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Peter A. Arntson has over 53 years of legal experience. His practice is devoted primarily to estate planning and administration with a particular emphasis on the taxation of trusts and estates. His practice also includes forming and advising partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, closely held businesses, private foundations and public charitable organizations.

Peter graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in history. After two years in the Army, one year of which was in France, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law where he obtained his L.L.B. (now J.D.). He later obtained an L.L.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He began his practice in Arlington with Philips, Kendrick, Gearhardt & Aylor in 1965, becoming a partner in 1970. In 1975 he became a partner in this firm.

  • L.L.M. (Taxation), Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., History, University of Virginia


Peter serves, and has served, on the boards of numerous charitable and nonprofit organizations. These include the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Heart Association, of which he was the Chairman, the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, the Arlington Community Foundation, the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children, and the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.  In addition, Peter served as Deputy Commissioner of Accounts for Fairfax County for 13 years. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserves and a graduate of the Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Arntson has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Tax Section of the Virginia State Bar.

  • Mr. Arntson has given numerous Continuing Legal Education programs for the Virginia State Bar and other organizations. He has also published law review articles on the Virginia Land Trust and on Individual Retirement Accounts.
  • “Still Short of Its Goal: A Critical Look at Individual Retirement Accounts,” Washington and Lee Law Review
  • The Virginia Land Trust—An Overlooked Title Holding Device for Investment, Business and Estate Planning Purposes,” Washington and Lee Law Review