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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 ( 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.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  3. Trucking Accident: 10%
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
  5. Other: 25%
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Contact info

Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC

1022 NW Marshall St Ste 450
Portland, OR, 97209


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Product LiabilityBest Lawyers in America2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial lawyers2011
Top 10 Attorney in OregonSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Portland's Best LawyersPortland Monthly Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPaulson Coletti Trial Attorneys2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Society of BarristersFellow2015 - Present
Inner Circle of AdvocatesMember2012 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate Member2008 - Present
Attorney Information Exchange GroupMember2004 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Groth V. Hyundai12.1 Million Dollar Jury Verdict
Confidential5.475 Million Jury Verdict
Estate of Ray Whitney v. Champion Road Grader$3 Million - Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationContingent Fees2008
Oregon State BarDamages Handbook Supplement2002
Oregon State BarDamages Handbook Supplement1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of WashingtonEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigating Auto Accident CasesPreparation and use of experts at trial.2012
Trial PracticeClosing Arguments2011
Trial PracticeLearning the Ropes2010
Oregon Trial Advocacy CollegeOpening Statement2010
Trial PracticeTips and Traps for the Civil Litigator2009
Trial PracticeMake or Break Medical Issues in Litigation2008
Trial PracticePreparing Your Witness for Trial2006
Trial PracticeNew Takes on Depositions2001