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William J. Flynn JR

Personal injury Attorney at Kennewick, WA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1980
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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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Flynn Merriman McKennon, P.S.
8203 W. Quinault Ave, Suite 600
Quinault Point
Kennewick, WA, 99336

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Posted by Jen | January 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Gods send
Mr. Flynn came into my life back in October 2013. He helped my husband&i during 1 of the hardest and WORST TIMES IN OUR LIVES. He treated us like family not like clients. Jay made sure my children never went w/ husband got the care he needed; due to Jays persistence. I can honestly say I would never let any other attorney represent my family or myself ever again. Jay Flynn is and will be MY attorney forever. you need to look no further, if you're looking for a PHENOMENAL,HONEST,DEDICATED legal representation you have found the him. Jay always kept us informed, included us in the entire case. He Definitely made this part of our lives much more pleasurable(and it wasnt something u want to go through ever) and to be honest i never thought we'd get through this ordeal but we did because of the exceptional work from Jay Flynn..... you won't be disappointed!!!..i PROMISE JENNIFER Dale' OLINGER
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Posted by David | January 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Jay Flynn
Jay is a great man and lawyer. He, and his partner Kristi McKennon represented me after I was in an accident at work, causing me to lose my right leg. Over the two years, Jay and I would talk regularly about my case, but also how my family and I were. He was always concerned about our well being and made me feel like we were not only his clients, but his friends. Jay always made sure that whatever I needed to have done, whether it was traveling for appointments, changes to my prostethic, or anything pertaining to my case/well being was done. It was done correctly and compassionately. Jay always made sure that I was always prepared before testifying, or giving my deposition, and I would recommend him, and Kristi to anyone needing legal help with personal injury
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Posted by Dana Widrig | July 20, 2013
Jay Flynn - by Dana
Jay has been my rock and a bright light in my life for many years. Since I've been working with Jay and his law partner Kristi Mckennon, my life has become such an amusing occasion in every way. I really recommend you get to know Jay if you have the time. Totally worth it! I was the victim of a home invasion where I was brutally beaten, raped, and left for dead. The maintenance man at the complex where I lived was a DNA match, as well as having a mountain of evidence against him, and was charged with the crime. I did not attend the trial except to testify as I was still recovering from this horrific incident and trying to cope with the physical and mental consequences in the aftermath. During the criminal trial, detailed facts were revealed that all duplicate keys to the resident’s dwellings were not secured by the management and that obtaining the duplicate key to my apartment was indeed how that man gained access to my home. One of my doctors had previously recommended Jay Flynn to me should I ever decide to move forward with a civil case against the complex. I’m summarizing this backstory as a preview of my experience with, and to emphasize the extent of compassion and trust, distinctive motivation to excellence, and life’s value and worth when a job is well done. I was an incredibly fortunate witness to how easily Jay Flynn and his law partner Kristina Mckennon brought these positive aspects back into my life after such a tragic event. When I heard news from the criminal trial that the duplicate keys to every person’s apartment home in that complex were not secured in any way (256 units), and the owners and management felt duplicate key security was insignificant under the circumstances, I made up my mind to change that. I could not live with the fact that such a horrific event could happen to someone else because of such a serious, yet easily solved problem, such as security of duplicate apartment keys. So I contacted Jay Flynn while the jury was still in deliberation during the criminal trial. The outcome of the criminal trial was in favor of the prosecution and the convicted criminal now serves 24 ½ years to life in prison. The civil case is now resolved also. And with Kristi Mckennon as the lead, teamed with Jay Flynn and myself, sponsored by Representative Gael Tarleton, ESHB1647 was signed into law in Washington State on April 26, 2013. This law bridges the gap in Washington State law regarding security of duplicate keys in residential rental dwellings.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2007
Real Estate Broker
Handled 3 cases for us in the last 10 years. Very satisfied. Have referred others.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2007
Jay is an excellent lawyer, he has so much experience and is witty and stands his ground to win a case. highly recommend!


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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Flynn Merriman, P.S.
  • 1986 - Present


  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • J.D
  • 1980
  • University of Puget Sound
  • B.A.
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Stading v. Moon Security
  • Plainitff's Verdict $275,000
  • Herrera-Garcia v. Tomlinson
  • Mediated Settlement for $750,000
  • Coleman v. Mutual of Enumclaw
  • Plaintiff's Verdict for $490,000
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  • Kennewick High School Mock Trial Team
  • Coach
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Benton Franklin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tri City Round Table Chair
  • N/A
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co-Chair Luvera Seminar
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice President East
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 1991 - 1995
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2003
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2002
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • 2000
  • AV Rated
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hot Topics For the Plaintiff Lawyer in Oregon And Washington
  • Winning in George Bush Country: An Analysis of the Keys to Successful Verdicts in Four Jury Trials Against Allstate
  • 2007
  • Auto Cases: A Crash Course
  • Just the Facts Ma'am: Dealing With Hostile Witnesses
  • 2007
  • Auto Cases: The Road to Success
  • Effective Voir Dire in a Tort Reform Anti-Plaintiff Environment:Innovative Approaches to General Damages
  • 2004
  • How to Hammer Farmers and Other Allstate Clones
  • When Farmers Calls the Shots: Ethical Considerations from the WDTL
  • 2003
  • The Luvera Seminar
  • The Independent Medical Examiner
  • 2001
  • Luvera CLE--WSTLA Convention
  • Five Important Issues Affecting Every Lawyer
  • 1998
  • Soft Tissue Insury Cases CLE
  • Maximing Your Client's Recovery
  • 1996
  • Auto Cases
  • Jury Strategies in Auto Cases
  • 1996
  • 12th Annual Luvera Seminar
  • A New View on the Trials of a P.I. Lawyer
  • 1996
  • Insurance Law Seminar
  • Problems with Group Medical Insurance: What Do You Mean I Have to Pay That Back!
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I whole-heartedly endorse Jay Flynn - ethical, hard working, and well respected."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Amazing trial attorney with years of experience. "
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Kennewick Personal injury Lawyer William J. Flynn JR
William J. Flynn JR
Personal injury Attorney
Kennewick, WA
Licensed for 43 years