Alexander J. JohnsonAssociate Attorney
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.”
Alex has been honored in 2022 and 2023 as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters rating service of distinguished attorneys.
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
Trusts and Estates Bar Section
Member Since: 2019
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