John M. Lynham Jr

Of Counsel


John Lynham is of counsel and a business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. John is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office where he is a member of the firm’s Estate Planning Practice. He helps families and businesses with estate planning and administrations, tax savings, asset protection, business succession and philanthropy strategies.

John concentrates his practice on the areas of estate and trust planning and administration; estate, generation-skipping, gift, and income taxation; real estate sales, leasing and settlements; tax-exempt organizations, including the formation and operation of foundations; and litigation. He has had significant involvement with the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, and estate, gift and income tax returns; as well as the administration of probate and trust estates.

John represents clients before local courts with regard to will and trust defense, and estate and trust administrations; and the IRS, District of Columbia and states with regard to audit and compliance issues.


John frequently lectures to both lawyer and nonlawyer groups on estate, trust, tax and asset protection matters.


A graduate of George Washington University (J.D., 1983), John received his Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University in 1990. He is also a graduate of the University of Maryland (M.B.A, 1979) and Trinity College (CT) (B.S. 1975).

Professional Memberships and Admissions

John is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He currently serves on the D.C. Superior Court Advisory Committee on Probate and Fiduciary Rules. In the past, he has been a member of the D.C. Bar’s Estates, Trusts and Probate Steering Committee, and task forces on the Uniform Trust Act and the Omnibus Trusts and Estates Amendment Act.


John has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system.

John has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Litigation – Trusts and Estates (2011-2023) and Trusts and Estates Law (2006-2023).

John was designated a 2012 Five Star Wealth Manager for the Washington, D.C. area, in the estate planning field, selected as one of the top four Washington trusts and estates attorneys by the Washington Business Journal, and has been named as one of the best estate planners in the Washington metropolitan area by the Washingtonian. In addition, he was selected for inclusion in the 2013 to 2021 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers® for his work in estate planning and probate, estate and trust litigation, and real estate.