James W. Johnson, Of Counsel

Mr. Johnson was admitted to the Montana State Bar as well as to the federal court system on June 6, 1966.  He has been an active practitioner since that date, first as a partner in Great Falls, Montana with the law firm of Dzivi, Conklin, Johnson & Nybo from 1966 through 1979; then relocating to Kalispell, Montana and becoming a partner in the law firm of Warden, Christiansen, Johnson & Berg from 1979 through 1996, and then the law firm of Johnson, Berg, McEvoy & Bostock, PLLP, from 1996 through 2011.  Currently, he is of counsel but practicing regularly to the firm of Johnson, Berg & Saxby, PLLP.  Mr. Johnson has concentrated his practice in the areas of federal estate tax planning, general, probate and trust administration, formation and maintenance of business entities, and real estate development and transfers.  Over his 45-plus years of practice, he has given many public and private seminars, particularly in the area of estate planning.

Mr. Johnson has been a member of various boards representing civic, community, charitable and/or church purposes in both Great Falls and Kalispell.  He is currently serviing on the State Bar Ethics Committee and the Montana Supreme Court Commission on Character and Fitness.

Education and Personal

Stanford University, A.B., Economics, 1963
University of Montana, J.D., 1966
Great Falls High School, 1959
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio

Admissions and Licenses

Montana Courts
U.S. District Court, District of Montana

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Montana, Trustee, 1982-1991, President, 1991-1992, Distinguished Service Award, 1993, George L. Bousliman Professionalism Award, 2002
Northwest Montana Bar Association
American Bar Association
Rotary Club of Kalispell, President 2005
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow,1986
Chairman, Great Falls School Board, 1979
President, Uptown Optimist Club, Great Falls, Montana, 1973

Practice Areas

Estate Planning
Business Planning
Real Estate