John Coletti

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Portland, OR

Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC
 | 1022 Northwest Marshall, Suite 450
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-226-6361
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

John has received several million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients including a verdict of $13.9 Million against a garbage truck company that traumatically amputated a man's leg, $12.1 Million against the manufacturer of a defective lathe which caused the death of a young man, and a verdict of $5.475 Million against the manufacturer of a defective pain medication pump which destroyed the cartilage in a man’s shoulder.  John’s verdict against the pain pump manufacturer was the first in the country holding the manufacturers of defective pain pumps responsible for their dangerous products.

John is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates (www.innercircle.org). Founded in 1972, The Inner Circle of Advocates is an invitation‑only group of 100 of the best trial lawyers in America who are selected for their character, experience and success in the courtroom.  The Inner Circle of Advocates was described by The Washington Post as, “A select group of 100 of the nation’s most celebrated trial lawyers” and is recognized as one of the most exclusive groups of attorneys in the nation.  Although spread across the country, members work collectively to share experience, skills and knowledge in pursuit of justice.

John is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He was ranked in the Top 10 Oregon Lawyers by Oregon Super Lawyers and in the Top 10 of Portland’s Best Lawyers by Portland Monthly magazine. John was also named Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year 2012-13 and 2014-15 for plaintiff product liability litigation.

John is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates; International Society of Barristers; American Association for Justice; Attorney Information Exchange Group; Oregon Trial Lawyers Association; Washington State Association for Justice; and Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations. John has also served as an adjunct professor of Advanced Trial Advocacy at Lewis and Clark Law School.

John grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in English. John graduated from Willamette University School of Law in 1994 where he served as the associate editor of the Willamette Law Review. John is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington and his practice is limited to representing seriously injured people in cases involving defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice and negligence.

John enjoys spending time with his 2 children and is also an avid triathlete who has completed several Ironman Triathlons and marathons.  John also enjoys fishing and skiing.

John is a member of the Make-A-Wish Oregon Board of Directors and is actively involved in the community as a volunteer wish granter.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About John Coletti

Admitted: 1994, Oregon

Professional Webpage: http://www.paulsoncoletti.com/john-coletti-trial-attorney/

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year - Plaintiff's Product Liability Litigation - Portland, Oregon, 2014
  • Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year - Plaintiff's Product Liability Litigation - Portland, Oregon, 2012
  • Best Lawyer's Lawyer of the Year - Maritime and Admiralty Law - Portland
  • Best Laywers in America
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Listed in Top 10 Oregon Super Lawyers
  • Listed as one of Portland's Best Lawyers in Portland Monthly Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, 2015
  • Member - Inner Circle of Advocates, 2012
  • Washington, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1994
  • Oregon, 1994
  • Member - The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Uniformed Jury Insutrctions Practice and Procedure Committee, Oregon State Bar
  • Uniformed Jury Insutrctions Civil Committee, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Board of Directors, Oregon Law Institute for Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Speaker regarding Opening Statements at OADC CLE., 2015
  • Board Member, Make A Wish, Oregon, 2012
  • Volunteer wish granter with Make A Wish

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Spoke regarding trying Malpractice Cases, Speaker, Basics of Medical Malpractice Cases, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Speaker on Tort Law, Speaker, Learning the Ropes CLE , 2013
  • Presenter, Rules of the Road in Medical Malpractice Cases, AAJ, 2013
  • Speaker  at continuing education seminar regarding appellate considerations for trial lawyers., 2012
  • Speaker regarding effective strategies for the preparation and use of experts at trial., Speaker, Oregon Law Institute, 2012
  • Speaker regarding Closing Arguments at trial., Speaker, Closing Argument, 2011
  • Speaker, Learning the Ropes, Oregon State Bar, 2010
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar, Oregon Trial Advocacy College, 2010
  • Speaker, Tips and Traps for the Civil Litigator, Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School, 2009
  • Contingent Fees, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Speaker, Make or Break Medical Issues in Litigation, Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School, 2008
  • Speaker, Preparing Your Witnesses for Trial, Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School, 2006
  • Damages Handbook 2002 Supplement, Oregon State Bar, 2002
  • Speaker, New Takes on Depositions, Oregon State Bar, 2001
  • Damages Handbook 1995 Supplement, Oregon State Bar, 1995
  • Adjunct Professor, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 2009 - 2012
  • Associate Editor, Willamette Journal of Law, Willamette University College of Law, 1992 - 1994

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $13.9 Million dollar verdict against a garbage company that traumatically amputated a man's leg when striking him in an intersection with their truck., 2016
  • $5.475 Million Jury Verdict ($1.2 Million loss of consortium) Product Liability - Plaintiff suffered postoperative chondrolysis due to the use of a defective pain pump following shoulder surgery., 2010
  • $1,795,227 Jury Verdict McMackin v. Union Pacific Railroad FELA - Plaintiff sustained permanent and disabling shoulder and back injuries in locomotive collision., 2010
  • $12.1 Million Jury Verdict ($8.3 Million Punitive) Estate of Scott Groth v. Hyundai Motor Company, Inc. Product Liability - Lathe operator was struck and killed when a bronze impeller penetrated the defective Hyundai lathe's viewing window and door.  Affirmed on Appeal, 209 OR App. 781 (2006), 2002
  • $3 Million Jury Verdict, Estate of Ray Whitney v. Champion Road Machinery and Western Power & Equipment Product Liability -  Heavy equipment operator was crushed and killed by a defective road grader., 2000
  • $1.4 Million Jury Verdict, Sansone v. Garvey Schubert & Barer Legal Malpractice - Mismanagement of a whitsle-blower claim. Affirmed on Appeal, 188 OrApp 206 (2004), 2000
  • John Coletti has reached numerous settlements in excess of $1 Million, in addition to the listed verdicts.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • John Coletti has participated in and completed several Ironman Triathalons and marathons.

Educational Background:

  • Willamette University College of Law, 1994
  • Unviersity of Washington, B.A., 1991
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Office Location for John Coletti

1022 Northwest Marshall
Suite 450
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: 503-226-6361

 

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Last Updated: 2/14/2018

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