Attorney Profile


John E. McCullough

John E. McCullough, Esq. focuses his practice on trusts, estates, business planning, and the related areas of business succession (Exit) planning, asset protection planning, charitable planning and retirement planning. Mr. McCullough has taken a special interest in the legal issues involved in sophisticated estate and multigenerational wealth planning. He frequently teaches classes and conducts workshops about estate planning and related topics for clients, attorneys and other professionals. Mr. Mccullough is continuously educating himself and other professionals about cutting-edge planning techniques designed for incorporation into the customized plans he tailors for his clients.

Mr. McCullough is a contributing author to the book Generations and is a nationally known speaker on estate planning. He is also a member of the Virginia Bar Association; the Virginia Bar Association Wills, Trusts & Estates Section; the Maryland State Bar Association; the American Bar Association; the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; and has also been admitted to practice law in the State of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.


Mr. McCullough received his BA in Political Science in 1981 from George Washington University. He founded Retech, Inc., a medical device recycling firm in 1984 and later sold the company in 1989. Mr. McCullough later attended Howard University School of Law where he served as an editor of the Howard Law Journal and graduated first in his class of 1994, Magna Cum Laude. Following law school, Mr. McCullough opened his solo practice in Alexandria, Virginia which evolved into the present law firm. In January, 2004, the firm relocated to the District of Columbia where Mr. McCullough resides. Firm practice areas include trusts/estates, asset protection, corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and exit planning.

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning
Estate Administration / Probate
Exit Planning / Business Succession Planning
Asset Protection Planning
Business/Corporate Law

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, 1998
Maryland, 1996
Massachusetts, 1996
Virginia, 1995
U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1995


Howard University School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia

J.D. magna cum laude – 1994
Law Journal: Howard University Law Journal, 1992 – 1994
John E. McCullough | Law Offices of John E. McCullough | Washington, D.C.

George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA

B.A. – Political Science

Published Works

Generations: Planning Your Legacy, Quebecor, 1999


Estate Planning, Virginia Bar, 1995 – 2007
Exit Planning, Virginia Bar, 2005 – 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, 1995 – Present
District of Columbia Bar, Estate & Trust Section, 1996 – Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Estate & Trust Section, 1996 – Present
Virginia Bar Association, Estate & Trust Section, 1996 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

American Constitutional Society: Constitution in the Classroom; Moot Court Judge, 2009 – 2010
American Bar Association: National Moot Court Competition Judge, 2006 – 2010

Ancillary Businesses

Business and Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions