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"He is very strong technically and has a wonderful work ethic, which in this context is about being responsive to client needs and deadlines, and he's really smart." Chambers Referral Source

John is a partner in the firm's Estate Planning Department. He focuses his practice on estates, trusts, family business and disability planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. John also has an active health law practice focused on representing physicians in business and regulatory matters.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises
  • Member, ABA Estate & Gift Tax Committee, 1983-Present; Chairman, Valuation Subcommittee, 1986-1991; Chairman, Employee Benefits Subcommittee, 1984-1986; Chairman, Liquidity Subcommittee, 1983-1984
  • Editor-in-Chief, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC Law Letter, 1985-1998
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC Health Letter, 1990-1998
  • Leadership Louisville, 1989-1990


  • Named one of Louisville Business First's "20 People to Know in Law," 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 30 years in the fields of Health Care Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, and Trusts & Estates
  • Named as a “Top Ranked” Attorney by Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2017
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2011
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 10 Attorneys in Kentucky" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2008-2010
  • Selected for inclusion on the Kentucky Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2019
  • Listed as Estate Specialist in J.K. Lasser's New Rules for Estate and Tax Planning
  • Selected for the American Medical Association National Physician Advisory Network
  • Selected for the National Directory of Healthcare Consultants and Attorneys by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Included in 2004 SEAK, Inc. National Directory of Physicians' Counsel
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Included in the 2005 Legal Media Group Guide to the Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers


Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Sections of Taxation, Real Property, Probate and Trust)

Community Involvement

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Deferred Giving Committee, Home of the Innocents
  • Planned Giving Committee, Louisville Zoo
  • Planned Giving Committee, Jewish and St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation
  • Planned Giving Committee, Home of the Innocents
  • Past Director, Louisville Ballet
  • Past Director, Intervention Resource Center
  • Past Director, Jewish Hospital Foundation
  • Past Director, Louisville Jaycees
  • Past Director, Family & Children's Counseling Centers 
  • Past Trustee, University of Louisville Hospital


Contributions & Published Works

  • "The Fiscal Cliff In Depth," Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, January 2013
  • Co-Author, "Hospital and Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review," Kentucky Health Law (5th ed. 2008)
  • Author, “A Guide to Successful Compliance with HIPAA Regulations,” Complying with Health Care Privacy Laws, Aspatore, 2008
  • Co-Author & Editor, "Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for Professionals and Entrepreneurs," published by the American Bar Association
  • Co-Author, "Strategies and Techniques for Successful Estate Planning," Inside the Minds: Estates and Trusts, published by Aspatore Books, July 2005
  • Co-Author, "Hospital and Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review," UK CLE Kentucky Health Law, 4th Edition, 2004
  • Co-Author, "Lifetime Gifts: Outright, in Trust and Non-Traditional Giving Techniques," UK Estate Planning Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2003
  • "Selected Recent Developments in Trusts, Estates, and Estate Planning," Louisville Bar Association, November 15, 2002
  • "Hospitals Defend Lawsuits on Quality of Care," Kentucky Hospitals, Spring 1991
  • "The National Practitioner Data Bank: New Benefits and Burdens," Kentucky Hospitals, Fall 1990
  • "An Analysis of the IRS Section 2036(c) Notice; part II," Journal of Taxation, December 1989
  • "An Analysis of the IRS Section 2036(c) Notice; part I," Journal of Taxation, November 1989
  • "Proposed Medicare Regulations: Denial of Payment for Substandard Quality Care and Review of Beneficiary Complaints," Kentucky Hospitals, Fall 1989
  • "Medicare-Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Safe Harbors," Louisville Lawyer, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1989
  • "Using the Service's New Handbook for Estate Tax Examiners," 68 Journal of Taxation 276, May 1988
  • "Detailed Analysis of Section 10108 of H.R. 3545 Relating to Minority Discounts and Estate Freezes," American Bar Association Section of Taxation Paper, November 1987
  • "Special Use Valuation–Entity Issues," American Bar Association Section of Taxation Paper, November 1987
  • "Planning for an ESOP to Assume an Estate Tax Liability Involves Many Unanswered Questions," 12 Estate Planning 290, September 1985
  • "Proposed Regulations Explain Some Limitations on Stock Redemptions to Pay Taxes and Expenses, 12 Estate Planning 8, January 1985
  • "Passive Assets: New Changes to the Deferral Rules," 123 Trusts & Estates 29, September 1984
  • "Section 6166 Legislation: Interpreting TCA '82 and Treasury's Response to S. 1251," 122 Trusts & Estates 39, October 1983
  • "Current Attitudes Toward Estate Tax Discounts for Restricted Securities and Underwriting Fees," 10 Estate Planning 276, September 1983
  • "The Equine Partnership Freeze: How to Win the Estate Tax Stakes," Kentucky Bench and Bar, October 1982
  • "Making a Timely Section 754 Election after a Partner's Death," Taxation for Accountants, August 1982
  • "Retained Power to Substitute Corporate Trustees," 119 Trusts & Estates 42, Co-Author, April 1982
  • "The Active Business Requirements for Estate Tax Deferral; How Little Activity Qualifies?" 59 Taxes 647, September 1981
  • "Tax Planning for the Coal Miner's Daughter's Father," 120 Trusts & Estates 55, October 1981





  • Co-Presenter, "Unlocking Wealth: Timely Strategies for Moving Family Assets," Louisville, Kentucky, February 23, 2010 
  • Co-Presenter, "HIPAA for Estate Planners," Louisville Bar Association, March 2005
  • Co-Presenter, "What the Trust and Estate lawyer Must Know About HIPAA," University of Kentucky Estate Planning Seminar, July 2004
  • Moderator, Kentucky MGMA Fraud & Abuse Compliance Seminar, 1999
  • Moderator, Kentucky Health Care Reform Seminar, October 1995
  • "Recent Developments in Estate Planning," University of Kentucky Annual Estate Planning Seminars, 1981-1985, 1987
  • "Handling Distributions from Qualified Plans," Midwest Tax & Estate Planning Seminar, 1985



Brown University, A.B., 1972
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1975

  • Kentucky, 1976
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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