John Christensen earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Puget Sound School Of Law in 1989, graduating cum laude. He received two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Utah in 1985 and 1986.
With more than 28 years of experience practicing law, John has a wealth of knowledge in the legal industry. He served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington from 1989-1994, representing various agencies within the Department of Corrections and Department of Labor and Industries. John has also served on the Tacoma Pierce County Board of Trustees and as the Chairman of the Judicial Qualifications Committee and the Judicial Evaluation Committee. At the state level, John has served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and is a prestigious Double Eagle member with the Washington State Association for Justice where he provides strategic advice to other attorneys on complex personal injury cases.
Throughout his career, John has received many awards to recognize his excellence in the legal community. John was elected President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association in 2015, starting a three-year term of service. He also received the “Outstanding Service Award” from the bar in 2012. In addition to his work with the local bar, John was selected as one of Washington’s Top 40 Personal Injury attorneys by his peer. John was also chosen as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyer, one of Washington’s “Super Lawyers”, and is a member of the Million Dollars Advocates Forum.
John’s successes include several multimillion dollar settlements in cases involving medical negligence, government supervision, highway design, dramshop liability and severe motor vehicle collisions. More recently, John was involved in a $4.2 million bicycle crash case, $3.5 million construction site case and $2.8 million swimming pool near drowning case.
Outside of his legal practice, John is a black belt in Taekwondo and competes in full contact Olympic sparring on the State and National levels. He has won national titles in sparring and forms in 2012 and 2013 as well as several State titles. John is also an avid collector and player of vintage guitars. John is married to Penny Allen, Senior Counsel with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, and they have two children.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Outstanding Service Award
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, 2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyer
The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
Washington’s Top 40 Personal Injury Attorneys
State of Washington Law and Politics, 2008
State of Washington Law and Politics, 2008-2015, 2019
CURRENT AND PAST PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, President, 2015
Judicial Qualifications Committee, Chairman and Board Trustee, 2008 – Present
Judicial Evaluation Committee, Chairman and Board Trustee, 2012
Washington State Association for Justice, Double Eagle Member, 2008 – Present
National Million Dollars Advocates Forum, Member
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member, 2010