• Boston College, AB, cum laude, 1977
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, JD, 1980
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. (Taxation), 1989

Admissions and Memberships:

  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • United States Tax Court, 1981
  • New York Bar, 1989
  • New Jersey Bar, 1991
  • Member, American, New Jersey and New York Bar Associations

Civic Activities:


  • Board of Governors, Fairmount Country Club, Chatham, NJ, 2012-2013
  • Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of New Jersey, Inc., 2008-2013
  • Borough Council, Borough of Madison, NJ


  • Board of Directors, 1997-2003; Endowment Committee, 2003-2006, Madison Area YMCA, Madison, NJ
  • Board of Directors, Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison, NJ, 1994-2007
  • Board of Directors, 1996-2002, Chair, 2000-2002, Clergy Partnership on Domestic Violence, Madison, NJ
  • Advisory Council, NJ All Stars, Newark, NJ


  • Gift Planning Advisory Council of the Greater New York Chapter of the American Red Cross, New York, NY, 2009-2010


John M. Elias

John Elias is a founding member of Elias Sellitti LLC, a boutique law firm with its main office in Florham Park, New Jersey and satellite offices in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and New York, New York. Mr. Elias’ practice focuses on the representation of individuals, closely-held businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individual and corporate fiduciaries in matters relating to estate and gift tax planning; income tax planning; charitable planning for donors and donees; general business and succession planning; asset protection; fiduciary and probate litigation, and federal and state tax audits and disputes.

Mr. Elias received an AB cum laude from Boston College, a JD from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Elias has been listed as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for Trusts and Estates from 2005-2010, in New York Best Lawyers from 2009-2015, in The Best Lawyers in America from 2009-2015, and as a National Leader, Wealth Management, in the 2006-2011 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Elias also has written multiple articles on the topic of Trusts and Estates and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of estate, income, and succession planning topics.