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John Louis Messina

About me

Early in his career, founding
partner John L. Messina won the biggest personal injury verdict in the history
of the state of Washington, a record that stood for a number of years. He has
been in practice for more than 40 years and is recognized by his peers as
one of the 100 best trial lawyers in Washington state.

John graduated first in his
class at Gonzaga Law School. For more than 25 years, he has received the
highest rating possible by Martindale Hubbell, the national legal publication
that rates performance and ethics. He is a Washington Law and Politics “Super
” and holds the prestigious national certification of Civil
Trial Specialist from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member
of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to
500 trial lawyers nationally.  Since 1988, John has also held the
distinction of being certified in Civil Trial Advocacy.

John has won hundreds of cases
involving negligence by government agencies, product manufacturers and
contractors, and has represented many ordinary citizens injured by negligent
driving and medical care. He brings passion and concern to every case and is
committed to helping clients cope with the devastating injuries they have

In addition to his legal
activities, John is extremely active in the greater community. He serves on the
committee of the Washington State Supreme Court that writes standardized trial
jury instructions and has served on the boards of the Gonzaga Law School, the
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and the Washington Sons of Italy. He
helped write changes to the Tacoma City Charter and authored the provisions
regarding election of the council by districts and term limits.





Languages spoken: Italian

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%



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  • Michael S. Waddington

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    I endorse this lawyer. A great reputation for fighting for the injured.


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Contact info

John Messina - Personal Injury Attorney

10009 59th Ave SW
Tacoma, WA, 98499


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
SuperLawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Washington StateTrial Lawyer of the YearWashington State Trial Lawyers Association1979
Highest Possible Peer RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderMessina Bulzomi Christensen1986 - Present
AttorneyManza Moceri Gustafson Messina1969 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1996 - Present
Damage Attorney Round TableMember1989 - Present
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow1989 - Present
International Society of BarristersMember1988 - Present
MensaMember1975 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationSecretary/Treasurer (73-74)1970 - Present
Roscoe Pound FoundationN/AN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCivil Trial AdvocateN/A
International Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Eagle International AssociatesMemberN/A
National College of AdvocacyFaculty Member1982 - 1988
Board of GovernorsMember1976 - 1978
Gonzaga Law ReviewEditor in Chief1968 - 1969
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mortimer v. Puget Power$3+million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Association for JusticeEvidentiary Doctrines in Product Liability2008
Trial MagazinePotholes, Ruts & Shoulder Dropoffs: A Story of Poor Highway Maintenance1991
Trial NewsAutomobile Litigation & Evidence1990
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)The Human Factors Expert in Tort Litigation1984
Highway Design LiabilityAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America1983
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)This Is A Generic Article (the Story of DES)1983
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)Automobile Crashworthiness1983
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)Toys That Kill1983
Trial MagazineThe Human Factors Expert and Contributory Fault1982
Gonzaga Law ReviewThe Collateral Source Rule in Personal Injury Litigation1972
Gonzaga Law ReviewHabeas Corpus and the State Prisoner1968
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
University of Puget SoundN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1961
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationBeyond the Crash: Where to Look When Available Auto Insurance is Woefully Inadequate2011
Continuing Legal EducationPlaintiff’s Final Argument2010
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Annual ConventionBeyond the Crash2009
Continuing Legal EducationDepartment of Corrections and Department of Transportation Liability2009