Clayton J. Johnson




Clayton Johnson serves as chairman of the Firm's Business Department and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Clay works extensively with closely held businesses regarding issues such as entity formation, tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He also advises successful families and business owners regarding real estate, business succession, and estate planning matters.


Community Involvement

  • Past President of the Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council
  • Saginaw Leadership Cares Giving Circle, founding member
  • YMCA - Saginaw, Board Member, 2018-present
  • Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Community Advisory Board Member, 2021-present
  • Saginaw Valley State University Alumni Association, Board Member, 2011-2018
  • Home Builders' Association of Central Michigan, Board Member 2020-present
  • Clare County Fair, Board Member, 2011-present
  • Saginaw Country Club, Membership Committee Member, 2013-2018
  • Saginaw Zoo, Board Member, 2009-2014
  • United Way of Clare County, Fund Allocation Advisor, 2009-2012



  • Howard Delivery Service, Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Co.: The U.S. Supreme Court Resolves the Split Among Circuits Regarding Whether Workers' Compensation Premiums May Be Eligible for Priority Treatment in Bankruptcy Proceedings (13 Conn Ins LJ 427), Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, 2007
  • Trusts used for Tax Reduction, Trusts 101, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Estate Planning for the Disabled, Trusts 101, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Probate Property vs. Non-Probate Assets, The Probate Process, National Business Institute, 2018
  • Handling Claims Against the Estate, The Probate Process, National Business Institute, 2018

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