John C. Sawyer - Alston & Bird LLP

John C. Sawyer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 404-881-7886

Jack Sawyer practices in the areas of wealth planning, asset protection planning, fiduciary and tax litigation, conservation easements and exempt organizations. Jack received his B.B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Accounting and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. Following law school, Jack served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He authored the book, IRA Benefits Trusts Line By Line: A Detailed Look at IRA Benefits Trusts and How to Craft Them to Meet Your Needs, as well as articles for The Exempt Organization Tax Review, the Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations, and Estate Planning. Jack has been quoted in Forbes, Fortune, Georgia Trend, and Modern Healthcare, and has spoken at conferences from coast to coast. Jack is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Super Lawyers, and Worth magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys.

Jack has received extensive training in arbitration and mediation, and is listed as a Dispute Resolver by the AHLA. He has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the Georgia Land Trust, and he currently serves on the board of The Horizon Theatre.

University of GeorgiaBBA 1978University of Notre DameJ.D. 1981
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel American Health Lawyers Association Partnership for Philanthropic Planning Land Trust Alliance Georgia Planned Giving Council

Case History

  • Represents landowners and land trusts in planning and implementing bargain sales and conservation easements.
  • Regularly designs and implements a variety of sophisticated asset structures and wealth planning transactions that enable clients to transmit property at the least possible transfer tax cost.
  • Successfully defends wealth planning transactions before the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Advocates for clients involved in contentious estate or trust- related litigation.
  • Designs offshore structures in jurisdictions having strong asset protection legislation in place.
  • Structures cutting-edge joint ventures between for-profit entities and tax-exempt charitable organizations.
  • Has obtained favorable determination letters from the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of prospective tax-exempt organizations when other advisors had failed in the initial attempt.
  • Assists tax-exempt organizations in devising strategies to reduce their unrelated business taxable income and to avoid the excess business holdings rules.
  • Assists tax-exempt organizations in obtaining New Markets Tax Credit financing for expansion.

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving)