John R. Christensen

John’s passion for justice focuses on individuals who have been marginalized, or who have otherwise suffered injuries due to the negligence of others.

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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.

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Noteworthy Results

$3 million recovered for the death of an adult male and severe brain and orthopedic injuries to small child caused by a truck driver’s negligence.
$2.5 million recovered for the death of a man hit and run over by a front end loader on a construction site.
$13 million recovered for the death of a retired couple and injuries to a mother and her child in a car accident caused by a drunk driver who was poorly supervised by the Seattle Municipal Court.
$2.0 million recovered for the wife of a man shot and killed during a home robbery committed by a felon who was inadequately supervised by the Department of Corrections.
$875,000 recovered for the death of a 72 year old man caused from injuries received in a fall during a failed transport in a nursing home
$3.5 million recovered for a man suffering from serious brain injuries following a fall from his bicycle after hitting a poorly maintained monument cover located in a roadway identified as a designated bicycle path.
$2.8 million recovered for a health club member that suffered traumatic brain injury when he nearly drowned in a swimming pool that was not monitored adequately by staff and lifeguards.
$500,000 recovered for a construction worker seriously injured when another company’s negligent workers failed to properly rig lines resulting on a line snapping and striking the worker.

Honors & 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
Super Lawyer,
State of Washington Law and Politics, 2008-2015, 2019

Current & 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