• 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 Basking Ridge, New Jersey and a satellite office in 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.