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Jay sincere compassion for people is evident from the moment you meet him. For 27 years, Jay has successfully represented injured people in the Tri-Cities and he has won many successful verdicts and settlements. His efforts on behalf of those clients were acknowledged in 2000, when the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association recognized him as Trial Attorney of the Year. In the 18 years that the Award has been given, Jay is the only attorney from Southeastern Washington to receive it.


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  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    36 years



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Flynn Merriman McKennon, P.S.

8203 W. Quinault Ave, Suite 600
Quinault Point
Kennewick, WA, 99336


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerN/A2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Trial Lawyer of the YearN/A2000
AV RatedN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFlynn Merriman, P.S.1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kennewick High School Mock Trial TeamCoach2003 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Benton Franklin County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationTri City Round Table ChairN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-Chair Luvera Seminar2007 - 2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President East2006 - 2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1991 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Stading v. Moon SecurityPlainitff's Verdict $275,000
Herrera-Garcia v. TomlinsonMediated Settlement for $750,000
Coleman v. Mutual of EnumclawPlaintiff's Verdict for $490,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bar NewsProud to be a Lawyer2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJ.D1980
University of Puget SoundEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hot Topics For the Plaintiff Lawyer in Oregon And WashingtonWinning in George Bush Country: An Analysis of the Keys to Successful Verdicts in Four Jury Trials Against Allstate2007
Auto Cases: A Crash CourseJust the Facts Ma'am: Dealing With Hostile Witnesses2007
Auto Cases: The Road to SuccessEffective Voir Dire in a Tort Reform Anti-Plaintiff Environment:Innovative Approaches to General Damages2004
How to Hammer Farmers and Other Allstate ClonesWhen Farmers Calls the Shots: Ethical Considerations from the WDTL2003
The Luvera SeminarThe Independent Medical Examiner2001
Luvera CLE--WSTLA ConventionFive Important Issues Affecting Every Lawyer1998
Soft Tissue Insury Cases CLEMaximing Your Client's Recovery1996
Auto CasesJury Strategies in Auto Cases1996
12th Annual Luvera SeminarA New View on the Trials of a P.I. Lawyer1996
Insurance Law SeminarProblems with Group Medical Insurance: What Do You Mean I Have to Pay That Back!1995