Lesley Johnson CPA*, CIRA

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Lesley J. Johnson is a Partner at KapilaMukamal. She joined the firm in 1997 after seventeen years practicing tax with international and large regional accounting firms.

Professional Experience

Ms. Johnson concentrates on bankruptcy and insolvency taxation. She has provided tax services to debtors, creditors, Receivers, Bankruptcy Trustees and Liquidating Trustees. Her experience includes analyzing sophisticated and complex tax issues relating to mortgage-backed securities ventures, real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICS), liquidating trusts, corporate reorganization, and tax restructuring. She has provided litigation support services to law firms for projects involving utilization of net operating losses, preservation of tax attributes, business and tax consolidations tax analysis of embezzlement and “Ponzi” frauds and reconstructing decedents’ Estate assets. Ms. Johnson has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and State taxing authorities and negotiated federal and state tax claims on behalf of Trustees and Receivers.

Ms. Johnson’s tax and investigative engagements encompass real estate development, financial institutions, retail, wholesale, medical practices, broker-dealers, investment firms, estates and trusts.

Ms. Johnson has testified as an expert and participated in mediations regarding net operating losses and multiple pass-through real estate investments; S-corporation accounting and tax losses and other tax issues.




Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting, Barry University

Professional Qualifications


Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – State of Florida

Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA)





American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)

American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA)


Panels and Presentations


AIRA Bankruptcy Taxation Conference – Panel Discussion “Dealing with IRS on Compliance and Other Issues”

AIRA Bankruptcy Taxation Conference – Panel Discussion “Taxation – Liquidating Trusts

Civic and Cultural Activities (Past and Present)


Unitarian Universalist Society,  Committee Member

Women in Business, Miami Chapter, Member of the Board

Active volunteer for local animal rescue organizations