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.