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John practices in the areas of business and tax law with an emphasis on corporate and business transactions, real estate, taxation and estate planning. He counsels businesses and their owners in a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, medical practice agreements, estate and business succession and general tax matters. In the tax area, John has focused on estate and gift tax, choice of business entity and charitable organizations.

Licensed to practice in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Admitted to practice before U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Georgia and South Carolina, Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals and all State Courts of Georgia.

Specialties: Tax Law, Business Transactions, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate Law


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
  2. Business: 25%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Tax: 20%
  5. Bankruptcy & Debt: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Timothy E. Moses

    I endorse this lawyer. John is my former partner, with whom I worked closely. He is extremely pleasant to deal with, but more importantly, does an excellent job even with the most complex tax matters. If you hire John, you will not be disappointed.


    Timothy Moses Business Attorney
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Contact info

Dunstan, Cleary & West, LLP

1223 George C. Wilson Drive
Augusta, GA, 30909


SCGood Standing200211/12/2015
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200111/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-HubbellMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDunstan, Cleary & West, LLP2010 - Present
PartnerHull Barrett, PC2000 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Augusta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of Georgia, Corporate Code Revision CommitteeMemberN/A
Young Lawyers of Augusta, Law Day CommitteeMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia Probate NotesConservation Easement Tax Benefits2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2004
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Georgia, AthensN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Society of CPA's - Augusta Chapter LuncheonChoice of Business Entity Decisions in Georgia2006