John P. Dedon, Shareholder

John Dedon is a tax lawyer with a talent for explaining the complexities of tax law in lay terms. Working in the estate planning, asset protection and business areas for almost 30 years, John helps clients preserve assets and plan for the future with traditional planning tools, including Trusts (dynasty trusts, intentionally defective trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts), LLC and partnership entities, and cutting edge concepts such as cryonic preservation trusts. John also works extensively in the charitable area, creating public and private charities, remainder and lead trusts, Supporting Organizations, and Churches.

John received an AV Rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for his legal ability and general ethical standards. John was also included among the Washington, D.C. area’s “Top Wealth Advisers” for the third consecutive time in the November 2016 issue of Washingtonian magazine. In November 2012, he was included among the Washington, D.C. area’s “Top Money Advisers” in Washingtonian magazine’s “Guide to Financial Planning.” John has been listed among Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” five times for Taxes, Estates, and Trusts. He also was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® listing for Trusts and Estates in 2017.

John has been quoted extensively in newspapers throughout the country, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune. He has written numerous articles for professional journals and publications on tax issues and speaks on tax matters and wealth preservation issues for health care providers, certified public accountants, lawyers, financial planners, and the public. He is also the author of the blog, Dedon on Estate Planning, a regularly updated discussion of estate planning topics affecting Virginia residents and U.S. citizens.

  • LL.M. Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 1984
  • J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., with Honors, The George Washington University, 1978
Admitted to Practice
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Areas of Concentration
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Planning and Controversy
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Asset Protection
  • Corporate and Business Planning
Professional Activities
  • Membership Organizations
    • Fairfax Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Virginia Automobile Dealers Association Education Foundation Advisory Board, Member
  • Professional Experience
    • Attorney-Advisor, Judge Randolph Caldwell, Jr., U.S. Tax Court, 1982-1984
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 and 2016 – Trusts and Estates
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 – Taxes, Estates, and Trusts
  • Included among the Washington, D.C. area’s “Top Wealth Advisers” by Washingtonian magazine, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Included among the Washington, D.C. area’s “Top Money Advisers” by Washingtonian magazine’s Guide to Financial Planning, 2012
Speaking Engagements

Estate Planning Issues and Solutions, Cypress International, July 2016