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I enjoy horse racing and have even participated in a horse race.
Michael Johnson
Partner, CFP®, CPWA®


As the leader of the firm’s Chicago wealth management practice, I specialize in personal, holistic, and comprehensive wealth management. Serving as the unbiased personal CFO for many high-net-worth individuals and families, I strive for an independent, objective approach that optimizes the growth of a client’s balance sheet on an after-income tax and after-estate tax basis — while maintaining proper cash flow. 

My wealth management and tax experience give me a unique skill set to help enhance the personal financial situation for all my clients. I also have years of experience with private placement real estate investments.

In the more than 27 years I’ve been with Plante Moran, I’ve built many relationships by operating on a “we care” philosophy. There’s a reason I have a reputation among my colleagues for always doing right by those individuals and families who partner with me.

I’m a Certified Financial Planner™ and an Investments & Wealth Institute™ (formerly IMCA)-licensed CPWA®. I received my B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University. Outside of work, my hobbies include golf and coaching sports.

CPWA® is a registered certification mark of the Investments & Wealth Institute®. For more information about the Institute and the CPWA certification, please visit investmentsandwealth.org.