John E. Zehnder, Jr.

John E. Zehnder Jr.

Tacoma, Washington

Mr. Zehnder has an insurance defense and insurance coverage practice in Washington and Oregon.  His litigation practice is primarily focused on the following areas: professional liability (including architecture, engineering, inspection, real estate and title company, insurance agent/broker/adjuster, health care, finance and investment), construction and construction defect (including commercial/multifamily/residential developments and public works), insurance coverage, environmental products liability, premises liability, personal injury/wrongful death, trucking/automobile, municipal/school liability (including civil rights), corporate/D&O, employment, property loss, land use, business and commercial litigation, contract disputes, and appeals in all the foregoing areas.

Mr. Zehnder is admitted in both the Federal District and State Courts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has successfully tried numerous jury trials to verdict and has handled countless bench trials, dispositive motions, depositions and mediations.

Mr. Zehnder has spoken to various insurance companies, TPA's, business and trade groups, and associations on a range of topics including construction defect litigation, professional liability, insurance, bad faith and the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, initial claims handling, consent judgments, premises liability, social media liability, employment, negotiation strategies, torts and tort damages, joint and several liability, indemnity, personal injury and wrongful death, and use of mock juries and focus groups in high exposure cases.

Mr. Zehnder is a member of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association (WDTL) and the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC).  He is a member of the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California State Bars.  Mr. Zehnder received his Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he earned Cum Laude, Order of the Coif and Thurston Society honors.  He completed his undergraduate study in 1988 at the University of Washington, where he earned a B.A. degree, with honors, in Political Science.


On the personal side, Mr. Zehnder was born and raised in the State of Washington.  He is married and has three daughters.  When he is not working or enjoying quality time with his family, his hobbies include U.W. Husky football, playing the guitar, off-roading in his jeep, RV camping, hunting and target shooting.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Tort/Insurance Defense and Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1991
  • University of Washington
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association