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John S. Kapuza graduated from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992 with a dual major in Political Science and History, receiving the Outstanding Student Award for Political Science. He is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated in the top 15% of his class and served on the Scholastic Review Board. Mr. Kapuza also received the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law. 


Mr. Kapuza was named a Rising Star™ by Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2007 and 2008. In 2013, he was "AV Rated" by Martindale-Hubbell. John is also rated "Superb" by AVVO, an independent online lawyer rating system. He has served on the Washington State Association for Justice Board of Governors, is past chair of the Washington State Association for Justice Yakima Tort Roundtable, is a past officer of the John Gavin Inn of Court and a past member of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division on Continuing Legal Education. 


John has been active in the United Way of Central Washington, Yakima Chapter of the American Red Cross, and is a frequent presenter at local Yakima schools encouraging students to pursue careers in the law.



Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 50%
    3 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
  3. Animal & Dog Bites: 20%
  4. Slip and Fall Accident: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Bryan Gregory Smith

    I endorse this lawyer. John is smart and knows how to maximize the value of a case through good lawyering and common sense.


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Contact info

Abeyta Nelson P.C.

1102 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA, 98902

Abeyta Nelson PC

2590 Yakima Valley Highway, Suite 2
Sunnyside, WA, 98944



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Listed Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAbeyta Nelson Injury Law P.C.1996 - Present
ArbitratorArbitrator for Yakima County Mandatory Arbitration Program at Yakima County Superior Court2003 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2011 - Present
American Red Cross, Yakima ChapterBoard of Directors2008 - 2012
Washington State Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2004 - 2011
United States District Court, Eastern District of WashingtonMember2002 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2002 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeBoard of Governors, Chair, Yakima County Tort Roundtable2001 - 2003
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionContinuing Legal Education2000 - 2001
John Gavin Inn of CourtSecretary1997 - 1999
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Yakima County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude, Top 15% of Class1995
State University of New York at BuffaloPolitical Science/HistoryBachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Paralegal SeminarSubrogation & Liens - A Basic Overview2009