John Estadt

Phone (740) 695-1444

Born and raised in the small idyllic town of Caldwell, Ohio, John R. Estadt grew up learning the values that all Ohioans share – family, common sense and hard work.  He learned firsthand from his grandfather, Joseph Estadt, who was a German immigrant, and the town blacksmith, the importance of hard work.  As a young man, his father, a funeral director of over fifty (50) years, inspired his belief in honest public service through his unflagging compassion and desire to help those less fortunate.  More than anything, it is his family and the values he learned growing up among the hardworking men and women of Southeast Ohio that define who John Estadt is and the dedicated and honest attorney he strives to be.

John R. Estadt attended Kent State University in 1968.  In 1972, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History.  John then became the Belmont County Extension Agent for 4-H.  He also, at that time, attended The Ohio State University and received a Master of Science degree majoring in Agricultural Education in 1979.  Upon graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1983, he returned to practice law in Caldwell, Ohio before moving on and joining the law firm of Kinder, Kinder and Hanlon in St. Clairsville, Ohio in 1984.  Shortly thereafter, John left the Kinder law firm to go with the law firm of Hanlon, Duff and Paleudis Co., LPA.  John became a Member of the Bar of the Southern District of Ohio, U.S. District Court, on July 3, 1984, and the Sixth District Court of Appeals for Ohio.  Additionally, John is a Member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

John is a past Exulted Ruler and Trustee of Barnesville Elks Lodge No. 1699, former Board Member and Chairman of Belmont County Family Planning, a past member of Belmont County Park Board District No. 2 (James Carnes Center).  Currently, he is the President of and a founding Board Member of the St. Clairsville Public Library Foundation, and President of the Belmont Hills Country Club.  In addition to his professional affiliations, John is a Member of the St. Clairsville Knights of Columbus Lodge 4243, Barnesville Elks Lodge No. 1699, St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159, the St. Clairsville Eagle Aerie 2541.  John holds a sustaining membership in Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, WV.

John is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, angler and golfer.  He has been married since 1988 to the former Patricia Jones.  They have one child, a daughter Alicia.

Practice Areas

Planning; Trusts and Estates; Wills; Probate and Guardianships; Taxation Law; Real Estate Law; Coal, Oil & Gas Mineral Law; Business Law; Corporate Law; Limited Liability Company Law


Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1983; Ohio State University, M.S., 1979; Kent State University, B.A., 1972


1983, Ohio; 1984, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 1989, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals; Sixth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court


Belmont County Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Trust and Probate Law Section; Estate Planning Council, Upper Ohio Valley