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John Stephen Kapuza

Personal injury Attorney at Yakima, WA

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR < 1 year
    Washington - WA 27 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State OR
    Acquired 2023
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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John Kapuza is a lawyer and co-founder of Kapuza Lighty, PLLC - Accident Injury Lawyers in Yakima, Washington.  He has been practicing personal injury law in Yakima for well over two decades and has represented injured persons across the state of Washington. John graduated from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992 with a dual major in History and Political Science. He is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated at the top of his class and served on the Scholastic Review Board.

John has earned recognition as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Central Washington. Some of his recent results include: $2.5 million for man suffering orthopedic injuries in a car accident; $2 million for a man suffering a head injury in a forklift accident; $1.2 million for a man who was seriously injured in an industrial explosion; $1 million for a man who suffered a back injury in a rear-end car accident; $865,000 insurance limits settlement for a family injured in a head-on collsion; $600,000 for a woman injured in a van rollover collsion; $500,000 for a woman injured on a defective sidewalk; $350,000 for a man attacked by pit bull dogs; and $300,000 for a man seriously injured in a nursing home.  

John became a member, by invitation only, of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2019 and 2020 he was named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine, a designation awarded to only 5% of lawyers throughout the State of Washington. John is a listed member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 as one of the premier lawyers in Washington state for exemplifying superior qualifications as a trial lawyer. He is also recognized nationally by Martindale-Hubbell with its top mark “AV Preeminent” for outstanding legal ability. John is rated 10 out of 10 “Superb” the highest rating given by AVVO, an independent online lawyer rating system. When he first starting practicing law years ago, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine.

 John 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, 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 and his wife Lisa are active in the United Way of Central Washington. He is a frequent presenter at local Yakima schools encouraging students to pursue careers in the law. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for Yakima’s Capitol Theatre. His wife Lisa, is the development director for the Yakima YWCA.

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Location

Kapuza Lighty, PLLC - Accident Injury Lawyers
3806 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA, 98902

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Guided My Family from Beginning to End
My wife and I contacted John at Abeyta Nelson to assist us after we were involved in auto accident, December 2015. From the initial interview to our final conversation, John and his staff assisted my family in all facets. They were available to answer any question that we had during the process. We were appreciative that they were able to be our representative for all of the insurance or medical bill concerns. Finally, I was very appreciative of John's upfront communication. I would recommend his services if you were in need of a lawyer after an unexpected injury.
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Posted by Robert Shafer | April 12, 2016
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Job Well Done
I hired John to handle my case after feeling pressured by the other insurance company. John and his staff realized I had a case and worked with me through the whole process. Thank You.
Posted by Melissa | March 23, 2016
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Great experience
I hired John Kapuza following an MVA while I was very pregnant. The insurance company of the person at fault was difficult to work with and was refusing to pay for medical expenses and repairs to me vechicle. Hiring Mr. Kapuza made this process much easier and less stressful. I was able to access the medical care I needed and was able to have my vechile fixed quickly. Additionally, he was able to to sucessfully settle my case for the full limits of the insured's policy. I would highlt recommend him as an attorney.
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Posted by Jon | March 14, 2016
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Good communication
John was always in touch with us to keep us informed of any developmentsize in our case. He has helped us before and we thought that he did an excellent job then.
Posted by Judi | December 8, 2015
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Badger
Mr. Kapuza was very kind and understanding. He and his staff went above and beyond in helping me with my claim. His attention to detail was greatly appreciated. I thank him from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by Sonia | November 4, 2015
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Big Thanks!
I have not hired or much less needed an attorney before, but I'm happy I came to Abeyta Nelson. Mr. Kapuza made everything so much easier to understand. And he kept me well informed during every decision. Which was great. Mr. Kapuza and his assistant were a great help in not only to fight for the settlement but to also alleviate the stress I was under, so after I hired them all I needed to do was to recuperate, it was long process, I will admit but with I good end result. I was able to get a settlement and to pay off any and all of my medical bills. Which were many, believe me!Mr. Kapuza was great and so was his assistant. He was able to get me the full amount that was able for me to receive, and also got some of the service providers so waive some of the bills as well. Mr. Kapuza also got me 2 years of paid salary, since I couldn't work due to the injury I had sustained. So all in all I had a great experience with Abeyta Nelson especially with Mr. Kapuza. I was also expecting a much less amount in my settlement then what I ended up receiving, which was awesome. I would recommend Mr. John Kapuza and Abeyta Nelson for your legal need.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2014
Thankful for John Kapuza & his team!
I am very pleased with the service I received from Mr. Kapuza and his legal assistant, Mrs. Bacon. These two individuals represent a very well known law firm that I would highly recommend to anyone. They are very professional and do work hard for you. I appreciate all you did! God bless :) MCG
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Cost

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  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer/Co-Owner
  • Kapuza Lighty, PLLC - Accident Injury Lawyers
  • 2018 - Present
  • Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator for Yakima County Mandatory Arbitration Program at Yakima County Superior Court
  • 2003 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Abeyta Nelson Injury Law P.C.
  • 1996 - 2017

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude, Top 15% of Class
  • 1995
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 2015 Industrial Explosion Case
  • Injured Plaintif awarded $1.2 Million Dollars
  • 2017 Motor Vehicle Collsion
  • Injured Plaintiff awarded $2.5 million Dollars
  • 2016 Nursing Home Negligence
  • Injured Plaintiff awarded $300,000
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Associations

  • Capitol Theatre
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Yakima County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Red Cross, Yakima Chapter
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors, Chair, Yakima County Tort Roundtable
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • 2000 - 2001
  • John Gavin Inn of Court
  • Secretary
  • 1997 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Washigton Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2016
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Listed Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Paralegal Seminar
  • Subrogation & Liens - A Basic Overview
  • 2009

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Car accident Attorney | Jun 15
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"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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