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John grew up in Tacoma, graduating from Stadium High School and obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Puget Sound. He first thought of becoming a lawyer in high school after studying the civil rights movement. After learning of the horrible injustices suffered, and how the law was fundamental in facilitating social justice, he began dreaming of becoming a lawyer someday. His dream became reality when he graduated from Seattle University School of Law. He graduated with top honors and his class rank was number 8 out of approximately 350 students.


John began working for a Tacoma personal injury and workers compensation law firm in 2003 while in law school. He fell in love with helping injured individuals fight against the government or large insurance companies who were trying to take advantage of the clients. He also discovered that through holding wrongdoers accountable, society as a whole is made a little safer. Many of our nation’s safety regulations and practices stem from personal injury lawsuits. Through the brave men and women who elect to pursue their rights, change is made through better, more reasonable safety practices. After law school John accepted a job at a fairly large firm in Seattle, where he focused on employment and consumer protection class actions. After approximately a year, the law firm where he had worked in law school offered him a job representing injured individuals. He accepted that job and shortly thereafter became a partner at the firm. That firm dissolved in 2012 when one of the founding members, Stanley J. Rumbaugh, was elected to be a Superior Court Judge. Stan was John’s mentor, and when he left the firm John decided to join one of the largest firms in Tacoma. John was very successful at this new firm and quickly became a partner. However, he always had a dream of opening his own law firm. That dream has now become reality. John is blessed in many ways. He knows his success is intrinsically tied to satisfying his clients needs and expectations. He works hard to make sure every client’s needs are met to their satisfaction. Hard work, honesty, and open communication are the core values of John’s practice.


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Thomas Smith

    I endorse John's work as a lawyer. I've been able to refer people to him with confidence. They have always spoken highly of his assistance.


    Michael Smith Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Russell Andrew Knight

    John is an excellent attorney and asset to the legal community. I worked with him when he served as President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association and confidently refer workers comp and personal injury cases to him.


    Russell Knight Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of John E. Wallace, PLLC

901 South I Street
Suite 201
Tacoma, WA, 98405


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Top 10 Attorney AwardNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2016
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerLaw Office of John E. Wallace, PLLC2015 - Present
ShareholderDavies Pearson, PC2013 - 2015
PartnerRumbaugh Rideout Adkins & Wallace, PLLC2007 - 2012
Associate AttorneyShort Cressman & Burgess, PLLC2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tacoma Public LibraryBoard of Trustees2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
City of Tacoma Human Rights CommissionChair, Commissioner2011 - 2014
MDCBoard of Directors2010 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Little v. King, 147 Wn. App. 883 (2008)Contract rate for post judgment interest applies to unpaid UIM benefits.
Tilton v. The Kroger Co., No. 37917-1-II (2010)Dismissal reversed
Mendoza v. Neudorfer Engineers, Inc., 145 Wn. App. 146 (2008)Reversed the trial court's dismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Association for JusticeWorkers' Compensation Handbook (Chapter Author)2009
Seattle University Law ReviewThe Afterlife of the Meretricious Relationship Doctrine: Applying the Doctrine Post Mortem2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Puget SoundCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
VariousHas been a presenter at seminars on the topic of workers' compensationN/A