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John has been a partner in the firm since 1983. His practice involves serious personal injury complex litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injuries and spinal/aquatic injuries.


John is active within the Washington State Brain Injury Association and has served as past executive director for the local chapter. John is currently the president of the Foundation Board for Inland Northwest Hospital Service and is past president of the St. Luke's Rehabilitation Advisory Board of Directors.  He also is a member of the executive committee and Vice Chairman of Banner Bank.  He has received his Aquatic Specialty Certification.


Because of his extensive and diverse experience with brain injuries and his extremely successful representation of its victims, John garners the highest level of respect within the medical community, and has been honored by his peers as one of the State of Washington's "Super Lawyers". John also was named as one of Washington's top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Feel free to review the testimonials of several of John's peers in the medical community.


Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 24%
  2. Personal Injury: 24%
  3. Litigation: 24%
  4. Brain Injury: 23%
  5. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brandon Matthew Feldman

    John is a tremendous advocate for his clients. I worked with him on several technical product liability cases and his ability to navigate the complexity of those matters was an asset to the case resulting in a successful outcome. I would trust John with all personal injury cases as his skill and leadership are without question.


    Brandon Feldman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Layman Law Firm, PLLP

601 South Division Street
Spokane, WA, 99202-1335

Layman Law Firm, PLLP

316 Occidental Avenue South
Suite 500
Seattle, WA, 98104

Layman Law Firm, PLLP

1423 N. Government Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID, 83814



IDAuthorized to practice law200308/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2013
Best Attorneys in WashingtonBest Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top LawyerAnnual Guide to Commercial Litigation2011
Best Lawyers in SpokaneSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaThe National Trial Lawyers2010
RecognizedWashington Super Lawyers2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
RecognizedWashington Super Lawyers2009
RecognizedWashington Super Lawyers2008
RecognizedWashington Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLayman Law Firm, PLLP1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Life Chiropractic College WestBoard of Regents2011 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1983 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Brain Injury Association of Eastern WashingtonPast PresidentN/A
St. Luke's Rehabilitation HospitalPast PresidentN/A
Valley Hospital FoundationPast Board of DirectorsN/A
INHS FoundationPresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Traumatic Brain InjuryVerdict for Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
CLE MaterialsThe Unconscious Mind and Traumatic Brain Injury2013
CLE MaterialsThe Financial Crisis: Current Situation and the Legislative Response2007
CLE MaterialsPlaintiff's Personal Injury Practice Tips2006
CLE MaterialsTraumatic Brain Injury2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Washington State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
11th Annual NABIS Legal ConferenceThe Unconscious Mind and Traumatic Brain Injury2013
Washington State Association for JusticeWhat's on the Horizon for Proving Traumatic Brain Injuries2011
Washington State Bar AssociationThe Financial Crisis - Current Situation and the Legislative Response2007
National Business InstitutePlaintiff's Personal Injury Practice Tips2006
Handling The Traumatic Brain Injury CaseTraumatic Brain Injury2006
Brain Injury Association of WashingtonHandling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Direct Examination of Plaintiff's Neuropsychologist2004
Washington State Bar AssociationTort Damages: Objective Evidence is Hard to Come By2002
Brain Injury Association of WashingtonHandling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case: The Chiropractor’s Role2002
Brain Injury Association of WashingtonClosed Head Injuries2000
Brain Injury Association of WashingtonHandling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case Speaker: Identifying and Assembling the Post Concussion Syndrome Case1994
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationCommon Problems with Post-Concussion Syndrome CasesN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationDefense Tactics in Post-Concussion Syndrome CasesN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationHandling the Head InjuryN/A
Spokane County Bar AssociationAll You Need to Know About Head Injury CasesN/A
Brain Injury Association of Washington12th Annual Conference for Attorneys Winning Brain Injury Cases: Legal and MedicalN/A