Charles M. Austinson

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Charlie is a business, tax, and estate planning attorney having joined Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC in October of 2019 after running his own business transactions and estate planning practice.  Charlie provides general corporate and tax counsel to businesses at every stage of their existence, from entity formation and day-to-day operations, to acquisitions and dissolutions.  Charlie’s clients engage in a variety of industries and include vehicle dealerships, restaurateurs, and property management companies.  Charlie also enjoys counseling individuals and families on their estate plans, ensuring that their legacies endure in a cost and tax efficient manner.

Charlie has been licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota since 2006.  After earning his law degree, cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, he practiced both transactional law and commercial litigation at various firms in the Minneapolis metropolitan area.  In 2014, to expand his practice base, Charlie returned to school to earn his LL.M. degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.  After graduating from Georgetown with distinction, Charlie worked as a tax consultant with a “Big Four” accounting firm’s international corporate tax group.  In 2017 he opened his own firm focusing on business transactions, tax, and estate planning.
Charlie earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and worked in local politics prior to attending law school.  He remains active in local politics, volunteers for his church, and enjoys playing guitar, and cheering on his beloved Golden Gophers.

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 2006
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. – 2015
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.S. – 2001
    • Major: Economics
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association