Wayne R. Johnson is managing principal of Wayne R. Johnson & Associates, PLC, a law firm located in Los Angeles. Wayne’s practice is concentrated in the areas of domestic and international wealth planning, family business planning, and tax controversy matters. Wayne earned B.S. degrees in accounting, business finance and economics from North Dakota State University in 1989; a Juris Doctor (with Distinction) from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1994; and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Taxation Law from New York University School of Law in 1995.
Wayne is a member of the State Bar of California, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also an active member of several bar associations, including the State Bar of California, and is a former chair of the California State Bar’s Taxation Section.
Wayne is a member of both the USC Tax Institute (having previously served as both a Member of the Institute’s Executive Committee and as chair of the Institute’s Subcommittee on Individual Income Taxation from 2006-2009) and the UCLA Tax Controversy Institute’s Planning Committee. Law and Politics Magazine and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine named Wayne a SuperLawyer in the field of taxation law in each of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Prior to that, these same publishers named Wayne a “Rising Star” among Southern California lawyers from 2004 to 2006 – a designation reserved for attorneys 40 years of age or under, or who have practiced law for 10 years or less, that have shown themselves to be among the very best in their field of expertise.
Wayne frequently writes and lectures on tax, business and estate planning matters. He is an adjunct professor of tax law at Loyola Law School’s Graduate Tax Program (Estate and Gift Taxation I), and serves as a member of the Graduate Tax Program’s Board of Advisors.
Wayne has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Los Angeles campus of Golden Gate University’s Graduate Tax Program (Corporate Taxation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Introduction to Foreign Taxation, Introduction to State and Local Taxation); and at Western State University College of Law (Taxation of Business Entities, Personal Finance for Lawyers).
Prior to practicing law, Wayne spent several years as a public accountant, and continues to regularly consult to regional and national accounting firms with regard to tax matters.