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George W. Johnson

Phone: (231) 722-5408

Paralegal: Lynn Buikema

George has over 40 years of experience representing businesses and individuals, focusing on areas of business formation, entity selection, succession planning for closely-held businesses, and probate and estate planning. He also represents estates and trusts during administration.

George has a wide range of experience working with all types of businesses, from start-ups to medical practices to established manufacturers. He utilizes his expertise in both business law and estate planning in his representation of and planning for family-owned businesses.

When working with individuals and families, George focuses his attention on formulating practical estate plans that achieve the client’s goals and help to preserve family relationships, which are often challenged by the death or incapacity of a loved one. His personal expertise lies in taking complicated situations and providing clear, understandable, and workable solutions for his clients.

George received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. George then went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Denver. He was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in 1975. George joined the firm of O’Toole, Johnson, Potter, Rolf and Eklund in 1976, then became a full partner in 1977. In 1992 his firm merged with Parmenter, Forsythe, Rude, Van Epps, Briggs & Fauri to become Parmenter O’Toole.

George believes that in order to effectively serve clients he must be considerate of their needs and availability, advise them of their options and how underlying legal and practical considerations may affect them, and provide step-by-step guidance through their plan so that the client can make informed decisions.

On a personal level, when George is not counseling clients, he enjoys skiing, fishing, and hiking out West.

Practice Areas

  • Business
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Court Practice
  • Trust & Estate Administration


  • University of Denver, J.D., 1975
  • University of Michigan, B.A. with distinction, 1971

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Muskegon County Bar Association

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan, 1975

Community Activities & Boards

  • Goodwill Industries of West Michigan
    Board Member