John grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon. He received his undergraduate degree
from the University of Washington in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree
in English. John graduated from Willamette University School of Law in
1994 where he served as the associate editor of the Willamette Law Review.
John is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington and his practice
is limited to representing seriously injured people in cases involving
defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice and negligence.
A Strong Track Record Of Success
John has received several million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf
of his clients including:
- $13.9 Million against a garbage truck company that traumatically amputated
a man's leg while crossing in a crosswalk
- $12.1 Million against the manufacturer of a defective lathe which caused
the death of a young man
- $5.475 Million against the manufacturer of a defective pain medication
pump which destroyed the cartilage in a man’s shoulder
John’s verdict against the pain pump manufacturer was the first in
the country holding the manufacturers of defective pain pumps responsible
for their dangerous products.
Award-Winning Legal Representation
John is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates (www.innercircle.org). Founded in 1972, The Inner Circle of Advocates is an invitation-only
group of 100 of the best trial lawyers in America who are selected for
their character, experience, and success in the courtroom. The Inner Circle
of Advocates was described by The Washington Post as, “A select
group of 100 of the nation’s most celebrated trial lawyers”
and is recognized as one of the most exclusive groups of attorneys in
the nation. Although spread across the country, members work collectively
to share experience, skills, and knowledge in pursuit of justice.
John is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He was ranked in
the Top 10 Oregon Lawyers by Oregon Super Lawyers and in the Top 10 of
Portland’s Best Lawyers by Portland Monthly magazine. John was also
named Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year 2012-13 and 2014-15 for plaintiff
product liability litigation, and again in 2017 & 2019 for Admiralty
and Maritime law.
John is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American
Board of Trial Advocates; International Society of Barristers; American
Association for Justice; Attorney Information Exchange Group; Oregon Trial
Lawyers Association; Washington State Association for Justice; and Oregon
and Washington State Bar Associations. John has also served as an adjunct
professor of Advanced Trial Advocacy at Lewis and Clark Law School.
Outside The Courtroom
John enjoys spending time with his 2 children and is also an avid triathlete
who has completed several Ironman Triathlons and marathons. John also
enjoys fishing and skiing.
John is a member of the Make-A-Wish Oregon Board of Directors and is actively
involved in the community as a volunteer wish granter.