John leads the firm's Trusts and Estates practice. His practice experience encompasses estate planning, estate administration, estate and gift tax planning, and related services primarily, though not exclusively, to high net worth individuals and families. His practice also involves business succession planning for closely-held business owners, asset protection, and estate planning with IRAs and retirement accounts. John frequently lectures to civic and community groups and at continuing legal education seminars on various topics relating to estate planning and estate administration.
John is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law
- J.D., with honors, The University of North Carolina School of Law, 1990. National Moot Court Team, Holderness Moot Court Bench.
- A.B., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987
Honors and Distinctions*
- "The Best Lawyers in America," Best Lawyers®, 2018 - 2022
- "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Tax/Estate Planning, 2013, 2015, 2018-2019, 2022
- "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2007
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center (Board of Trustees, former member)
- New Hanover Estate Planning Council
- New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation (Professional Advisory Council, former member)
- North Carolina Bar Association — Section: Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law
- Virginia Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
- North Carolina, 1994
- Virginia, 1990
- All state courts in North Carolina
- All state courts in Virginia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.
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