In addition to his deep knowledge of state and federal tax law, clients rely on John’s savvy and experience with a broad range of general business issues, including transactional law, contract law, and real estate matters.


John assists clients with a wide range of estate planning matters, and guides closely-held companies through the business succession planning process. He has extensive experience with the formation of business entities, the sale and purchase of businesses, and structuring transactions to limit state and federal income taxes, estate and gift taxes, employment taxes and sales taxes.

Also licensed as a certified public accountant, John practiced for six years in the tax department of a national accounting firm before joining the firm. In addition to his estate planning and advisory work, John represents clients in tax controversy matters before administrative agencies, U.S. Tax Court and state courts. He is frequently asked to present to other professionals, including brokerage houses, business trade groups and associations, CPAs and other attorneys.

John also advises on and crafts estate plans that accomplish clients’ goals while minimizing tax consequences. He has extensive experience with charitable giving, estate and gift taxes, and creating legacy plans that maximize value. John’s broader business law background is highly valued when working with closely held companies on business succession planning. Clients benefit from his understanding of corporate law, transactional law, contract law, and real estate matters. He is able to structure business entities that are tailored to specific goals and needs.

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Speaking Engagements

John has been a frequent speaker at seminars and presentations for brokerage houses, business trade associations, CPAs, other attorneys and various other civic groups on estate and business succession planning and the tax ramifications related to various planning options. He also has been a participant from time-to-time on local radio and public television presentations on tax law.



John is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Trust and Estates 2013 - 2024

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Kansas Bar Association, former member of Real Estate, Probate and Trust Executive Committee

Wichita Bar Association

Financial Executives International

Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • Kansas, 1977
  • United States District Court of Kansas
  • United States Tax Court


University of Kansas, J.D., 1977

Kansas State University Business Administration, B.S., 1974

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