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John H. Burson

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Kim Tippin

John H. Burson is certified as an Accredited Estate Planner and a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  His principal areas of practice are estate planning, corporate and taxation law.

John has extensive experience in representing closely-held family businesses with respect to sophisticated business tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, benefit planning, trust and estate planning and charitable gift planning.  He serves on the board of directors of numerous family businesses and serves as counsel to private family foundations.  He has substantial experience in representing clients before the appellate division of the IRS, and with respect to corporate taxation, estate taxation and valuation issues, before The Tax Court of the United States, the Sixth Circuit of Appeals, the United States Court of Claims and the State of Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.

John has lectured nationally on estate planning to estate planning councils and national business organizations and writes articles for national trusts and estates publications.  He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.


  • Best Lawyers in America, 1993 - 2019
  • Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2004 - 2012
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Taxation Committee
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs Foundation, Chairman
  • International des Rosisseurs Foundation, Conseil Magistral
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Estate Planning Councils, past President
  • Toledo Estate Planning Council, past President
  • Toledo Bar Association Taxation Committee, past Chairman
  • University of Findlay, Trustee Emeritus
  • United States Naval Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corp., Retired Captain

Alternate biographies




  • LL.M., Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 1973
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1968
  • B.A., Williams College, 1965

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1968