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John B. Peace

About John

John combines an accountant’s pragmatic approach with an attorney’s problem-solving skills to help clients plan for the future success of their families and businesses. With legal expertise accumulated over four decades as an estate planning attorney, John assesses each client’s goals to create effective strategies to maximize and preserve the value of their assets.

Professional Experience

John B. Peace’s practice includes all facets of estate planning, from drafting and implementing family partnerships to assisting trustees and executors in the administration of trusts and estates. He leverages his accounting and legal knowledge to minimize or eliminate taxes while ensuring his clients’ desires for the distribution of their assets takes place.

In addition to estate planning and wealth preservation, John uses his tax law expertise to help clients in other aspects of their businesses, including business organization and structures.

John’s passion for both accounting and law has been evident throughout his career. He served as president of the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy and chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as well as chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Taxation Section. He is also a fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

President, Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, 1996-1997; chair, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, 2000-2001; member, American Institute of CPAs; fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; member, former chair, Taxation Section, American Bar Association


John has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2006 in the categories of Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates, including a Little Rock “Lawyer of the Year” designation for 2018 in the Trusts and Estates category. He is listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in the categories of Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate and Tax: Business (2007-2015, 2020-2021).

Community Involvement

John is a former board member for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and he is past chair of the Greater Arkansas Chapter of American Red Cross.

Presentations & Publications

John has served as a discussion leader for many tax programs sponsored by the Arkansas Society of CPAs. While attending the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law, he was the associate editor of the Arkansas Law Review.


John and his wife, Pamela, have three children—Amy, Bethany and Michael—and four grandchildren. He is a licensed pilot and enjoys time with his family and traveling.

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