Although a native of Wisconsin, John moved to Virginia to attend college and has resided there since 1990. Prior to attending law school, John worked as a legal assistant for lawyers practicing transactional law, real estate, employment, bankruptcy, contracts and business law. John has been married to his wife, Maureen, and is the proud father of two children.
Admitted to practice:
Liberty University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
Law Review, editor
Liberty University, B.S., 1993
American Institute for Paralegal Studies, certificate, 2001
Virginia State Bar (Member of Bankruptcy & Estate Planning Sections)
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
Fauquier County Bar Association
Obtained favorable judgment, after providing Memorandum of Law and presenting oral argument, establishing the ability to avoid liens held against real property without the ability of a debtor to receive a discharge as long as the underlying bankruptcy case is filed in good faith (In re Helton, AP #11-06028 (Bankr. W.D. Va., decided Aug. 12, 2011).
Produced a favorable judgment, after oral argument, using expert testimony and multiple forms of valuation, to determine secured status of a lien against real property under 11 U.S.C. § 506. In re Fay, AP #11-06067 (Bankr. W.D. Va., decided Feb. 28, 2012).
Obtained favorable judgment, reversing previous decisions, holding that, upon the filing of a bankruptcy and case disposition of a wage garnishment, funds held due to a wage garnishment are exempt under Va. Code Ann. §34-17(A), not §34-17(B), and are not non-exempt assets of the bankruptcy estate. (In re Fanning, Case No. 12-50271 (Bankr. W.D. Va., decided Jun. 22, 2012).
Achieved reinstatement of employment for a client, through negotiation, after filing a wrongful termination suit under 11 U.S.C. §525 – Protection against Discriminatory Treatment.
Filed a persuasive Memorandum of Law concerning household size in Official Form B22C in response to trustee’s Objection to Confirmation. In re Ramey, Case No. 10-60732 (Bankr. W.D. Va., filed May 18, 2010).
Lectured groups regarding the benefits of bankruptcy and the tools available under Chapter 13 to protect real and personal property.
James M. McMinn
James M. McMinn is an associate with John Goetz Law, PLC. He received his J.D. from Liberty University School of Law in 2010. Prior to law school, Mr. McMinn received a Bachelor's Degree in Government from Liberty University, where he graduated in 2007.
Prior to joining John Goetz Law, PLC, Mr. McMinn practiced bankruptcy law in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. He also practiced in both the Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. Mr. McMinn is admitted to practice law in the States of Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Mr. McMinn concentrates his practice on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. He is a native of Central Virginia and enjoys helping families and small business owners in the area through financial crisis with professional service, reliable legal counsel, and hands-on client representation.
In his free time he loves to spend time with his dog Lou and his friend Ellen.
Exceeded my expectations. Staff is very very accommodating and supportive. I would recommend Johni Goetz to each and everyone in needi for a bankruptcy attorney. THANKS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Sheila Hudson - H1BO-C. 8/23/2019
Hands down the best lawyer and staff. Everyone was so helpful and pleasant. I Recommend him to anyone who has to file bankruptcy.
- Jason Wright. 8/19/2019
A truly remarkable experience. All members of the team are professional, kind, caring, and eager to assist! Responses to client inquiries are handled expeditiously. HIGHLY recommended! Thank you!
- Richard Kurzenknabe. 8/18/2019
Definitely professional and helpful. I would recommend in a heartbeat.
- Ryan Moran. 6/15/2019
I want to thank the Goetz Law firm for giving me options on the bankruptcy field. Other lawyers gave me bad advice and didn't tell me alot of options. The Goetz law firm showed me the best options for my situation and it helped me keep my assets that i thought i was going to lose. Thanks again for all the help that they have done for me. The staff is great and really helpful. I recommend them if your having financial difficulty. Thank you again for helping me so much.
- Dale G. 6/2/2019
This is an amazing law firm. Mr. Goetz helped me out in such short notice and I’ve been working with him for 3 years now. He’s very knowledgeable of the Bankruptcy Laws and rights of his clients. The staff there is wonderful, especially Amy who makes the process simple. Mr. Goetz will help you make the best decision for your situation. I would recommend John Goetz Law to anyone seeking financial relief. They are truly a blessing and I would definitely use their services again!
- Melissa Smith. 6/30/2018
What can I say? Words really can't express my gratitude. I am so very grateful and appreciative for everything John and his team has done for me in my time of need when I thought nothing could be done. They are such a wonderful group of people....very knowledgeable, understanding, friendly, and welcoming. Great service and are with you every step of the way. I would highly recommend them to anybody.
