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John David Ferrell

Attorney

2.8   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2017

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017. See details

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Posted by Morrissey | December 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Kind and human-hearted
The only Attorney who took my case and believed me. He went after the opposing party for payment as I was destitute. He fought fair but firmly. May God bless him.
Posted by Rei | October 18, 2013
Excellent
Mr. Ferrell was effective, aggressive and met my needs. He communicated with me during the entire process and never left me in the dark. In addition to his high level of professionalism he was also down to earth. I have since recommended him to my friends.
Posted by Kristofer | October 18, 2013
2 years of fighting ex-wife for divorce with one child and two lawyers, after hiring john Ferrell I was divorced in 90 days!
I am an active duty Staff sergeant stationed at JBLM in Washington. I separated from my ex-wife in 2011. After 2 years of separation pay, hardship, and her not letting me see my 3 year old son I found Mr. Ferrell. After all documents were squared away he helped ensure my divorce 90 days later. In that process he secured the child support amount that I wanted as well as the parenting plan I needed to see my son. I am now divorced and after 2 years of missing my sons life I have now got to Skype with him for the first time. I get my son every summer as well! Mr. Ferrell is very efficient and effective. I would recommend him completely without reservation!
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Posted by Jason | May 25, 2013
Very Knowledgable and Trustworthy Attourney
I was in dire need of a good atourney as I was in a very difficult child custody case against a very good attourney(10 of 10 Avvo rating) that had lasted two years because of my previous attourney. In all of that time I had not seen my son and the opposing party had no plans on letting that happen. Within a phone conversation Mr. Ferrell told me what steps I had to take to get the ball rolling. Within two months the case was over and I was divorced. Within 1 month I was able to see my son again. I highly recommend him as he is very proffesional and
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2014
Unresponsive unprepared
Experience identical to others who had horrible experience. Didn't do what he said he would . l lost custody battle, wasn't prepared at trial doesn't have a staff, can't reach by phone. Goes weeks without contact. Didn't tell me til day of trial when it was happening. Worst professional experience I've ever had, and suspect ever will. .
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2014
Would not recommend
Hired Mr. Ferrell in March 2014 for my sons divorce. I was very impressed during the initial consultation and decided to hire him. Things rapidly declined from there. Trying to get a question answered was close to impossible, he was unresponsive, dragged his feet on important issues and even lost or misplaced a spousal support payment that resulted in a 3 week delay with a court ordered payment. On his good days he was very informative and helpful. Needless to say most of his days were not good ones.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2014
Lacking in Professionalism and Commmunication
When I first contacted John, I beleived he was going to handle my divorce in a prompt matter. I had confidence that he could handle the paperwork needed to handle a very easy uncontested divorce case. We were already on agreeing terms in regards to everything. He was quick to meet with me and accept payment in full. However, as soon as the money reached his hands he has been impossible to work with. He doesn't answer phone calls or emails. His communication skills are that of a minor child. If his work load is too full that he can not answer his clients questions, he should reconsider his work load or hire someone to handle his calls/emails. Sadly, it has been well over the 90 wait period and a simple process is still not complete. I would recommend anyone else who has had issues with John please contact the Washington Bar Association.
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Posted by Molly | July 25, 2014
Do not hire this Lawyer.
I hired John Ferrell through "Divorce Lawyers for Men" for my sons divorce. The last we heard from him was an e-mail with the standard divorce forms saying he was ready to file. Then nothing, after numerous calls, e-mails, and stopping by his office, no word from him for weeks now. Even the organization we hired him through (Divorce Lawyers for men.) haven't heard from him. I would not do any business with this lawyer. I am questioning the organization that recommended him also. It's been 4 days since I have alerted them to this, and they have no clue as to what is going on.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2014
Great at first
John was great at first, he kept me informed of what was going on and was very knowledgeable about my case. An order for spousal support and attorneys fees was upheld and after that it was as if I was no longer a client (although my ex was ordered to pay attorneys fees, which were to be mailed to him for "future services") moving forward he was supposed to file a motion for continued spousal support and failed to do so. I attempted to contact him numerous times by phone and email for over 3 months with no return communication. It wasn't until I sent an email firing him (that I had to follow up with a phone call, an email to his assistant AND a text), that I received a response from him, which was his motion to withdraw. I would NOT recommend him to anyone as he lacked communication and professionalism as well as the fact that its a very real possibility that he will blow you off and leave you to fend for yourself within the court system.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017.

Disbarment issued in WA, 2017
updated on 12/01/2017

This is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the the Washington State Bar to understand the reasons for this disbarment.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • John D. Ferrell, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Command
  • Reserve Judge Advocate
  • 2012 - Present
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Accredited Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Iraq Refugee Assistance Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • Reserve Judge Advocate
  • 2001 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Manette Business Association
  • Secretary
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2012
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2010
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2009
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2008
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2007
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2005
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Regular Meeting of Gig Harbor Rotary
  • Rule of Law in Iraq
  • 2011
  • HHC, 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
  • Military Justice and Administrative Law
  • 2011
  • 170th Infantry Brigade
  • Military Justice
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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John David Ferrell
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017. See details