John M. Peterson


    John serves as the firm’s point person for assisting clients and public speaking on all aspects of the Affordable Care Act, having delivered more than 200 presentations since joining the firm in late 2012. His deep knowledge of ACA compliance allows John to provide comprehensive legal counsel to organizations, businesses and brokers, responding to ACA challenges both creatively and proactively.

    John is a member of the firm’s ESOPs, Benefits & Compensation, Business Tax, Labor & Employment, and Private Client Services practice groups. John has 45+ years of experience as both a practicing attorney and CPA in the areas of retirement plans and employee benefits. John also has extensive teaching experience on ERISA matters, 26 years as an adjunct professor at William and Mary Law School and 20+ years at Old Dominion University’s Professional Financial Planning program.

    Recognition & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2024
    • Norfolk Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2024
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2021-2023
    • Norfolk Tax Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2019
    • Virginia Super CPA; Virginia Business Magazine
    • Old Dominion University; Adjunct Professor, 1999-present
    • College of William & Mary School of Law; Adjunct Professor, 1978-2004


    • Hampton Roads Employee Benefit Study Group; Founding Member
    • American Institute of CPAs; Employee Benefit Committee
    • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants; Employee Benefits Committee


    • College of William & Mary; B.S., 1970
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1972
    • William & Mary Law School; MTAX, 1973

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