- Heather D. 6/27/2018
This is a very helpful honest lawyer and if you use him , you will not be sorry but grateful that you did. Thank you for everything.
- Michael Puzynski. 5/7/2018
I have experienced a difficult--and different--sort of case for bankruptcy. Throughout this ordeal Mr. Goetz has stood by me, answering my questions, explaining different situations and outcomes, and listening to my story. Ms. Hitt, who works with him, and Mr. McMinn, his associate, have also been a tremendous help to me. I highly recommend all of these folks to you.
- Jeff Minick. 3/26/2018
Had a really great experience working with John and Amy. They really helped me out. I only wish that I had gone to them sooner. I would highly recommend John Goetz Law for those in need of financial relief. Many thanks to both of you.
- Rickey Cowan. 3/17/2018
Made us feel comfortable and at ease through the process. Answered all our questions, still answer all our questions as the pop up. Thanks so much!
- Korin Thomas. 3/16/2018
The staff is super professional, patient, informative, and friendly. I highly recommend them !
- Terri Lomelino. 3/14/2018
They were very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Customer service with this business is exemplary! I would recommend them to anyone who needs help in Bankruptcy
- Maribelle Sabio. 3/14/2018
The law firm of John Goetz is A-1 .. they were so helpful.. the process was easy .. everything was explained to me step-by-step ...ms.Hitt was great , very efficient and personable ... thank you so much ..
- Rodney Roy. 3/13/2018
Great experience for an awful situation. Thanks again for all of your help.
- Shanea Cameron. 3/13/2018
Would like to thank John Goetz and his associates for all their help. They truly care about their clients and they have been there for me every time I have needed them.
- Mary Sanders. 3/13/2018
Great company, very understanding.. they are not judgmental, and they helped me in a timely manner whenever I showed up. Mr. Goetz gave a full and complete description on how things would go and it all went very well. My credit is currently improving thanks to John Goetz law!!!!!
- Kat J. 3/13/2018
I would not have made it through without the professional help and friendly service that was provided here. Thank you all!
- Michael Zimmermann. 3/13/2018
Great experience with the Goetz Law firm, the professionalism and knowledge was such a pleasant feeling! My wife and I would absolutely recommend this firm for your legal needs! Thank you to everyone in the office for making this such an easy experience! You guys are great!
- Tony Thomas. 3/13/2018
This team is the best around ! .. yes all businesses are out there to make money, they have to survive as well. But I will tell you.. in my situation: this team made sure everything was handled in an expedited manner, came in on days the office would of normally been closed because it needed to be done to protect me ! I can't speak any higher words of praise for the entire team at John Goetz Law!!
- Joanie . 3/13/2018
The services that John Goetz and his staff provided for us was truly a life saving blessing! After getting necessary paper work together Amy Hitt took care of the rest! Fast and reliable service!! I would use them for any matter requiring a lawyer of his expertise!
- Janice Gillespie. 3/12/2018
Have had very good experience and help through everyone here friendly always answers questions will be sure to recommend this office to anyone who may need a lawyer!!!
- Beverly Exline. 3/12/2018
I went to mr Goetz office after having a horrible experience with another law firm. He explained everything to me and was very helpful. He was 1/2 the price of the other attorney. His staff was pleasant and helpful and answered all my questions. I would recommend his office to anyone in need of financial help.
- Christine Long. 3/12/2018
- Tim Smith. 3/2/2018
welled please with the service.
- sandra lively. 2/5/2018
We came to Mr. Goetz in 2015 with a financial mess and he helped us understand our options and work with us to help resolve them. Mr. Goetz and his staff are all very friendly and personable, and are extremely competent. They have updated their case management to include Internet-based services to help make things easier for everyone involved, and I really appreciate this.
We are very pleased with Mr. Goetz, his staff, and their excellent services, and I would not hesitate to recommend his practice to anyone in need of legal advice in the face of financial adversity.
Thank you Mr. Goetz for your all hard work on our behalf over the last few years - it is very much appreciated!
- Pete Kowalsky. 1/7/2018
Thank God for you and your staff! Not only have you all been great with my case, but you fixed the errors of another attorney on my husband's! Transferring his case to your firm saved us so much hassle and potential loss!!
We highly recommend this firm!
- Margery June Savage Barton. 2/23/2017
Mr Goetz, I would recommend his business to everyone who wants to file the services and business it great always willing to go above and beyond to help you in any way they can. I am very pleased with their services. Thanks S. Lively
- amy hitt. 8/7/2016
John and Amy are THE best! I 100%% recommend them to anyone they can help with every unique situation.
- Britt G713. 8/9/2015
I would recommend John to anyone. He not only quickly answered all questions, but explained them to my satisfaction.