M. Jean Johnston

Jean is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP. Jean is a tax attorney and focuses her practice in the areas of complex estate planning, trust and probate administration, and individual and fiduciary taxation. Jean represents individuals in their estate, tax and business planning, and fiduciaries and beneficiaries in probate and trust administration. Jean also acts as a consultant or expert witness in litigation involving trusts and estates and tax related issues.

Jean is a frequent lecturer in the areas of tax and estate planning and has spoken at numerous seminars, including the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, American Bankers Association, Continuing Education of the Bar, and Practicing Law Institute.

Jean has written several papers on tax and estate planning and authored “Income, Gift and Estate Tax Considerations for Domestic Partnerships” for the CEB publication “California Domestic Partnerships.” She also has served as consultant on other CEB publications.

Jean received her B.A. from the University of California at Irvine, her J.D. from Hastings College of Law, University of California, and has her LL.M in Taxation from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the State Bar of California – Taxation and Estate Planning Sections; BALIF; and the Horizons Foundation Advisory Board. Jean is married and lives in San Francisco, CA.