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Alexander J. Johnson

Associate Attorney
ajohnson@kugelmanlaw.com
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Phone: (415) 569-7042
Fax: (415) 534-9441

21 Tamal Vista Blvd #202
Corte Madera, California 94925

As a former intelligence officer in the Marine Corps, Alexander J. Johnson is accustomed to researching a complicated subject matter, determining how it is applicable to the objective, and presenting it in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand.

“I strive to present difficult legal concepts in simple terms and provide legal guidance that makes sense to non-lawyers,” Alex said.

Alex handles estate law, tax, crypto, and business law cases for clients that can impact their everyday lives. These areas may be confusing and intimidating, especially given the abundance of contradictory advice available online.

That’s why Alex’s goal is to provide clients with clear advice and strategies on how to practically navigate esoteric legal processes, resolve conflict, and plan for the future.

His interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology started in law school while studying foreign tax policy as it related to foreign currency exchanges. That research led him to investigate cryptocurrencies as a universal unit of exchange and sparked his interest in the utility of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

“I like to research the law, and I enjoy helping clients make the law work for them and their families,” he said.

The biggest misconception people have about their estate planning, tax, crypto, and business law problems is waiting too long to seek legal assistance, according to Alex. Courts and government institutions are slow and resolutions could take a long time, especially if dealing with estate administration issues.

“If you are a fiduciary, such as an executor or trustee, then you can be held personally liable for your failure to act or observe legal formalities,” Alex explains. “If you think you were entitled to property from an estate as an heir, beneficiary, or creditor, then there are strict statutes of limitations that can prevent you from making a claim if you do not act quickly.”

When it comes to navigating these complicated legal processes, Alex strives to ensure his clients understand the process, that he understands his clients’ goals, and that he keeps them informed of their legal rights and obligations.

“Clients can expect me to be clear, communicative, and collaborative,” Alex said about his approach to client communication. “I want to understand what clients see as winning and work tirelessly to help them reach that goal.”

Education

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 2018
Cum Laude; Law Review (Editor); Tax Moot Court

B.A. in English (major) / Spanish (minor), The Citadel, 2009
Magna Cum Laude; Mock Trial

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice California, 2019
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Trusts and Estates Bar Section
Member Since: 2019

Articles

A Bite at the Elephant: How Foreign Tax Policy Will Win the Wild West of Cryptocurrencies by Alexander J. Johnson, Tax Notes, Dec 2018

Skillcoin: How Blockchain Based Credentialing Will Help Curb Discriminatory Hiring Practices by Alexander J. Johnson, University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 53 Summer 2019

Client Reviews
★★★★★
Alexander helped me break down my tax situation and used his expertise to figure out the next actionable steps, make sure that all the bases were covered (that I wasn't aware even existed), and confirm that things were done correctly. If you are confused and stuck in a difficult tax situation, Alexander will guide you forward and help you confidently resolve the issue. Henry Wang
★★★★★
If you are having tax trouble, Alexander is the one to help you. He was very professional, personable, and easy to reach. His explanation of the entire process is helpful for easing the stress that is associated with tax trouble. We never felt intimidated or out of the loop while working with him. The process was handled to our liking and we are satisfied with the results. Even the after care has been phenomenal! Tony W.
★★★★★
If anyone out there is in need of stellar legal tax assistance, look no further and contact Alexander Kugelman. He helped me tremendously with my tax situation and is always there to help when needed. If I can give Alexander more stars, I would because 5 stars is not enough! Thank you for everything, Alex!!! Flo Lauzon
★★★★★
Alexander has been a life saver! I got dragged into some serious IRS issues with a complicated foreign assignment component, which included divorce. Alexander has been working with me to resolve directly with the IRS. Alexander is detail oriented, responsive and I trust him to guide me. I will be using Alexander for all tax related matters from now on! He is stuck with me forever. Eve T.
★★★★★
Alexander helped me understand the IRS audit process and prepared my response. There were certain records that I had lost, but he suggested alternatives that the IRS accepted. Even better, he showed up at the audit for me and I never actually had to talk with the IRS. I didn't have to pay any penalties. I'd definitely recommend hiring Alexander to deal with an IRS issue. L.R.