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John Janis has used his formidable legal skills on behalf of clients in courtrooms across Idaho. His work in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation has repeatedly helped generate impressive results. Examples include a $7.55 million medical malpractice verdict, a $6.15 million wrongful death jury verdict, a $2.6 million verdict on a federal tort claim, a $2.2 million verdict against the U.S. government, a $2.1 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case, a $1.8 million recovery in a medical malpractice case, and a $900,000 verdict against a developmental center.

The commitment to success shown by those results is also reflected in the black belt he has earned in American Kenpo karate.

Like all his partners, John is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Personal Injury Lawyer. He was acknowledged as 2015 Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers In America and is an American Board of Trial Advocates member.  He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in October 2018.

He has practiced with our firm since 1990. He graduated with honors from the University of Idaho Law School in 1986. He was Executive Editor of the Idaho Law Review in 1985-86. His legal acumen, self-effacing style, and presentation skill has resulted in John being a frequent lecturer for other lawyers on topics relating to civil trial practice. He has served the profession in helping revise the Idaho Jury Instructions, the Idaho Rules of Evidence, and the Rules of Civil Procedure through committee appointments from the Idaho Supreme Court. He is a member and past President of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, and is admitted to practice before the state courts, the federal district court, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. John has also had substantial appellate experience, and been involved in a significant number of reported appellate decisions.

  • University of Idaho (JD 1986 w/honors)

    Idaho Law Review Member 1984-85, Executive Editor 1985-86

  • Kean College of New Jersey (BS 1976)
  • Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year 2015 (Best Lawyers in America)
  • Martindale Hubble AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Listed -The Best Lawyers in America,
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Black Belt, American Kenpo
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2014 – 2015)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Inns of Court
  • American College of Trial Lawyers,
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar
  • Idaho Supreme Court Committees

    Rules of Evidence
    Rules of Civil Procedure
    Idaho Model Jury Instructions

  • National Association for Distinguished Neutrals