John Eason

John Eason

Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 454


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  • Trusts and Estates
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Philanthropy


  • B.S., cum laude, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Duke University, 1992
  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida, 1999


Professor John Eason joined Seattle University from Tulane University Law School, where he had taught since 2000. Before that, he taught at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and was in private practice at the Brookes, Pierce law firm in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is an Academic Fellow with the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel (ACTEC) and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Law School from 2015-2017. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of federal taxation, trusts and estates, nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, asset protection, elder law and property. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University School of Law and graduated first in his LL.M. in taxation program at the University of Florida College of Law.



  • Motive, Duty, and the Management of Restricted Charitable Gifts, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 123 (2010)
  • "The Restricted Gift Life Cycle, or What Comes Around Goes Around", 76 Fordham L. Rev. 693 (2007).
  • "Policy, Logic, and Persuasion in the Evolving Realm of Trust Asset Protection", 27 Cardozo L. Rev. 2621 (2006).
  • "Private Motive and Perpetual Conditions in Charitable Naming Gifts: When Good Names Go Bad", 38 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 375 (2005).
  • "Retirement Security Through Asset Protection: An Evolution of Wealth, Privilege, and Policy", 61 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 159 (Winter 2004).
  • "Developing the Asset Protection Dynamic: A Legacy of Federal Concern", 31 Hofstra L. Rev. 23 (2002).
  • "Home From the Islands: Domestic Asset Protection Trust Alternatives Impact Traditional Estate and Gift Planning Considerations", 52 Fla. L. Rev. 41 (2000)