John R. "Jack" Connelly, Jr.

John R. "Jack" Connelly, Jr.

Connelly Law Offices

Recognized since 2007

Tacoma, Washington

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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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.


  • 2301 North 30th Street
    Tacoma, WA 98403


  • English


  • Stanford University , graduated 1978


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Washington State Bar Association - Member
  • American Association for Justice - Member
  • Million/Multi-Million Dollar Advocates - Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice - Past President
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • The Verdict Club - Premier Trial Lawyers - Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Member
  • Best Lawyers in America - Selected Member
  • Damages Attorneys Roundtable - Member

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Connelly Law Offices
Headquarters: Tacoma, Washington

4 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

Best Law Firms Badge
Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Seattle (2018)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Seattle (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Brain Injury
  • Child Abuse
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability


  • WSAJ 2000 Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • WSAJ (WSTLA) Past President
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Ass'n Board of Trustees
  • Law & Politics Top 100 Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Superlawyer
  • Board of Directors WSAJ 1995-07
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • ABOTA 2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year

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.

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