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John Callahan Hale

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Attorney John Callahan Hale
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John Callahan Hale

Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Phone: 703-962-1164
Fax: 703-591-5082
E-mail: E-mail Me

Attorney John C. Hale, a principal of the firm, has been in practice since 1979. He has practiced exclusively in the Northern Virginia area, primarily in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, initially with a broad practice including general civil and criminal trial work, personal injury, business, estate planning, and real estate. Since the early 1980s, however, his practice has been focused in the areas of business formations and acquisitions, business related issues, and estates and trusts. John became a member of the firm in 1980, the year the firm was formed, and became managing partner in 1990. He left that position with the firm in 2005 in order to devote more time and attention to the practice of law.

Over the years, John's practice has been concentrated in the areas of estates and trust and general business. John possesses the knowledge and expertise to handle complex estate planning, including the preparation and implementation of sophisticated techniques and vehicles designed to reduce the burden of transfer taxes. With extensive experience in these areas of over 25 years, many of his clients consist of closely held businesses and individual families in the community, in addition to non-profit organizations. John is also able to advise a variety of business entities, from formation to merger and acquisition.

John is also active in his community, serving on the Advisory Board of Potomac Bank since its inception, and with the Rotary Club of Fairfax. He also serves with a number of charitable, religious and community service organizations. In the past he has served with the Fairfax Inter-service Club Council and the Fairfax Jaycees.

Year Joined Firm John Callahan Hale - Virginia's Best Lawyer

  • 1979

Areas of Practice

  • Estate and Trusts
  • Business Formation

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1979
  • George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Honors: With Honors
  • United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Washington D.C. Regional Advertising Association
  • American String Teachers of America
  • Metropolitan Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Jefferson Funeral Chapels, Inc.


  • First Virginia Community Bank
  • Sandy Spring Bank


  • Representing the Dying Client, VA CLE, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006 – 2011
  • Virginia Super Layer, 2008 – 2011
  • Virginia’s Best Lawyer – 2011
  • Washington DC’s Top Lawyers – 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rotary Club of Fairfax, 1989 - 2011
  • Fairfax Jaycees, 1979 - 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • 911 Representation
  • Rotary Club of Fairfax and Fairfax Rotary Foundation, Inc.




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