Law Offices of John E. McCullough PLC - estate planning

John E. McCullough

John E. McCullough

Washington, District of Columbia

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
  • 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

Law Offices of John E. McCullough
1413 K Street NW, Fifteenth Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Meeting Locations
King Street Station: 1800 Diagonal Road ,Suite 600, Alexandria, VA
Tysons Corner: 8200 Greensboro Drive, Suite 900, McLean, Virginia 22102
Reston Town Center: 1818 Library Street, Suite 500 Reston, Virginia 20190
Rosslyn: 1001 19th Street, North, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22209
One Bethesda Center: 4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814
Chevy Chase: 5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Phone: 202-265-8777
Fax: 202-265-1900
Map and Directions

Based in Washington, D.C., the attorney at the Law Offices of John E. McCullough serves clients throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, including the Virginia counties of Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudon County; the Maryland counties of Montgomery County and Prince Georges County; the Virginia cities of Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Great Falls, Falls Church, Reston, Springfield, Herndon, Leesburg, Oakton and Manassas; and the Maryland cities of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Fort Washington, Bowie and Upper Marlboro.