John Bjorkman focuses his practice on civil litigation and arbitration, and has tried a wide range of cases in the environmental, hazardous waste, commercial and business-to-business, technology, and public education fields. His recent cases include the ongoing allocation of over $350 million of Superfund cleanup at a multi-party sediment cleanup site, successful resolution of a municipal government’s liability for over $40 million in past and future environmental cleanup claims for PCBs in marine sediments arising out of airport operations and stormwater discharges at two related sites, a constitutional challenge to Washington State’s annual shortfall in special education funding for public school districts, and litigation in Texas state and Bankruptcy court with a national tax shelter promoter. John has successfully arbitrated cases under commercial and international arbitration rules, and prosecuted and defended appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in all Washington state courts.
Before joining the firm, John was a law clerk to the Hon. Walter T. McGovern, Chief U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington in Seattle (1983-85).
- Maintains an A/V rating with Martindale-Hubbell
- Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers List
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013
- Toxic Tort Litigation, Chapter 11 (ABA 2007)
- MTCA Handbook: Cleanup and Litigation under the Washington State Superfund (Classic Day 2004)