Practice Areas

Civil Trial and Litigation Services

Fores Macko Johnston represents clients in a variety of civil disputes.  The firm conducts an early analysis of the facts and legal issues in each case to tailor an appropriate strategy.  The firm’s trial and litigation experience includes:

  • Business Litigation
  • Contract Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Agriculture Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Commercial, Corporate, and Business

Fores Macko Johnston has a long history of representing individuals and businesses.  This experience includes:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Entity Formation (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Limited Partnerships)
  • Buy/Sell or Shareholder Agreements
  • Dissolution
  • Employment
  • Transactions

Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate

The firm plans for the success and financial security of individual, family, and business clients.  Fores Macko Johnston has experience handling simple to complex estate planning matters, and provides following related services:

  • Preparation of Trusts, Wills, Advance Health Care Directives, and Powers of Attorney
  • Probate (Estate Administration)
  • Trust Administration
  • Representation of Professional Fiduciaries
  • Family Business Succession Planning
  • Preparation of Marital Agreements
  • Medicaid and Medi-Cal Eligibility Planning

Real Estate

Fores Macko Johnston provides a wide range of real estate services to investors, developers, real estate brokerage firms, property managers, and foreclosure companies.  This experience includes:

  • Finance and Secured Transactions
  • Sale and Purchase Transactions
  • Agricultural and Commercial Leases
  • Commercial and Residential Development
  • Construction
  • Easements
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Title Issues


Agriculture is an integral part of the culture and economy of the Central Valley and is a way of life that should be valued and protected.  Fores Macko Johnston has experience handling a variety of agricultural legal matters, including:

  • Agricultural Leases
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Easements
  • Representation before Government Agencies
  • Transactions

Bankruptcy (Creditors and Trustees)

Fores Macko Johnston has extensive experience representing creditors and trustees in bankruptcy cases.  The firm’s bankruptcy experience includes:

  • Sales Free and Clear of Liens
  • Turnover Motions
  • Asset Dispositions
  • Objections to Claim
  • Objections to Exemption
  • Preference Actions
  • Discharge Actions
  • Nondischargeability Actions
  • Creditor’s Claims

Personal Injury & Negligence

Whether a client has a claim arising from the wrongful conduct of others, or whether such claims are being made against the client, Fores Macko Johnston advises, protects, and litigates such claims on behalf of individuals, families, and businesses. The firm has experience in handling a broad range of negligence and tort claims such as:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Defamation
  • Business Interference Issues
  • Fraud