John P. Goetz, Esq.


Although a native of Wisconsin, John moved to Virginia to attend college and has resided there since 1990. Prior to attending law school, John worked as a legal assistant for lawyers practicing transactional law, real estate, employment, bankruptcy, contracts and business law. John has been married to his wife, Maureen, and is the proud father of two children.


Admitted to practice:

Virginia, 2009



Liberty University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009

   Law Review, editor

Liberty University, B.S., 1993

American Institute for Paralegal Studies, certificate, 2001



Virginia State Bar (Member of Bankruptcy & Estate Planning Sections)

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia

Fauquier County Bar Association



Obtained favorable judgment, after providing Memorandum of Law and presenting oral argument, establishing the ability to avoid liens held against real property without the ability of a debtor to receive a discharge as long as the underlying bankruptcy case is filed in good faith (In re Helton,  AP #11-06028 (Bankr. W.D. Va., decided Aug. 12, 2011).

Produced a favorable judgment, after oral argument, using expert testimony and multiple forms of valuation, to determine secured status of a lien against real property under 11 U.S.C. § 506.  In re Fay, AP #11-06067 (Bankr. W.D. Va., decided Feb. 28, 2012).

Obtained favorable judgment, reversing previous decisions, holding that, upon the filing of a bankruptcy and case disposition of a wage garnishment, funds held due to a wage garnishment are exempt under Va. Code Ann. §34-17(A), not §34-17(B), and are not non-exempt assets of the bankruptcy estate. (In re Fanning, Case No. 12-50271 (Bankr. W.D. Va., decided Jun. 22, 2012).

Achieved reinstatement of employment for a client, through negotiation, after filing a wrongful termination suit under 11 U.S.C. §525 – Protection against Discriminatory Treatment.

Filed a persuasive Memorandum of Law concerning household size in Official Form B22C in response to trustee’s Objection to Confirmation. In re Ramey, Case No. 10-60732 (Bankr. W.D. Va., filed May 18, 2010).

Lectured groups regarding the benefits of bankruptcy and the tools available under Chapter 13 to protect real and personal property.



Prior to becoming an associate attorney at John Goetz Law, PLC, James M. McMinn was an associate with John Carter Morgan, Jr. PLLC. Mr. McMinn also practiced bankruptcy law in the Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania at one of the largest bankruptcy firms in the state.

Mr. McMinn concentrates his practice on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13  bankruptcies. He is a native of Central Virginia and enjoys helping families and small business owners in the area through financial crisis with professional service, reliable legal counsel, and hands-on client representation.


Admitted to practice:





Liberty University School of Law, J.D., 2010

Liberty University, B.S., Government, 2007



Virginia State Bar

Pennsylvania State Bar 

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia