JOHN WESLEY HANES IV | Attorney | Law and Ethics Speaker | Relationship & Emotional Intelligence Expert | The Hanes Legacy

John Hanes is an attorney and a public speaker. His great grand-father was the founder of what is now the iconic Hanes Brand and clothing line. His grandfather was a turnaround specialist and senior partner at Smith Barney and was appointed and sworn into oath of office for the U.S. Treasury by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. He assisted FDR when he created the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of the regulation and packed it with respected businessmen. His father was a war veteran who later served with the CIA for three decades.

Has currently serves as a Partner and attorney with Rivera & Hanes, P.L. a well as a corporate attorney with proficiency in trusts & estates and legal research. John has exceptional oral communication and written communication skills with the ability to master and understand even the most complex statutes. He is a draftsman adept at writing flexible documents and analyzing and reviewing complex legal matters. He is able to prepare and argue motions, legal briefs and customary litigation filings; attend hearings and depositions; research cases and statutes pertaining to complex litigation. He trains and advises owners, senior management and boards in compliance, risk management/mitigation, proper governance, and creation/interpretation of rules, regulations, policies and procedures. He crafts, reviews and negotiates contracts for corporations, professional services, and real estate transactions. He drafts wills, trusts, charitable foundations, and non-probate transfer and estate planning documents. He is able to draft probate filings. plan distribution of estate assets, attend hearings, prepare estate tax returns, aid in marshaling estate assets, settling debts, obtaining valuations/appraisals, and liaise with fiduciaries. He conducts lectures on trusts and estates, gifting, family succession planning, governance, and compliance.

John has trained attorneys in all aspects of file review, legal drafting, and legal research. He has reviewed and evaluated client trusts and entity structures for insurable interest and business risk. He has drafted settlement documents totaling two hundred fifty million dollar annual values. He has increased the productivity of companies while also developing policies, procedures and training materials. He coordinates with outside counsel and advises business executives and personnel as needed.

John has examined complex international land titles to determine status and/or establish chain of title. He has analyzed and abstracted all documents affecting real property. He has crafted and issued specialized commitments, policies and endorsements. He has written training materials and conducted staff training sessions. He has counseled developers and attorneys in nuances of foreign real estate development. He has successfully researched and closed title insurance in excess of eighty million dollars. He has created legal departments responsible for the incorporation, auditing and handling of legal matters of over eighty non-profit corporations throughout six states, Africa and the Caribbean, with a combined budget of over forty million dollars. He provides advice to Chief Executives, Boards and Human Resources departments of each associated corporation. He has recruited, trained, and managed legal department staff; supervised and trained Information Systems and Risk Management personnel. He has served as legal counsel for a culmination of business, non-profit organizations, high net worth individuals, and more. Here are a few achievements.

  • Partner and Attorney at Rivera & Hanes P.L.
  • Former General Counsel for Spotlight Settlements
  • Former Senior In-House Counsel for Peachtree Settlement Funding
  • Former General Counsel for ACES Corporation
  • Former Judicial Intern for Honorable John S Martin, Jr, United States Judge (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Former Research Representative for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &Flom
  • Former Network Administrator, Computer Consultant, for Deloitte & Touche
  • Former Network Administrator, Computer Consultant, for Smith Barney
  • Former Computer Consultant, Programmer, for Office of Actuary for the City of New York
  • Former Account Representative for Morgan Guaranty Trust Company
  • Bar Admissions New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Georgia and Florida
  • Juris Doctor (JD), Honors: Fordham Moot Court Board, Mediation Clinic, from Fordham University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science and Engineering (BSE), Concentration: Operations research and Management Information Systems from Princeton University
  • Teacher and Private tutor in Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Algebra, Geometry, Physics, Chemistry, SAT & ACT Preperation
  • Potomac School Graduate


John is faithfully & happily married for many years. He is the father of special needs child, now a well-adjusted and thriving young man, and has served on the Autism board. He is a true student of relationship wisdom and knowledge. His passion is often found in teaching others in a manner that is light-hearted and disarming.

He has taught at schools, churches, focus groups, break-out sessions, retreats, and on both, large group and small group settings. Mr Hanes enjoys traveling and exploring with such exploits as skydiving or exploring caves. As an intellectual, he is formidable at speaking on such topics as the law, history, theology, society…to name a few. On matters of ethics and conflict resolution, he is found to be exceptionally skillful. On occasion, his wife and son have joined him and, collectively, served as motivational speakers and teachers on various topics, as they are also talented speakers.

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