Kirsten E. Johanson


Office: 515-242-2473

Fax: 515-323-8573



My primary practice is representing individuals and families in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business succession. In this role, I assist my clients in necessary planning as they walk through various stages of life. I take every client relationship as an opportunity to provide peace of mind and clarity as to legal concepts which may feel foreign and overwhelming. Choosing an attorney and building a relationship with that attorney can be difficult and time consuming but I think you will get to know and respect me as a trusted partner in addition to being your legal adviser.

My Approach

I assist all clients with the development of individualized estate plans to facilitate effective wealth transfer and tax planning objectives. My interest and passion in these areas of the law stem from my personal experiences growing up in a multi-generational farming family where estate planning and business succession topics were discussed over the dinner table. As I work with you, my top priority is making these concepts accessible and engaging to you and your family so you walk away with certainty that you received the best legal advice and an outcome tailored to your unique situation.

More About Me

Prior to joining BrownWinick, I practiced at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett in St. Cloud and Minneapolis, Minnesota exclusively as part of the Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning practice group. I was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 2016 and the Iowa bar in 2017. I am currently a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, and Minnesota State Bar Association.

In 2016, I received my J.D. from the University of Minnesota where I served as the Executive Editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. In 2013, I graduated from Iowa State University, summa cum laude, with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Agricultural Business with a third major in Economics.

My Specialties

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
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Mary Frein (515-248-6629); Kelley Vierling (515-558-8870)


Iowa State University

B.S., summa cum laude, 2013 Business Management, Agricultural Business and Economics


University of Minnesota Law School

J.D., 2016


Iowa, 2017; Minnesota, 2016

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Des Moines Estate Planners