John B. O'Grady Partner

John's practice concentrates on estate and gift taxation, generation-skipping transfer taxes, estate planning, estate administration, and fiduciary litigation. He is a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and past chair of the Virginia State Bar Trusts and Estates Section.

He has served as an adjunct professor at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary where he taught estate planning and wealth transfers. He has also taught estate planning, and estate and gift taxation at Virginia Commonwealth University.

"While taxes are certainly an important issue, knowing that your family and business affairs are in order takes primary importance."


Advising family businesses on succession planning.

Preparation of estate planning documents.

Preparation of estate, gift and generation-skipping tax returns.

Advising corporate executors and trustees.

Settling fiduciary disputes.

Handling audits of estates, gift and generation-skipping tax returns.

  • Virginia

Named to “Virginia Super Lawyers,” Estate Planning and Probate, Tax, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2020

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Tax Law, Trust and Estates, Woodward and White, 2003-2012, 2014-2021

Named a "Notable Practitioner," Private Wealth Law, Band 1, Nationwide, 2016, 2017; Band 2, Virginia 2018, 2019, 2020; Band 4, Eastern U.S., 2018, 2019, 2020; Chambers HNW Guide

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Wealth Management: Eastern Region, Nationwide, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2012-2016

Named to "Legal Elite,” Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2015

  • William & Mary Law School, JD, Order of the Coif, 1985
  • University of Michigan, BA, magna cum laude, 1981

Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Past Chair; Board of Governors, Trusts & Estates Section, Virginia State Bar

Member, Legislative Committee, Trust and Estates Section, Virginia Bar Association

President, The Anne Carter & Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation

Vice President, The Windsor Foundation

Advisory Board, VCU Massey Cancer Center

Member, The Cecil and Edna Hopkins Foundation

Member, The Gertrude M. Conduff Foundation

President, Maymont Foundation, 2001-2002

Member, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, American Bar Association

Member, Estate Planning Council of Richmond, Virginia

Member, Trust Administrators Council

Member, United States Law Firm Group, Inc.

Board of Trustees, Commonwealth Catholic Charities/Commonwealth Human Services Foundation

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