John L. Messina Personal Injury Attorney

John Messina

Early in his career, John L. Messina won the biggest personal injury verdict in Washington State history. That record stood for numerous years. He has been practicing law for over 45 years and is known by peers and clients alike for his excellent reputation, diligence, and passion for justice.

John has won hundreds of settlements and verdicts involving negligence by Department of Corrections, Social and Health Services and the Department of Transportation, among other government agencies. Also against product designers, manufacturers and contractors. His representation also includes many ordinary citizens injured by negligent driving and medical malpractice. He brings dedication and compassion to every case and is committed to helping clients cope with the devastating injuries they have suffered.

Aside from his legal work, John is also extremely active in his community. He serves on the committee of the Washington State Supreme Court that writes standardized trial jury instructions and has served on the boards of the Gonzaga Law School, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now called the Washington State Association for Justice) and the Washington Sons of Italy. He helped write changes to the Tacoma City Charter and authored the provisions regarding election of the council by districts and term limits. Recently he joined the Tacoma Athletic Commission.

Attorney John Messina has practiced personal injury law for most of his career. Having obtained record-setting results for clients over more than four decades, John has an established reputation for tenacious advocacy.

Accomplishments, Honors, and Organizations:

  • Graduated first in his class at Gonzaga Law School.
  • Numerous articles published in the Gonzaga Law Review.
  • Recognized by peers as one of the 100 best trial lawyers in Washington State.
  • In 1979 was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington State Association for Justice.
  • Highest rating for over 25 years from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Law and Politics “Super Lawyer” since 1998.
  • Member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 500 nationally.
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
  • 100 Best Trial Lawyers in Washington State.
  • Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1998.
  • Served on the committee of Washington State Supreme Court that writes standardized trial jury instructions.
  • Best Attorney in the South Sound for 2014 as voted by South Sound Magazine readers.
  • Named one of the Nation’s top 1% of lawyers in the USA by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.