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Ours is one of the few countries in the world where a jury of ordinary citizens can decide complex issues of guilt, civil liability and damages. As a trial lawyer, my job is to reduce those complexities to simple concepts and themes, convincing the jurors that my client should prevail.

Wilson, John D., Jr. - Founding Member, Retired

John Wilson was a trial lawyer with a broad practice representing businesses and individuals in all types of cases involving commercial and trust disputes, insurance coverage, intellectual property, product liability, and class actions in state and federal courts and in arbitrations in Washington and other jurisdictions around the country.

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  • University of Michigan Law School – J.D., 1972
  • University of Detroit – B.A. in History, summa cum laude, 1967 

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington 

Notable Results

Lead counsel representing the owners of the Intalco aluminum reduction plant against the claims of 26 workers alleging that their workplace exposure caused a newly described neurodegenerative disease. After a two-month trial of medical causation issues, the case was very favorably settled. Foss et al. v. Alumax, Inc, et al.

Lead counsel for an engineering firm in several related state and federal actions arising from its design and management of a $100 million electrical transmission and distribution system throughout the eastside of Cleveland. Achieved a very successful settlement of the City’s $30 million damage claims.

Lead counsel defending an engineering firm against the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's $30 million damage claim arising from the design of an electrical co-generation plant to power the sewage treatment facility in Boston Harbor. Successfully arbitrated and settled. 

Lead counsel defending the James Allen Hendrix Estate and Trust against a will contest and breach of trust claims. In Re Revocable Living Trust and Estate of James Allen Hendrix.

Lead counsel representing Experience Hendrix in trademark infringement cases in which the court permanently enjoined the defendants’ infringing uses of Jimi Hendrix marks and awarded a multi-million judgment. Experience Hendrix LLC et al. v. Electric Hendrix LLC et al.

Lead counsel representing Israeli Aircraft Industries in trial of a multi-million dollar claim arising from the crash of a Westwind jet aircraft that resulted in a defense verdict. Lahaye v. Israeli Aircraft Industries, et al.

Special Attorney General representing University of Washington in a class action lawsuit by subjects in a consensual medical study alleging a failure to disclose health risks which, after extensive discovery and motion practice, was very favorably settled. White, et al. v. University of Washington et al.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    Washington State Chairman 2011 – 2013
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
    Litigation Section, Executive Committee 1986 - 1989
    Judicial Recommendation Committee 1997 - 2000
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Regional Faculty
  • Swedish Health Services, Institutional Review Board

Personal Interests and Activities

Tennis, golf, fly fishing and skiing.