Caitlin Haney Johnston


Caitlin assists clients in estate planning, probate administration, and many types of fiduciary litigation, including litigation involving executors and trustees. Caitlin’s litigation experience extends into business litigation in both state and federal court. She is licensed to practice in the State of Texas and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Every year since 2020 Austin Monthly Magazine has named Caitlin as a top attorney in Austin for wills and estate planning.  In 2024, Caitlin was awarded the Pathfinder Award from the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association and named a Texas SuperLawyers Rising Star. In 2019, 2020, and 2021 she was named an Austin Under 40 Finalist in the Legal Category by the Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League and won the category in 2021. She was also the winner of the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association Pro Bono Award in 2020. In 2018, Caitlin was awarded the David H. Walter Community Excellence Award by the Austin Bar Association and was named a Changemaker Finalist by the Austin Young Chamber that same year. Caitlin is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Pro Bono College of Texas.

In addition to her work at The Haney Law Firm, Caitlin is extremely dedicated to her community. In June 2016, Caitlin co-founded the Cancer Law Clinic (CANLAW), which provides comprehensive pro bono estate planning services to cancer patients and their caretakers. She also serves on the board of directors for the Central Texas Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and formerly served on the Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board at the Livestrong Cancer Institute at Dell Medical School. In 2019 she was named an Access to Justice Champion by the State Bar of Texas.

Caitlin graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University School of Law. She served as a Managing Editor of the Indiana Law Journal and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy with Departmental and General Honors, summa cum laude. At St. Andrew’s, she was selected by her peers as their graduation speaker and was awarded the Fouke Award for Excellence in Politics.

  • Cancer Law Clinic, Cofounder
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation – Central Texas Board of Directors
  • Former member of the Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board at Livestrong Cancer Institute
  • Austin Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Austin Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee – Former Committee Chair
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Pro Bono College of Texas
  • Order of the Coif
  • Austin Young Chamber, Board of Directors (2017-2018)
  • Horselink, Board of Directors (2017-2019)
  • Greater Mt. Zion, Thy Wills Be Done, “Estate Planning Basics” (February 24, 2024)
  • State of Texas Facilities Commission, Texas Legal Seminar “Estate Planning Basics” (February 8, 2024)
  • Capital Area Paralegals Association, Monthly CLE “Is it a Will” (January 31, 2024)
  • State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division, Advanced Paralegal Seminar, “Texas Two-Step: Selling Real Property in Dependent Administrations” (September 18, 2019)
  • State Bar of Texas, Poverty Law Conference, “Paralegals: Your Partners in Pro Bono” (August 27, 2019)
  • “Legal Document Basics,” Livestrong Cancer Institute at Dell Medical School,  May 15, 2019
  • CANLAW Volunteer Training, Austin Bar Association, March 2017, September 2017, March 2018, June 2018, September 2018, and February 2019
  • “Pro Bono Projects: Celebrating Successes and Overcoming Obstacles,” State Bar of    Texas Bar Leaders Conference, July 21, 2018
  • “Estate Planning Considerations,” Austin Myeloma Support Group, May 8, 2018
  • “Legal Planning: Common Misconceptions and Tough Conversations,” CancerCon, Denver Colorado, April 22, 2018
  • “Estate Planning Basics: A Presentation for Social Workers,” Hospice Austin, July 14, 2017
  • “Getting Your Ducks in a Row”, Breast Cancer Resource Center, Austin, Texas, July 19, 2016
  • “Controlling What Happens: Legal Documents and Your Health,” CancerCon, Denver, Colorado, May 29, 2016
  • “Estate Planning and Cancer,” Austin Bar Association, Austin, Texas, April 2016

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