), 1998The 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

Contact Info

Phone: 972.386.8500
Email: djohnston@lss.legal