John Moore

shareholder | seattle | LICENSED IN Washington

“I pride myself on aggressively holding plaintiffs to their burden of proof, and communicating regularly with clients and adjusters.”

A meticulous approach from beginning to end

John Moore graduated from the George Washington University Law School with honors in 2012. Since he joined Davis Rothwell, he obtained summary judgment of a retailer in a product liability action and dismissal of subcontractors in construction-related accidents. He enjoys aggressively defending against complaints when liability is questionable, and swiftly settling cases for a reasonable amount when liability is adverse.

Before joining the firm, John worked as a claims reviewer for the Garden City Group and as an inner-city teacher through the Teach for America program. During law school, John took externships with judges in King County Superior Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

John investigates the facts thoroughly at the beginning of a case to avoid surprises later on. Clients and carriers thank him most for providing them with a thorough analysis and complete understanding of the facts so they may make informed decisions.

Outside of work, John enjoys dining out with his wife, rooting for the Seattle Seahawks, and playing lawn sports such as bocce ball and ladder golf.


  • The George Washington University Law School – J.D., with honors, 2012
  • University of Puget Sound – B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Honors in History, 2005

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Washington State Bar, 2012
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington, 2016
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2016

Representative Cases

  • Obtained favorable award that was more than $200,000 lower than claimant’s last demand at a virtual UIM arbitration.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a property line dispute after a four-day bench trial in Thurston County.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a construction defect lawsuit with $1 million in damages claimed based on the statute of limitations. Plaintiff did not appeal.
  • Defended a driver in an admitted-liability motor vehicle accident in which plaintiff claimed nearly $20,000 in medical specials for soft-tissue injuries.  Obtained a $10,000 award at mandatory arbitration.
  • Defended a retailer in a product liability action. Summary judgment was granted and affirmed on appeal.
  • Defended subcontractors against claims for personal injury.  Summary judgment was granted.
  • Defended premises-owner against claims for personal injury.  Obtained favorable award at mandatory arbitration.

Notable Trial & Appellate Victories

  • Palmer v. Rainbow Factory Showroom, LLC, 2015 Wash. App. LEXIS 1700 (Wash. Ct. App. July 27, 2015) (product liability)