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John Stocks

About me

I have obtained several rewarding and high settlements for clients in divorces, personal injury, civil rights and police misconduct cases. I obtained the highest jury verdict in Spokane County ($3 million) against a Sheriff's office for misconduct against my clients. I am a well-rounded trial attorney who has litigated a wide range of cases, including taking cases through mediation, arbitration, and if needed, trial and appeals courts. I have done both bench and jury trials.


I became a lawyer after the Major League Baseball peoples did not draft me in the first few rounds when I was 18.  I pitched several "1 hitters" (yes, 1 hitters, not "no hitters") in high school and for American Legion at ages 16-18.  I also loved playing basketball and football, but when old age set in (age 24+), I began playing softball and have really enjoyed that over the years, until really old age set in (age 40+), and now I don't play as much.  Trying to pick up golf cuz I see a lot of older people out there swinging the clubs.  I like martial arts, sports on t.v., good movies, good food, and being happy.  I have never traveled around the world, but have been to China twice (wow, it is really cool).  Anyway, I still spend the 60-80 work weeks because I am obsessed with deadlines, client problems and being the best lawyer I possibly can. 


Languages spoken: French, Russian

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 75%
    25 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Child Support: 10%
    25 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Child Custody: 10%
    25 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    25 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Natalie Rosenbaum De Maar

    I endorse this lawyer. John is a hardworking and excellent attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and obtains good outcomes for his clients.


    Natalie De Maar Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Patricia Lynn Steele

    I endorse this lawyer. John Stocks in an aggressive advocate with a common sense approach to his cases that is both refreshing and effective. I would recommend him to anyone dealing with family law issues.


    Patricia Steele Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

721 45th St Ne
Auburn, WA, 98002-1303


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best AttorneyAuburn Reporter2014
Best Attorney - finalistAuburn Reporter2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Best Attorney - finalist (top 2)Auburn Voters - Auburn Reporter2011
Best Attorney - finalist (top 2)Auburn Voters - Auburn Reporter2010
Best Attorney - finalists (top 2)Auburn Voters - Auburn Reporter2009
Best Attorney - 1st PlaceAuburn Voters - Best of Auburn2008
Who's Who in Family LawN/A2007
VIP MemberContinental Who's Who National Business Leaders2006
Employee and Lawyer of the YearN/A2006
Rising Star NomineeN/A2005
Marketing DirectorN/A2004
AcknowledgementThe Pacific Institute2003
Recruiting PartnerN/A2001
Certificate Re: GAL and Title 13 OAC TrainingN/A2000
Managing PartnerN/A1996
Juris DoctorN/A1991
American Jurisprudence AwardN/A1989
Law Review Top 5% in Law SchoolN/A1989
University of Washington Dean's ListN/A1988
Full ScholarshipInternational Business Food Clinic1988
Bachelor of Arts Business - Magna Cum LaudeN/A1988
AwardPhi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International1987
Full Tuition ScholarshipUniversity of Washington Alumnae1987
National Honor SocietyCentralia Community College1986
National Honor Fraternity AwardPhi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity1986
University of Washington Dean's ListN/A1986
President's List of Honored StudentsN/A1985
State Champion - Percussion/PianoWashington State1984
President's List of Honor StudentsCentralia Commuity College1984
ScholarshipWestern International Band Clinic1984
Beta Gamma SigmaBega Gamma Sigma University of Washington1983
State ChampionAll-Star Baseball Fastpitch Colt League1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberEagles2007 - Present
MemberAuburn Elks2007 - Present
MemberAuburn Noon Lions2006 - Present
PartnerVan Siclen, Stocks & Firkins1998 - Present
PartnerVan Siclen & Stocks1995 - 1998
AssociateSmythe & Van Siclen1991 - 1994
Law ClerkBurgess Fitzer1990 - 1991
Law ClerkSwanson Parr Cordes Younglove Peoples and Wycoff1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Auburn Area Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2014 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Selective Service SystemLocal Board Member2003 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
USSSA Softball World PlayerMember1987 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2002 - 2002
Auburn Chamber of CommerceMember1999 - 2007
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - 1999
American Civil Liberties UnionMember1992 - 1999
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - 2007
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1991 - 1999
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - 2007
South King County Bar AssociationMember1991 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationLawyer1991 - 2007
University of Puget Sound Law ReviewEditor1989 - 1991
Seattle University Law ReviewEditor1989 - 1991
Professional organizations and associationsMember1987 - 1988
Phi Alpha Delta Law FraternityMember1987 - 1988
University of WashingtonDean's List1986 - 1988
Phi Theta Kappa National Honor FraternityMember1985 - 1986
National Honor SocietyMember1984 - 1988
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wife of 11 years versus HusbandCustody and Child Support
Puyallup Couple - Attorney's Fees Request$10,000 temporary attorney's fees
Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) and Contempt Against HusbandThe Court of Appeals Reversed Trial Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
4 Options (Relationships)4 Options to a Family in Turmoil - VSSF2015
Auburn ReporterFamily Law Questions and Answers2006
King County JournalFamily Law2006
Van Siclen, Stocks and Firkins NewsletterMediation - The Process2006
Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins PublicationFamily Law Litigation Disclosure2005
Washington Business AssociationHow to obtain a Mechanic's Lien1992
Juvenile Cases ReporterSummary of Juvenile Court Cases1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of WashingtonBusiness AdminOther - Bachelors1988
Centralia Community CollegeMarketingAssociates1986
Olympia High SchoolBusiness LawHigh School Diploma1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UW and Seattle UJudge Trial2013
Van Siclen, 40 yearsRe-swearing after 40 years2008
Mock TrialJudging Mock Trial2008
Mock TrialMock Trial2007
Mock TrialMock Trial Skills2007
Moot CourtMoot Court Arguments2006
VS & F ConferenceER 904: procedural and substantive pointers2005
The Physician Patient Privilege VisitedWSTLA Roundtable: The Physician Patient Privilege Re: Subsequent Treating Doctor1992