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About me

I started working in criminal law by working as an investigator at The Defender Assoication in Seattle during college.  I later worked at the California innocence Project  in law school and helped to free those who were wrongfully convicted from prison.  After that, I interned for two years at the San Diego County Public Defender's Office at the trial level.  When I moved back home to Washington, I worked on a number of felony appeals. 


My practice is now focused primarily on civil matters that may lead to litigation and ultimately a jury trial.  The time I spent as a criminal defense attorney gave me inavluable experience that is of great advantage in negotiating settlements and handling jury trials.  The civil matters that I focus on include, personal injury and auto accidents, breach of contract, landlord/tenant disputes, denial of insurance claims and wrongful termination of employment.










Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    6 years
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 15%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Stephanie Hartung

    John is a very capable attorney and supportive colleague. His willingness to help other attorneys is just one of the qualities that make John an asset to the field.


    Stephanie Hartung Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

1411 E. Olive Way
Seattle, WA, 98122-2127


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Honors AwardCalifornia Western School of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of John E. Gross2009 - Present
Human Resources SpecialistU.S. Army2006 - 2008
Rule 9 InternWashington Appellate Project2005 - 2006
Legal InternOffice of the Public Defender of San Diego County2003 - 2005
Law ClerkCalifornia Innocence Project2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Appeal of 2nd Degree Robbery & 3rd Degree AssaultThird Degree Assault conviction vacated
City of Burien Shoplifting Case3rd Degree Theft (shoplifting) dimissed
Domestic Violence Protection Order Petition DismissedPetition against my client was dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of WashingtonSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2001