Denise joined Beaird Harris in 1995. She served as the team leader for Don Harris' practice group, specializing in individual, partnership, trust, estate, and shareholder taxation, until she entered law school in 2006. She continued to serve many of Don Harris' clients until graduating from law school in 2009. Denise currently provides tax assistance in these areas as well as legal expertise in the areas of tax law and wills and trust law.
Denise graduated with a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1996 and became a CPA in 1998. In 2009, she received a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. During law school, Denise served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce published by the SMU Law Review Association, performed a legal clerkship in International Tax with a Big 4 Accounting firm, and worked as a research assistant to SMU Professor Joshua C. Tate in the area of wills and trust law. Denise was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 2009 and is a member the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Dallas Bar Association.
Denise Johnston

CPA, Esq.


J.D., Southern Methodist University
B.B.A., Texas A&M
Certifications / Licenses 
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Dallas Bar Assocation
State Bar of Texas
American Institute of CPAs
Greyhounds Unlimited/GALT
Years at Beaird Harris
23 Years
Prior Experience 
Born & Raised 
Lufkin, TX
Bandera, TX
International Travel
Fun Fact 
I have been to over 500 feet below the ocean in a submarine.
Favorite Quote 

“Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal.” 
- Author Unknown