John has received several million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients including a verdict of $12.1 Million against the manufacturer of a defective lathe which caused the death of a young man, and a verdict of $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.
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 for plaintiff product liability litigation.
John is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; 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.
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.
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 actively involved in the community as a volunteer wish granter with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Licensed since 1994
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Product Liability||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial lawyers||2011|
|Top 10 Attorney in Oregon||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Portland's Best Lawyers||Portland Monthly Magazine||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Partner||Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys||2007 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Inner Circle of Advocates||Member||2012 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Associate Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Attorney Information Exchange Group||Member||2004 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1995 - Present|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||1994 - Present|
|Groth V. Hyundai||12.1 Million Dollar Jury Verdict|
|Confidential||5.475 Million Jury Verdict|
|Estate of Ray Whitney v. Champion Road Grader||$3 Million - Jury Verdict|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Contingent Fees||2008|
|Oregon State Bar||Damages Handbook Supplement||2002|
|Oregon State Bar||Damages Handbook Supplement||1995|
|Willamette University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of Washington||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|Litigating Auto Accident Cases||Preparation and use of experts at trial.||2012|
|Trial Practice||Closing Arguments||2011|
|Trial Practice||Learning the Ropes||2010|
|Oregon Trial Advocacy College||Opening Statement||2010|
|Trial Practice||Tips and Traps for the Civil Litigator||2009|
|Trial Practice||Make or Break Medical Issues in Litigation||2008|
|Trial Practice||Preparing Your Witness for Trial||2006|
|Trial Practice||New Takes on Depositions||2001|