In my early years as a financial planner, I realized that estate planning was an often overlooked area of planning not only by clients but by their financial advisors.

The reason I became an estate planning attorney was to help people make sure that their wishes are carried out during incapacity and after death. I had seen too many people impacted by the lack of estate planning or poor estate planning. I did not want to see the government or the courts take control of a person's property in a way that was not consistent with the person's wishes and intent. I am passionate about making sure that estate and property wishes are accurately reflected in living trusts and other estate-planning documents for my clients. Knowing that families won't have to scramble, get stuck in court, or lose property for failure to plan motivates me. 

Helping people with their finances is something I have enjoyed for over 28 years because of the impact it has on them and their legacies. I help singles, marrieds, and blended families sort out the complexities of establishing an estate plan that is flexible enough to meet their current needs and any changes that may arise in the future. My firm delivers exceptional service and support throughout the planning process. My mission is to help those who value good advice, want to take care of business, and want to take care of their families and charitable causes they are passionate about. 


University of The Pacific - Bachelor of Arts., Communications (BA)

California State University East Bay - Master of Business Administration (MBA)

John F. Kennedy College of Law - Juris Doctor (JD)

Background and Interests

I love basketball, especially Golden State Warriors basketball since 2005 (yes, I suffered through the bad times). I love great wine, music, and good conversations. 

Being a graduate of the University of The Pacific, in Stockton, CA, and California State University East Bay, I have deep roots in the Bay Area and Central Valley. My previous experience includes the position of Law Clerk for the Law Office of Joan Grimes, Financial Planner for Prudential Preferred Advisors; Regional Vice President for USAllianz Investor Services, LLC; Agency Owner, Allstate Insurance Co; and Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

In addition to volunteering for various community and civic organizations over the years, I have served on School Site Councils and on a city Planning Commission. In July 2018, I became the Chairman of the Alameda County Leadership Council of the American Red Cross. Currently, I'm a member of the Professional Advisor Leadership Council of the East Bay Community Foundation. With a wife of 28 years and two children, God has been good to me. My daughter is a graduate of San Domenico School in San Anselmo, Carleton College in Minnesota, and recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. My son is a graduate of The Athenian School in Danville, CA, and Seattle University, Seattle, WA.   

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  • An Excellent experience

    We went to Martin Johnson by way of an ARAG referral for a trust and will. He and his staff were extremely cordial, listened to our concerns and made every effort to take care of them, making the entire process, which was unfamiliar to us, simple and not time-consuming. The end result was very sa...
  • Keith and Laurie Recommends Martin Johnson

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  • Outstanding Service

    I highly recommend Martin for your estate planning needs. He patiently listened to what we wanted for our family and created a plan that will protect our assets for generations to come. He explained complex concepts in easy to understand terms and put in place a structure that will grow as our ...
  • Attention to Detail When It Counts!

    I can't say enough about the wonderful service I received from Martin C. Johnsons Estate Planning Team! Every detail of developing a highly effective will and trust was completed. All of my questions were answered and even things I hadn't thought of were addressed and fully explained. I appreciat...