John was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California Berkeley in 1974 and Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law in 1980. John worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 36 years, handling general income tax cases in the Los Angeles District Counsel’s Office, then 30 years as an IRS Estate Tax Attorney and Appeals Officer in Los Angeles. Thereafter, John was promoted to IRS Appeals Team Manager, supervising a nationwide team of attorneys responsible for tax controversy matters in connection with estates, gifts, and generation-skipping transfers. He has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution and was lead facilitator for IRS mediation training classes conducted nationwide. After John retired from the IRS, he has practiced law in California, specializing in probate, tax controversy, and estate planning. John also taught at UCLA Extension for over 25 years and adjunct professor at the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.
John lives in Rancho Mirage with his husband Tom and their two awesome dogs: Kobe, a 17-year old Shiba Inu they rescued 15 years ago and Barney, a 5-year old gray Standard Poodle they are fostering through Guide Dogs of the Desert. Their late “tuxedo” cat, Figaro lived to be 24 and Kobe’s grandmother, Starr, also lived to be 17. It’s either good luck, good genes, or they are doing something right!