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J.J. Hutson

Senior Counsel

(206) 695-5131
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701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104


J.D., The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1986

  • Certificate of Merit, Writing & Advocacy Program

B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Political Science, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1982

John “J.J.” Hutson is Senior Counsel in the Seattle office of Gordon & Rees and is a member of the Product & General Liability practice group. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Hutson was a senior trial attorney for a number of years in the Seattle in-house legal departments of several insurance companies, providing legal defense for insureds in variety of claims in all courts in Washington State. Mr. Hutson’s practice involved a variety of high risk and complex claims, including construction site personal injuries, fire loss, commercial premises liability, and commercial motor vehicle accidents. Prior to joining the Seattle staff counsel operations of various insurance companies, Mr. Hutson was in private practice, where his litigation defense practice focused on maritime Jones Act personal injury, asbestos personal injury, products liability, and health care malpractice.

Throughout his legal career, J.J. has taken pride in his ability to fairly and fully evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of his client’s cases, and to ethically resolve cases while always keeping his client’s best interests paramount. Depending on the case, that could mean obtaining summary dismissal of the claims, a favorable jury verdict after trial, or reaching a fair settlement at mediation prior to trial.


U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Washington State Bar Association
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association