Henry R. Johnston III

Of Counsel
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., cum laude, Economics, Boston University, 1976

Henry is experienced in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, estate and gift taxation, personal and fiduciary income taxation, wealth preservation, retirement planning, and tax-exempt entity issues. He serves in an Of Counsel capacity at Cohen & Grigsby, and is a member of the Estates & Trusts and Tax Groups.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby as an Associate in 1999, Henry was a Partner in the Wealth Preservation Group at Titus & McConomy. He was responsible for complex estate planning and administration of estate/gift and income taxation.

He was an Associate and eventually a Shareholder at Springer, Bush & Perry, where he worked from 1984-1997. He also served as assistant vice president of the Personal Services Group, and was responsible for serving a client base of approximately 150 individuals.

Henry was a senior law clerk from 1981-1984 for Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Justin Johnson. He was responsible for researching and drafting proposed appellate opinions involving civil, family and criminal law.

After receiving his law degree, he worked as an Associate at Costello & O’Toole in North Versailles, Pennsylvania from 1980-1981.

Devoting time to professional and community activities is important to Henry. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and has served as a member of the Probate & Trust Law Section Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

During the past decade, his involvement in professional organizations has included serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh and a member of the Allegheny Tax Society. His community activities have included serving as chair and member of the Codes Review Board for the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon, secretary and treasurer of the Board of Managers for the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America and as Board of Directors Chair for Mainstay Life Services.

  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans and Two Thousand Notable American Men
  • “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Peer Review Rating for ethical standards and legal ability

He often presents lectures for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has been a presenter on numerous topics including:

  • “Use of Trusts in Estate Planning”
  • “How to Prepare Fiduciary Accounts & Avoid Common Traps”
  • “Looking Under the Hood: Drafting Better Trusts to Accomplish Your Clients’ Estate Planning Goals”
  • “How to Prepare Fiduciary Income and Decedents’ Final Lifetime Income Tax Returns”
  • “General Practitioners Update – Estate Law”