Managing Owner, AJ Legal Services LLC
Alexandra Johnson feels that DEI work is still just getting underway in her area of practice but she hopes her pro bono presentation “Breaking Down Systemic Inequities via Strategic Estate Planning” will help to advance the conversation.
It was recently accepted at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s conference and the native St. Louisan has given the presentation to more than a thousand members of the legal field and several community organizations.
“I can’t wait to continue sharing and growing these ideas!” she writes.
With a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of International Business to go with her law degree, Johnson’s educational background is as varied as her career experience. Speaking four languages, she’s researched cyberspace law in Germany, taught classes in French as an instructor at Harris-Stowe State College, been a business negotiations interpreter in St. Louis and studied banking practices in Mexico as a cultural consultant for a Missouri financial institution.
Johnson also spent several years as a state assistant public defender before originating and teaching a toddler program at Forest Park Montessori School. Since 2014, she’s been the solo practitioner behind her own general practice law office which has a focus on estate planning matters.
The SLU graduate also has an extensive resume of volunteer activities including as founding member and activity coordinator for Comunidad Latinx STL and her service as president of the Hispanic Bar Association.
What motivates you most in your work as an attorney and as an advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?
This is always a tough one to answer – different things come to mind when I’m asked. I was raised to see the world as it is and be aware of my privilege. My parents and their friends were not perfect, any more than anyone is, but they showed me how to do what I can with my privilege to have the most positive impact possible in the time that I have.
Who has most inspired you in your work for Diversity & Inclusion, and why?
My parents, certainly. Harvey Johnson and Teresa Herrera de Johnson. They lived to the best of their ability according to their principles and tried very, very hard to leave the world a better place than they found it.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you:
Our family turtle helps me meditate. It’s supposed to be my kids’ pet, but I love it just as much, not gonna lie.