John C. Newman - Facey Goss & McPhee, P.C.

John C. Newman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 802-665-2740

  • Estate Planning
  • Domestic & International Taxation
  • International Law
  • Probate Administration
  • Immigration
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    Born Dayton, Ohio, May 31, 1950;

    Admitted to Bar, 1976, District of Columbia;

    1982, Admitted to Practice in France (as Conseil Juridique et Fiscal); 1995, Vermont.;

    Author: “French Tax and Business Law Guide,” CCH Editions Francis Lefebvre, loose leaf service updated monthly, 1984-present;

    “Etats-Unis,” Editions Francis Lefebvre, 6th and previous editions, January 1998 “International Series Francis Lefebvre, France,” 2nd and previous editions, March, 1995;

    Member, Vermont Bar Association Since 1995; American Immigration Lawyers Association Since 2004; Selected by Peers for Inclusion in the 2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America;

    Languages: French and Spanish;

    Education: Ohio University (B.A. with honors, 1971); Georgetown University Law Center (J.S., 1975; LL.M., Taxation, 1987).


    John C. Newman was born on May 31, 1950, into a US Air Force family, which explains his nomadic, international background. During his undergraduate law studies at Georgetown University, he worked in the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on US vs. IBM. Also while at Georgetown, he spent 12 months in Latin America learning Spanish. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1976. After practicing in the criminal courts of the District of Columbia for three years to gain some trial experience, in 1979 he moved to Paris where he wrote a book on French business law, published as the French Tax and Business Law Guide, a loose leaf service published by Editions Francis Lefebvre, Paris, and Sweet & Maxwell, London. After six years of practicing tax law in France, he moved to Virginia, received his LLM in Taxation from Georgetown in 1986, and became a member of the Virginia Bar. John carried some of his client base from France, and he operated his own “boutique law practice” as an attorney in different law firms in Washington, D.C., from 1985 to 1995. During that time, he published two 500-page law manuals, one in French on U.S. tax and business law, and one in English on French tax and business law, which he continues to revise for Editions Francis Lefebvre. In March 1995 he followed his family to Vermont where he broadened his international estate planning practice into a general tax and estate practice for larger net-worth individuals and continued his inbound investor immigration work. John is fluent in French and Spanish. He regularly works with matters in Bermuda, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.

    Probate Administration:

    John is an active participant in modernizing Vermont’s probate administration rules.  He is on the Probate Rules Committee, the E-Filing Committee for the Vermont courts, and serves on the ad hoc Probate Reform Committee examining all of Vermont’s probate laws.  He actively participated in adopting the Uniform Probate Code in Vermont, recommending the drafting changes to 14A VSA Chapter 8, “Duties and Powers of Trustees.”  He has written extensively on probate issues for the Vermont Bar Journal:  “Top Pitfalls in Preparing Lady Bird Johnson Deeds” and “Tax and Medicaid Planning Aspects of the Standard Vermont Estate Plan.”  John is preparing an article on the Alden decision, the first case decided under the Vermont Trust Code, a decision copied on the Resources page.

    International Taxation and Estate Planning:

    John has been handling the practical aspects of international tax compliance since 1979 when he practiced tax law in Paris as a Conseil juridique et fiscal.  He increased his technical competence while studying for his Masters in Taxation at Georgetown.  In operating his boutique international law practice, John discovered that international clients do not have to hire the world’s largest law firms to find competent representation in the complex area of U.S. international taxation.  Most international tax issues can be resolved by a single individual with years of experience in finding practical solutions to elaborate systems of taxation.  In addition to his U.S. tax background, John has considerable expereince working with the tax systems of the major European countries, where he maintains his own informal network of advisors with whom he engages in multi-country tax and estate planning. 

    John C. Newman, Esq. - Lawyer of the Year 2014 - Trust and Estate Law

    Immigration Law:

    John has practiced immigration law since his employment in a Parisian law firm in the early 1980s.  He continued this work (concentrating in inbound investor visas) when operating his boutique law practice in Washington, D.C.  Currently, John handles complex matters such as E-Visa investors, TNs, and EB-5s, in addition to family immigration matters (fiance and marriage-based cases).  One of John’s most recent articles is for an AILA  publication going global: Trends in Outbound Immigration, “U.S. Imposes Mark-to-Market Exit Tax.”

    Public Speaking and CLEs:

    John’s most recent CLE seminar was at the Vermont Bar Association’s 2010 meeting, “Estate Planning for Out-of-State Owners of Vacation Homes.”  Earlier in September, he co-taught a one-hour CLE at the Rutland County Courthouse on new E-filing rules.  In June, 2010, John was again a co-director of  the 3rd annual VBA day-long CLE on “Applying Mindfulness Meditation in Law Practice,” as he was at two previous meetings.  John presented ”The Pitfalls of the Standard Vermont Estate Plan” at the 2008 mid-year VBA meeting and ”Estate Planning–An Overview” at the January, 2006, VBA meeting in Montreal.

    Office Location

    71 Allen Street, Suite 401
    P.O. Box 578
    Rutland, VT 05701
    United States

    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2017 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Montpelier Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Montpelier Metro Area
    John C. Newman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!John C. Newman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

    Practice Areas

    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Tax Law (Trusts and Estates)
    Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning)