John R. Layman

Lawyer at Layman Law Firm
John R. Layman

John has been a partner in the firm since 1983. His practice involves serious personal injury complex litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injuries and spinal/aquatic injuries.

John is active within the Washington State Brain Injury Association and has served as past executive director for the local chapter. John is currently the president of the Foundation Board for Inland Northwest Hospital Service and is past president of the St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Advisory Board of Directors.  He also is a member of the executive committee and Vice Chairman of Banner Bank.  He has received his Aquatic Specialty Certification.

Because of his extensive and diverse experience with brain injuries and his extremely successful representation of its victims, John garners the highest level of respect within the medical community, and has been honored by his peers as one of the State of Washington’s “Super Lawyers”. John also was named as one of Washington’s top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Feel free to review the testimonials of several of John’s peers in the medical community.


Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1983
Juris Doctor
Honors: Cum Laude

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 1980
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1983
  • Idaho
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1984

Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Banner Bank (Vice Chairman, Board of Directors)
  • INHS Foundation (President)
  • Brain Injury Association of Eastern Washington (Past President)
  • St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital (Past President, Advisory Board)
  • Valley Hospital Foundation (Past Board of Directors)
  • Washington State Chiropractic Association (Member)
  • Life Chiropractic College West (Board of Regents)

Honors and Awards

John's Spokane Magazine Plaque


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Million Dollar   AIPIA


  • Annual Guide to Commercial Litigation  Top Lawyer 2011
  • Spokane and Coeur D’Alene Living Top Lawyer, Top 100 Legal Eagles. 2011
  • Best Lawyers Best Attorneys in WA 2012
  • American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America The Best Lawyer in America 1995-2006