John B. Stauffer

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

  • California

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


John Stauffer’s practice involves an extensive array of insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, financial services and real estate litigation. Previously, John primarily represented insureds and insurance companies in both pre-litigation and through the litigation process.  He has experience defending third- and first-party actions including personal injury, automotive and commercial liability, premises liability, dram-shop liability, landlord-tenant disputes, fire loss, in addition to professional liability for real estate transactions and director and officer’s claims.  His past experience also includes corporate entity formation, non-profit transactional work, and criminal defense.  John has argued before various trial courts, the Washington State Court of Appeals, and is also experienced in UM/UIM arbitrations, third party arbitrations, and settlements of minors’ claims.

John is a member of the State Bar of California and Washington State Bar and is also admitted to practice in United States District Courts in Washington and California. He graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego, 2014) and earned an A.B. in Economics from U.C. Davis (magna cum laude, 2008). In law school, John worked in the law library and financial industry (commercial collections and debt resolution) and was an active member in the Moot Court Honor Society (Jessup International Moot Court Competition, Pacific Regional Quarter-Finalist 2014), the Public Interest Law Foundation, and the Small Claims Clinic.  He clerked for the San Joaquin County Office of the Public Defender (2012), was a certified law student practicing in the Small Business Law Center (2013) and conducted small claims court mediations.   

Before joining DKM Law Group, John gained vital litigation and insurance defense experience in Seattle and throughout Western Washington. John is a sixth generation Northern Californian and has lived in Washington State since 2015.

He is a member of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers and enjoys the outdoors, fitness, poker, and baseball.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage and Insurance Bad Faith Issues

  • Business Litigation

  • Financial and Banking Litigation

  • Contract Disputes

  • Business and Real Estate


Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California

  • J.D. - 2014

University of California, Davis, Davis, California

  • A.B., magna cum laude - 2008

  • Major: Economics