John P. Dedon

Phone: (703) 218-2131
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: Dedon on Estate Planning
Practice Areas

John P. Dedon

Phone: (703) 218-2131
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: Dedon on Estate Planning
Practice Areas

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.

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  • 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


  • Cautionary Guidance for Operating a Private Foundation, Estate Planning magazine
  • Integrating Income Taxes in Modern Estate Planning Decisions—A Case Study, Tax Management Estate, Gifts and Trusts Journal
  • Attorney Advises Medical Professionals on Estate Planning


  • Obamacare and Business
  • Congress Provides Business Owners a Grappling Hook


  • Dexter Dealer and His Wife Wilma Can Have Their Estate Planning Cake and Eat it, Too
  • Traps and Concerns in Using Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts by John Dedon and Daniel Ingersoll
  • New Law Makes It Easier for Businesses to Raise Cash
  • Henry and Wilma Can Have Their Estate Planning Cake and Eat It, Too
  • A Business Owner’s Resolution Worth Keeping – 401(k) Compliance


  • Wealth Transfer Opportunities Only Get Better
  • What Business Owners Can Learn From the E Street Band
  • Tax Cut Extension Provides Unique Gifting Opportunity For Wealthy Business Owners


  • Ho Ho Ho – Congress Delivers an Estate-Planning Present to Business Owners
  • Buy-Sell Arrangements and Irrevocable Insurance Trusts
  • The Wizard of Westwood: Lessons for Business Owners
  • Congressional Inaction on the Estate Tax Creates ‘March Sadness’
  • Protecting Business Owners From Liabilities
  • Does Christmas Continue for Business Owners?
Speaking Engagements
  • Essentials of Estate Planning: Is There a Paradigm Shift, Loudoun County Bar, Oct. 2017
  • Which Dragon Do We Slay? The Interplay of Income Tax planning and Drafting Wills and Trusts, Virginia Bar Association, July 2017
  • Estate Planning Issues and Concerns, Fairfax County Bar, May 2017
  • Estate Planning Issues and Solutions, Cypress International, July 2016
  • Estate Planning, Banner Witcoff, Ltd., 2006
  • Tax Reform Act of 1986, Fairfax County Bar, 1987

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