John D. Hawkins

JD, CPA | Tax Principal



Total Experience




Specializing In:

  • Individuals & Corporations
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Retirement Plans
  • Non-Profits


Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Belmont University

Doctor of Jurisprudence Law from the Willamette University College of Law

Meet John

As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) backed by a law degree, John leads REDW’s tax practice in the firm’s Oregon office, advising individuals, corporations, trusts & estates, retirement plans, and tax-exempt organizations on smart tax strategies and compliance with complex tax rules and regulations.

Prior to joining REDW, John advanced steadily through the ranks from intern in 1986 to partner and, ultimately, in 2022, Chairman of the Board at Grove, Mueller & Swank, P.C. (GMS). In late 2023, GMS joined forces with REDW to better serve their combined clients, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Oregon, John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). He is also a member of the Oregon State Bar.

John currently serves as Vice Chair of the OSCPA’s Board of Directors and is a member of its Estate Planning Committee, as well as the Oregon Department of Revenue/OSB Tax/OSCPA Liaison Committee. John is also a current member of the Governor’s Council of Revenue Forecast Advisors, which assists Oregon’s State Economist in developing tax revenue projections.

Community Involvement

A strong believer in giving back to his community, John currently serves as Treasurer of the Salem Police Foundation, of which he was a founding member, as well as Treasurer of the Union Gospel Mission Support Corporation, responsible for building a men's shelter. He is also on the Board of Northwest Health Enterprises, which built a medical care clinic for low-income individuals in West Salem. His prior community service includes leadership roles at Leave-a-Legacy of the Mid-Willamette Valley; Friends of Marion/Polk County CASA; the Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation, serving developmentally disabled individuals; the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem; and the United Methodist Retirement Center

Speaking Engagements

John's most recent speaking engagements include:"Farm Succession Planning," presented to the Chemeketa Agribusiness Management Program (December 2022); "Fiduciary Income Tax" at the Oregon State Bar's Advanced Estate Planning Conference (June 2022); and "Tax Update for Trusts & Estates" to the Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council.A former adjunct professor at Willamette University, John has also taught tax courses at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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