John E. Dawson

Direct Dial: 702-383-8812
Fax: 702-383-8845

Practice Emphasis

Trusts and Estates, Asset Protection

Professional Experience

John Dawson is a shareholder with Lionel Sawyer & Collins, where his practice focuses primarily in the areas of trusts, estates, and asset protection. Mr. Dawson has extensive practice experience in estate planning, wills, offshore trusts and revocable living trusts, probate, guardianships, business succession planning, asset protection planning, estate and gift taxation, and all related corporate law in support of entity formation, including corporations, family limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. He is co-author of Asset Protection Guidebook for Attorneys and Accountants, and has taught various Continuing Legal Education courses on probate, estate taxation, asset protection and related topics.

Mr. Dawson is listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers for Estate Planning and Probate Law and was recently named a 2014 Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Chairman, Probate and Trust Section, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, Clark County Bar
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • President and Board Member, Nevada Chapter for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • Adjunct Professor, Community College of Southern Nevada, teaching classes on Wills, Trusts and Probate


  • University of San Diego School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1993
  • J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, J.D., 1988
  • Weber State University, B.S., Accounting, 1982

Bar/Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada, 1988
  • State Bar of Utah, 1989

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