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Caroline Ortego


Caroline Ortego | Johnsen Law | Kingwood, TX

Ever since her days as a broker and project manager in the oil and gas industry on several major due diligence projects, Caroline has been all business—business acquisition, that is. She’s worked with in-house land teams to integrate newly acquired assets on complex, multi-faceted projects spanning the Texas and Oklahoma markets. Today, she puts that experience to good use at Johnsen Law, where she provides services in the realms of business succession, estate planning, probate, and elder law. She also focuses on the preservation of generational wealth, ensuring that families are protected through thoughtful preparation.

Known throughout the Greater Houston Area and beyond for her expertise, including real estate deals with owners of equity, Caroline has built a formidable presence. Just take a look at her numerous presentations as proof: from speaking about COVID-19 stress to tax foreclosure auctions and everything in between, countless professionals look to her for advice that aligns with current, ongoing issues.

That said, Caroline’s service doesn’t stop with business. She’s an active member of the community—in fact, prior to her career in law, she was a program organizer and director in the nonprofit sector. She taps into her operational experience with nonprofits to help causes spanning religion, education, and more. Through her service, be it with community organizations or business law, Caroline pursues her passion of performing impactful work that will benefit generations to come.

Career History



JD, BCL Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
BA, English Literature



Louisiana Bar Foundation Law Student Pro Bono Award 2008
Chancellor’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 2008
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Public Interest Law Society, Pro Bono Chair, 2007-2008



State Bar of Texas: Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law
Fort Bend County Bar Association
St. Francis Episcopal Church
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, Development Committee 2020-present
Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow, 2008-2009
AmeriCorps, 2002-2003



Estate Planning Updates: The SECURE Act, Online presentation, August 2020
COVID STRESS: How to Recognize It and Work Through It, Co-Presenter, Traffic Lawyers of Texas Summer Ethics Course, August 2020
Pitfalls of Buying at the Tax Foreclosure Auction, Lunch and Learn hosted by Equity Houston, March 2019
Death In Real Estate, StepStone Realty Conference, May 2019
No Will, No Problem: Who Inherits under Texas Law When There is No Will, StepStone Realty Mastermind Lunch and Learn, September 2018
Legislative Changes Affecting the Bail Bond Industry: The Elephant in the Room, Co-Presenter, Professional Bondsmen of Texas, Annual Conference, October 2017




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