Law Office of John T. Donelan

Law Office of John T. Donelan

Experienced lawyer protecting your rights and interests

Firm Overview

The Law Office of John T. Donelan has provided honest, practical and cost-effective legal or financial solutions to individuals, businesses and credit unions in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1986.

Our clients are our top priority and we take pride in building lasting relationships. We have also earned the respect of Virginia's legal community, which has made Attorney John T. Donelan AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - a distinction signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism and ethical standards.

Each person or business brings a different situation and we tailor our services to meet your particular legal needs. We are a hands-on law firm and work tirelessly for you from the beginning to resolution of your legal matter, no matter how complex. Whether you are facing bankruptcy, settling a dispute, or protecting your family, assets and business with a valid estate plan, we are ready to safeguard your interests and rights. The Law Office of John T. Donelan helps individuals and businesses file for debt relief under Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 under the Bankruptcy Code. The firm also has extensive experience representing creditors in bankruptcy matters.

The Law Office of John T. Donelan is ready to help with your legal matters in the following areas:
-Civil litigation
-Trusts and estates

Successfully serving clients in Virginia:
The Law Office of John T. Donelan represents individuals and businesses in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia which includes Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Alexandria, and in the Circuit Courts around the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Main Office

Main Office
125 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314






Helping you find debt relief

When mounting debt becomes unmanageable bankruptcy can provide relief. At the Alexandria Law Office of John T. Donelan, we help you decide if filing for bankruptcy is the most effective way for you to take control of your debt problems.

Debt analysis assistance:
We have been assisting people with overwhelming debt problems for 26 years. We analyze your case to determine if bankruptcy will advance your immediate and long-term financial goals. We review your debts, income and expenses, and explain the full effects of bankruptcy on your family, business, home ownership and access to credit. If bankruptcy is the right choice, we provide detailed information about the bankruptcy process and a complete picture of the outcome you should expect. Our upfront approach to bankruptcy gives you confidence in your financial future.

Reprieve through automatic stay:
Filing a bankruptcy petition automatically triggers a stay, meaning creditors must immediately stop collection efforts, including letters and phone calls. We correspond with your creditors from the moment you file for bankruptcy and act entirely on your behalf. All communications with your creditors is handled by our office.

Creditor Representation:
The Firm has extensive experience in filing motions for relief from stay, proofs of claim, objections to proofs of claim, Section 523 and Section 727 complaints, objections to disclosure statements, objections to confirmation of chapter 11 and 13 plans, prosecution and defense of preference actions and other miscellaneous creditor actions.

Your bankruptcy options:

Chapter 7 bankruptcy:
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is available to individuals and businesses looking to quickly and simply resolve their debts. Provided you pass the court's means test, Chapter 7 bankruptcy grants you relief from debts through the liquidation of your assets. Because many household and personal items are exempt, you can make a fresh start with limited disruption to your life.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy:
For corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships, Chapter 11 bankruptcy permits your business to continue operating while you pay creditors under a reorganization plan.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy:
An option for families facing foreclosure or for those with higher incomes, Chapter 13 bankruptcy permits you to pay off debts under a court-ordered installment plan extending three to five years. This option provides numerous advantages, including the possibility of keeping your home.

John T. Donelan

Law Office of John T. Donelan


Areas of practice:
-Bankruptcy law
-Civil litigation
-Business law
-Trusts and estates

Admitted to practice:
-Virginia, 1978
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1981
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
-U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1984
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1985

Awards and honors:
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

-George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1978
-Columbia University, 1973

Professional memberships:
-Virginia State Bar Association
-Bankruptcy Section
-Trust and Estates Section
-Alexandria Bar Association
-Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association
-Master of the Bench, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court (Bankruptcy), Washington Metropolitan Area

Reported cases:
John T. Donelan has prosecuted and defended multiple appeals before the U.S. District Court and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Reported cases include:
-In re: Wei Tu Reasonover, U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, Case No. 99-2534
-In re: Jeffery Cooper, Civil Action No. 1-05cv918-A


George Mason University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1978