John F. Callan

Retired Partner


John F. Callan is a partner and estates and trusts lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where his practice encompasses tax and estate planning; planning for retirement distributions; saving for college; charitable planning; estate, gift and generation-skipping taxes; fiduciary and personal income taxes; marital property law; probate; and trust administration. He is a member of the Estates & Trusts Practice.


John was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his work in private wealth law (2020). John has been Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system and was selected as the "Milwaukee Best Lawyers® Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 and 2017. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Trusts and Estates (2003-2022) and was selected for inclusion in the 2005 – 2019 lists of Wisconsin Super Lawyers®. Additionally, John received the Elijah Watt Sells award for performance with high distinction on the CPA exam.

Professional Memberships and Admissions

John is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He also is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association, and the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.


John is a graduate of Marquette University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in 1980 and his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, in 1984.