- Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts
- Tax Law
- Business Law
Admitted to Practice in
- Iowa Bar (2007)
- Certified Public Accountant (2001)
Contact InformationDon L. Johnson
Attorney, Senior Vice President
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.
Phone: (319) 365-9461
Fax: (319) 365-8443
Don’s AssistantName: Ausha Ayers
Phone: (319) 731-2301
About Don L. Johnson
Don Johnson is an Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. Don has a general practice including but not limited to estate planning and estate administration (including the preparation of wills and trusts, probate and trust administration, and will contests), taxation (including tax return preparation and tax consulting), and business matters (including the formation of corporations and limited liability companies, contract drafting and review, and mergers and acquisitions).
Don is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to becoming an attorney, Don worked as a CPA with Roth & Company, P.C., preparing tax returns, and with the Des Moines office of Ernst & Young, LLP, as a tax consultant.
- Iowa State University, B.S. Accounting and Management Information Systems (with honors and distinction) (2001)
- University of Iowa, J.D. (with highest distinction) (Order of the Coif) (2006)
- American Bar Association (Taxation, Real Property, Trust & Estate sections)
- Iowa State Bar Association (Business Law, Probate & Trust Law and Taxation sections)
- Linn County Bar Association
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Cedar Rapids Area Estate Planning Council, Board Member and Officer (2013-2017)
- Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (Past Board Member)
Awards and Recognitions
- Best Lawyers in America® (Trusts and Estates)
- Listed as a Great Plains Super Lawyer® Rising Stars–Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions
- Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2014)
- Leadership For 5 Seasons (class of 2012)
Community and Personal
- St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation, Board Member (2015-present) and Chair (2020)
- St. Luke’s Hospital, Board Member (2020)
- Linn-Mar Foundation, Board Member (2015-2019)
- Junior Achievement of East Central Iowa, Board Member (2012-2018) and Classroom Volunteer (2007-present)
- Indian Creek Nature Center, Board Member (2009-2014) and President (2012)
Recent News Updates
From the Desk of Don L. Johnson
With the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017, there are several significant changes to the way individuals will compute their individual income tax beginning in 2018. Although the actual impact the Act will have on each individual income tax return may be different, the following provides a general summary of the most significant changes made by the Act.
My high school wrestling room displayed a banner that read, “Proper Practice Prevents Poor Performance.” The message is simple–if you put in enough thought and effort at the beginning, the end result will be better. This message holds true with regard to my practice of estate planning and estate administration–“Probate.” Proper Planning Prevents Poor Probate!
As you begin to think about your estate plan, you will need to consider the persons that you would like to have involved in your plan. Obviously, this includes your beneficiaries—those persons that you would like to receive property from your estate. Not so obvious are those persons that you would like to serve as executor, trustee, and guardian. While not as frightening as lions, tigers, and bears, thinking about those persons that you want to serve as your executor, trustee, and guardian may be worrisome. Having a general understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each will help you navigate the road towards a sound estate plan.