John Kapuza graduated from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992 with a dual major in Political Science and History, receiving the Outstanding Student Award for Political Science. He is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated in the top 15% of his class and served on the Scholastic Review Board. John also received the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law.
In 2015, John recovered over $1 million for a Yakima man who was seriously injured in an industrial explosion. Also in 2015, John became a member, by invitation, of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
In 2014, John became a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 as one of the premier attorneys across the country for exemplifying superior qualifications as a civil plaintiff trial lawyer. In 2013, he was recognized nationally by Martindale-Hubbell with its top mark, an "AV Preeminent" rating, for outstanding legal ability and ethical standards. John was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2008 and 2007. John is also rated "Superb" by AVVO, an independent online lawyer rating system.
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 has been active in the United Way of Central Washington, the Yakima Chapter of the American Red Cross, and is a frequent presenter at local Yakima schools encouraging students to pursue careers in the law. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Yakima’s Capitol Theatre.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Partner||Abeyta Nelson Injury Law P.C.||1996 - Present|
|Arbitrator||Arbitrator for Yakima County Mandatory Arbitration Program at Yakima County Superior Court||2003 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||2002 - Present|
|United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington||Member||2002 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|Yakima County 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|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude, Top 15% of Class||1995|
|State University of New York at Buffalo||Political Science/History||Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Annual Paralegal Seminar||Subrogation & Liens - A Basic Overview||2009|