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John BristowJohn D. Bristow, Esquire

John graduated with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Law Review.  John also received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina. 

John works with high net-worth individuals and their families and business owners primarily in the areas of estate and trust administration, estate and gift tax planning, business succession planning and general tax planning. John also has experience in estate planning for U.S. resident aliens, in establishing offshore trusts and in administering international estates and trusts.

John was formerly with Troutman Sanders LLP as an attorney in the Trust & Estate Practice Group.  Prior to law school, John spent five years with Price Waterhouse LLP providing tax planning and compliance services primarily to closely held businesses and their owners. 

John was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel ("ACTEC") in 2017. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, the Estate Planning Council of Richmond, and the Trust Administrators Council of Richmond (President 2013-2014). John is Section Vice Chair for the Virginia Bar Association Wills, Trusts & Estates Section and a member of its Legislative Committee. John was recognized in the Virginia Super Lawyers list for years 2013-2019 and in The Best Lawyers in America in trusts and estate law for years 2009 - 2019.

John has spoken at continuing legal education seminars as well as to professional groups on various topics concerning tax planning and estate and trust planning and administration.

John is a certified public accountant and is admitted to practice law in Virginia.


image Maureen C. Ackerly
image Michael Armstrong
image John D. Bristow
image Charles T. Brooks
image Brandy J.F. Burnett
image Kari L. Dottellis
image Matthew M. Farley
image Hunter M. Glenn
image Victoria Hamrick
image J. Garrett Horsley
image Molly D. McEvoy
image Jane L. Schwarzschild
image Carol E. Taylor


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