Karen Telschow Johnson

Karen Telschow Johnson

Principal and Attorney
Fort Worth, Texas

I am an attorney who has been practicing law for more than fifteen years. Following graduation from Texas A&M University, I went on to receive my J.D. in 1998 from Texas A&M University School of Law. From seeing clients to speaking to people and groups of all ages, I love educating people about advance care planning, probate and estate planning so that they can make informed decisions and stay in control of their lives.

Following graduation from Texas A&M University, I went on to receive my J.D. in 1998 from Texas A&M University School of Law and placed in national competitions in mediation.

I then moved from Texas, became a member of the State Bar of New York, and began working for the City of New York in family court and the administrative law division. Missing friends and family, I returned home to Fort Worth and entered private practice.

I focus on finances and asset protection, with an emphasis on Wills, Estate Planning, Probate, Advanced Care Planning matters (Living Wills) and Elder Law. It is vitally important that families are well-prepared for both the expected and unexpected events in their lives through the completion of basic documents with Powers of Attorneys and Guardianships to more extensive preparation through tax-planned Wills and Trusts.

If you do not have a plan created for your family, the State of Texas has one for you and the goals of the State may be different from your vision for your family. My goal is to help our clients plan for a successful tomorrow utilizing the assets and resources available to them today

Whether the need is for extensive estate planning, from planning for the needs of your children or elder care, I work with individuals and families to approach each decision made today with the goal of laying a firm foundation upon which they can build a strong future.

Areas of Practice

  • Finances
  • Asset Protection
  • Elder Law
  • Wills
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Advanced Care Planning matters (Living Wills)

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediation Certificate, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007
  • New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), Fort Worth, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 1998
  • Texas A & M University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • “The Time Is Now For The Five Wishes Document in Texas”, Texas Tech Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal, 2018


  • Estate Planning, Cowtown Executives Association, August 2017
  • Guardianship, TCU Retirees, Spring 2017
  • Wine, Women and Wills, 2015 - 2016
  • Advanced Care Planning, Fort Worth Rotary Meeting, September 2016
  • PCHETA and Advocacy, Association State of Texas Advocacy Day, June 2016
  • Elder Law, Tarrant County Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education, November 2015
  • Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and End of Life Decisions, Tarrant County Jewish Federation Advanced Care Planning Seminar, November 2015
  • Elder Law and Abuse, Tarrant County Bar Public Law School, April 2015
  • Estate Planning, Merrill Lynch presentation to Community Baptist Church, March 2015
  • Elder Law and Medical Powers of Attorney, Plaid for Women Television, February 2015
  • Elder Law, Plaid For Women Radio, 2015
  • Powers of Attorney, Plaid for Women Radio, 2015
  • Estate Planning (For Bruce Haber Wealth Management), Merrill Lynch, September 2013
  • Estate Planning (For Watts group), Merrill Lynch, 2014
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law, First Command, August 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Fort Worth Magazine Top Bankruptcy Attorney, 2010 - Present
  • Selected as one of 20 Bankruptcy Attorneys by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Texas, 2010 - Present
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2014 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Coalition for Quality End-of-Life Care , Board Member, 2018 - Present
  • Kids Who Care, Board of Directors, 2018 - Present
  • Board of Directors of the Parenting Center, President Emeritus, 2018 - Present
  • Public Policy Committee of the North Texas Alzheimer’s Association, Chair, 2016 - Present
  • Board of Directors for the North Texas Alzheimer’s Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Community Task Force on Elder Abuse, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, 2010 - Present
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, 2013 - Present
  • Tarrant County Elder Law Committee, 2015 - Present
  • Texas Bar College, 2013 - Present
  • Jewish Federation of Tarrant County, Partnership with the Western Galilee of Israel, Chair, 2015 - 2017
  • North Texas Specialty Physicians Foundation, Treasurer, 2015 - 2016
  • Brite Divinity, Board of Visitors, 2014 - 2016
  • Board of Directors of Beth-El Congregation, Second Vice President, 2013 - 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Silvas & Johnson Law PLLC, Partner and Attorney, 2008 - 2012
  • Bob Leonard Law Group, Attrorney, 2012 - 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America, Pack 350
  • The Parenting Center, President-Elect
  • Alzheimer's Association of North Texas, Board Member
  • North Texas Specialty Physicians Charitable Fund, Treasurer
  • Advanced Care Planning Committee