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John Frederick Sawyer

Estate planning Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
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John F. Sawyer represents businesses and individuals in federal court and in state courts throughout the Hampton Roads region.  He routinely handles guardianship and conservatorship cases as well as will and trust disputes and other fiduciary litigation.  He has twice appeared before the Virginia Supreme Court on will and estate cases.  He is also certified as a Guardian ad litem for incapacitated persons.  His cases have involved multi-million dollar loan workouts for financial institutions, significant estate litigation involving real property and forensic accounting issues, Clean Water Act regulatory compliance and litigation, injunction hearings, and contract disputes.  Mr. Sawyer also has an active creditors' rights practice where he assists clients in the collection of accounts receivable and delinquent debt obligations.  Mr. Sawyer was selected for inclusion in the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers listing.  He is President  of the Norfolk Collegiate Alumni Board, a past member of Session of Second Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, active on committees with local bar associations, and volunteers his time with the REACH program and as a youth coach for Norfolk United Soccer Club.

Location

Wolcott Rivers Gates
Convergence Center IV
Suite 500
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452

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Posted by Christian | January 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Intuitive
John was the single best decision we could have made for our parents. His knowledge and expertise eliminated or solved potential problems before they could arise, saving us lots of money and heartbreak. We are truly thankful for his direction.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Strong advocate for our cause, throrough knowledge of the law and prudent with decisions and recommendations
We hired Mr. Sawyer to assist with an estate gift that was left to our non-profit organization. Our organization is not located in Virginia so we had to seek counsel in another state. Mr. Sawyer was professional, courteous and prompt with replies and action. Most importantly, because we are a non-profit organization he was sensitive to cost vs. outcome. I would highly recommend Mr. Sawyer. We were very pleased with the outcome, the service and his scope of knowledge of the law.
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Posted by Elizabeth | August 6, 2016
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Guardian & Conservatorship
John Sawyer represented me in court to be a guardian and conservatorship of my parent. I meet with him in the Fall to get advice on the legal issues involved with caring for my parents and moving them from another state. Upon moving them, the situation turned into an emergency legal issue. Mr. Sawyer quickly took care of all the legal issues for me. I appreciated his wisdom and compassion through the process.
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Posted by Mark | December 5, 2014
Guardian & Conservatorship
My initiative to seek guardianship and conservatorship for the personal care of my wife of 46 years suffering from dementia was easily obtained through the court system by Mr. John F.Sawyer. His demeanor, guidance and direction gave me great solice for the action I knew had to be taken. Mr. Sawyer kept me informed during the process and important matters that I should be aware of after the request was granted. I highly recommend the services of Mr. Sawyer for his areas of expertise.
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Posted by Matt | December 4, 2014
Guardianship and Estate Matter
In handling a guardianship and estate matter for me recently, I found John Sawyer to be a thorough, knowledgeable, and diligent attorney. His clearly explained process and very specifically laid out my options about how to proceed. He was honest in setting expectations about outcome and provided me with potential options with if/then scenarios. I will continue to have John represent my interests with my ongoing estate and guardianship matters. I will continue to use John
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Posted by Valerie | April 21, 2014
Excellent counsel and guidance in guardianship & conservatorship proceedings
John Sawyer recently handled guardianship and conservatorship proceedings for me regarding a family member whose health had declined very rapidly. The situation was complicated by a non-family member who had control over the family member's funds, and who had contributed to an unsafe living environment. John took the time to see me in person the very same day I called, listened thoroughly to my situation, and then explained the process to me step-by-step. He was also sure to explain potential issues that might come up during the process. He quickly handled the details to file the petition, and had a court date scheduled within a month of our first meeting. He continually kept me apprised of the status of the case, sent me drafts of documents for review, and was quick to respond to any questions or concerns I had. I am very grateful and appreciative of his diligent work in handling the guardianship and conservatorship proceedings to ensure that my family member's finances and medical needs were protected.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wolcott Rivers Gates
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Henderson v. Ayres & Hartnett, P.C., 285 Va. ___ 120463, ___ S.E.2d ___ (2013)
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • Norfolk Collegiate School Alumni Board
  • President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Sertoma Club of Norfolk
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Committee Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Second Presbyterian Church
  • Session Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Richard Reeves Baxter Award for Excellence in Writing
  • Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Penn State International Law Review
  • "Shipbreaking and the North-South Debate: Economic Development or Environmental and Labor Catastrophe?", 20 Penn St. Intl. L. Rev. 535, 2002
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Landlord Tenant Law: Surviving in a Difficult Economy
  • 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Environmental Issues in the Foreclosure Process
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Judgment Enforcement: Post Judgment Collections
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
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Litigation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent attorney with litigation experience at all levels of Virginia courts."
Guardianship Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend John for Guardianship/Conservatorship matters. I had the pleasure of working with John for a number of years at Wolcott Rivers Gates where I saw first-hand his depth of knowledge, professionalism, and dedication to his clients. He remains my go-to person for these kinds of cases now that I have my own firm. I regularly refer my clients to him for assistance and they universally have been extremely happy with his work."
Guardianship Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"John Sawyer is a fantasic attorney and the person I trust with all of my cleints' guardianship and banking needs. He is committed to excellence in all aspects of work from the intial client meeting to representing their interests in court."