Chandler 480.264.5106 | Tempe 480.491.3216

Bernard J. Johnsen

Founder and Managing Attorney

Bernard J. Johnsen

Professional Background

Bernard J. Johnsen is the founder and managing attorney of Praesidium Law, PLLC.  An experienced probate and trust litigator and estate planner, Bernard is licensed to practice in Arizona and the United States District Court. He has appeared in nearly all of the Arizona Superior Courts and represents clients from all over the nation, as well as from overseas. Bernard also represents and advises other attorneys and mediators.

Bernard narrows his practice to probate litigation and estate planning, so he is not a “jack of all trades and master of none.” Experienced with the nuances of the probate rules and statutes, Bernard is also familiar with the Judges and Commissioners that oversee the probate court. He has a positive reputation among his colleagues.

Because Bernard litigates contested trusts and wills, he understands more than just the theory of estate planning. He has first-hand experience with what causes estate plans to fail and to be challenged in court. He incorporates this experience into his estate planning to avoid future problems for his clients.

Personal Background

Bernard originates from Northwest Indiana but has resided in Maricopa County for over twenty years. His father is a retired police officer/detective who is now a felony prosecutor in Indiana. His mother worked for the Kyrene School District for nearly 30 years. Bernard and his wife have two children that they dearly love.

While Bernard appreciates his Midwest values, he loves Arizona and considers it his home. He enjoys nothing more than spending time with his family. He takes pride in helping his kids with their schooling and sports. He and his family love to travel all over the state to see the different “seasons” Arizona has to offer. Bernard enjoys the outdoors and being physically active, so he can keep up with his kids! When he can, he golfs, bowls, and plays on a recreational softball team.

Bernard is also an active board member of the YMCA Chandler/ Gilbert Branch. The YMCA offers a safe, affordable, and positive place for children and teens to learn, develop their character and have fun in after-school programs.

Bernard understands the invaluable life skills that the YMCA provides to our children.  He helps by donating, soliciting donations, and volunteering his time.  If you would like to donate, please visit


Phone: 480.264.5106
Fax: 480.931.3535

1820 E. Ray Rd., Chandler, Arizona 85225

Bar Admissions


United States District Court


Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan

  • Juris Doctor
  • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Honors: Top 11% of His Class
  • Honors: 3.49 GPA
  • Law Review: Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Senior Associate Editor

Recipient of the Board of Directors Award for Outstanding Lawyering

Sixty Plus, Inc., Elder Law Clinic Intern

Arizona State University

  • W.P. Carey School of Business
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Major: Marketing
  • Certificate in International Business Studies
  • Honors: Cum Laude

Mesa Community College

  • Associate of Arts Degree

Professional Associations and Memberships

Probate and Trust Section Member, State Bar of Arizona

Real Property and Trust Section, American Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

2017 & 2018 Maricopa County StandDown Volunteer (free legal service for veterans)

2017 & 2018 Law Day Legal Aid Clinic Volunteer

2017 Wills For Heroes Volunteer

Professional Organizations

Committee Member of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley 2018 & 2019 Gala

Board Member of the Chandler International Film Festival 2019