John Sheftall was admitted to the Georgia State Bar in 1983. A native of Macon, Georgia, he received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1980, and his J.D. and M.A. degrees in 1983 from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Hatcher Stubbs in 1994, John practiced law in Atlanta, where he was active in both the Fiduciary Section of the State Bar and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. John's area of concentration is fiduciary law, including estate planning, estate administration, and fiduciary litigation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, serves as a Director of SunTrust Bank in Columbus, and is a former Trustee of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation. John's activities outside of the Firm are focused on history and historic preservation, as well as neighborhood revitalization and community planning in Columbus. He has served on a number of local and regional non-profit boards, including the Georgia Historical Society, headquartered in Savannah, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, headquartered in Atlanta, and the Georgia Legal History Foundation. He is Past President of Historic Columbus Foundation, Chairman of Historic Linwood Foundation, and President of MidTown, Inc., an organization responsible for the revitalization of older neighborhoods in Columbus. He also serves currently as a Director of the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. John has been active in the Rotary Club of Columbus and at Trinity Episcopal Church, serving at the parish level as a Vestry member and Senior Warden, as well as at the diocesan level as a delegate and task force member. He has lectured widely at various fiduciary law seminars throughout Georgia and speaks regularly before historical groups and organizations.