Jeffrey M. Johnstone

Jeffrey M. Johnstone

Of Counsel

(585) 899-1440


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Practice Areas
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Business Law
  • Wills and Trusts
Practice Locations
  • Rochester, NY

Jeffrey M. Johnstone, Of Counsel in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Rochester office, where his practice is concentrated in estate planning, trusts, estate administration, corporations and business, not-for-profit entities, and federal and New York tax.

He is admitted to practice in New York and Florida, in addition to the U.S. Court for the Western District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Tax Court.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey, Jeffrey was an equity Partner with Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch, LLP.

Upon graduating from law school, Jeffrey became associated with the Rochester, New York, firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now the national law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP), where he received a solid grounding in commercial litigation, real estate, administrative law, labor law and tax law. He founded Jeffrey M. Johnstone, P.C. in 1981, concentrating in business law, tax law and estate planning. He remained in solo and small firm practice until joining Harris, Chesworth & O’Brien, the predecessor of Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch, LLP, in 1994.

Jeffrey is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, where he has served as head of the Tax Section, and in which he is a member of the Trusts and Estates, Business Law and Tax Law sections. He also is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association.

Throughout his career, Jeffrey has been actively involved in community affairs, including the Board of Trustees of the Ontario County Museum and Historical Society, the Finger Lakes Museum, the Planning Board of the Town of Brighton, the Lewis Street Center, the Feadan Or Pipe Band, and The Cupola Restoration Project of Penn Yan, Inc.

Jeffrey has been AV rated, the highest possible peer rating, from Martindale Hubbell, for many years.

Jeffrey graduated from Colgate University, cum laude, with High Honors in his major, in 1967. While at Colgate he was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

While attending graduate school, Jeffrey joined the U.S. Navy and graduated from the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was commissioned an Ensign and served on active duty with the Naval Security Group as a Russian interpreter, reaching the rank of Lieutenant (O-3). While serving in the Navy, Jeffrey received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Georgetown University. After the Navy, he entered Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review, and from which he graduated in 1974.

Articles and Publications

  • Member, Board of Editors, Vol. 59, Cornell Law Review

Court & Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • JD: Cornell Law School
  • MA: Georgetown University
  • BA: Colgate University, cum laude


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