John R. Connelly , Jr. - Connelly Law Offices

John R. Connelly , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Jack Connelly

John R. (Jack) Connelly has been practicing law in the Puget Sound for over 28 years, entirely in representation of plaintiffs. His practice is rooted in the core values upon which he founded the Connelly Law Offices; Truth, Justice, Accountability and Equal Access. Jack maintains a strong interest in cases which hold government and corporate entities accountable, which emphasize the dignity and value of every human being, and which make a difference in how government officials, and entities, respond to the citizens they are charged with representing. 

Stanford UniversityBA 1978University of California, Hastings College of LawJ.D. 1981
American Bar AssociationWashington State Bar AssociationAmerican Association for JusticeMillion Dollar AdvocatesWashington State Association for JusticeThe American Trial Lawyers AssociationThe Verdict Club - Premier Trial LawyersAmerican Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)Best Lawyers in AmericaDamages Attorneys Roundtable

Case History

Corey v. Pierce County — Employment jury verdict for $3 million against Pierce County Prosecuting Attorneys Office due to wrongful termination and public disparagement.  Jury found actions of prosecutor in going to press and creating false impression that his former chief criminal deputy had stolen funds and was under investigation by Washington State Patrol to be defamatory and outrageous.
Joyce v. Department of Corrections — $22.4 million jury verdict for family of young mother killed by offender who was supposed to have been under supervision by Washington State Department of Corrections.  Offender committed over 100 violations of the terms and conditions of his supervision without State holding him accountable.  Finally killed mother of four young children.
Brown v. City of Seattle — Case against Seattle Fire Department on behalf of widow of firefighter killed as a result of fire department negligence.  Seattle fire department failed to properly warn firefighters of known arson threat, failed to properly prepare for fire, fought fire improperly (including directing firefighters into building on second floor believing that it was the first floor);  $5.6 million jury verdict for widow.
Smith v. OK Boys Ranch — Over $55 million in settlements for adolescent boys severely sexually and physically abused at Washington group home.  Case involved changes in the way group home care is handled within the State of Washington and held State accountable for failure to properly supervise and regulate group home care.
Kenny Salvini v. Ski Lifts Inc. — $31 million verdict (less comp. fault/assump. risk) against Terrain Park due to defective ski jump.  One of first successful cases involving failure of ski resorts and terrain parks to formulate safety standards in construction of ski jump landings. 

Office Location

2301 North 30th Street
Tacoma, WA 98403
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Seattle Metro Area
John R. Connelly, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Brain Injury, Child Abuse, Civil Litigation, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Homes, Premises Liability, Product Liability)

Other Information

Gender: Male