John Blakeslee

Of Counsel

Estate Planning
(231) 486-4555  |   EMAIL:

John has nearly 45 years of experience serving clients across Northwest Michigan. For individuals, John handles all matters relating to estate planning including wills, trusts, and probate litigation.


In addition, he works with his clients on issues relating to succession planning, business and corporate law, and real estate law. John is also a certified mediator for civil, domestic, and probate cases.

John is very active in the legal profession and the Traverse City community. Throughout his career, he has served as a prosecuting attorney, founded a local Estate Planning Council, served as president of the local housing commission, and served in numerous leadership positions for local and statewide legal organizations.


Western Michigan University (B.A. 1960)
University of Detroit (J.D. 1965)


State Bar of Michigan (1965)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1965)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (1966)
U.S. Supreme Court (1971)
U.S. Tax Court (1974)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1975)


AV Peer Rated, Martindale Hubbell
Listed as “Michigan Super Lawyer,” Estate Planning, Probate, and Mediation