John D. Steffan, born in up-state New York, obtained his Master’s Degree and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Tennessee. There he was an associate editor of the Law Review and was awarded first place in the 1978 Advocate’s Prize Moot Court competition.
Mr. Steffan served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Samuel Lewis of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and thereafter for the Honorable Harry Phillips, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. At the close of his clerkships, Mr. Steffan and his family moved to Northern Virginia where he associated with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson.
Mr. Steffan was appointed Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, where he served over six years as the Justice Department’s primary tax litigation counsel in the federal district courts of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The United States Attorney General twice honored Mr. Steffan as “U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Outstanding Trial Attorney.”
In 1990, Mr. Steffan opened his private law practice of Steffan & Associates, P.C., which continues to practice exclusively in estate planning. The firm maintains offices in Northern Virginia.
Mr. Steffan is licensed to practice before the State and Federal courts in the District of Columbia, the State of Tennessee (inactive), and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the United States Tax Court. Mr. Steffan is an active member in good standing of the bars of all three jurisdictions.
Mr. Steffan is a Licensed Instructor for Continuing Education on topics of Insurance Laws & Regulations, Retirement & Savings Plans, and Financial & Estate Planning. Mr. Steffan conducts three to five public and private seminars each month on a variety of estate planning topics and is a co-author of “Total Wealth Management.
Mr. Steffan is an active member in good standing of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.