John C. Versnel, III

Shareholder
Phone:206.621.3485
Fax:206.624.5944
Email:jcv@leesmart.com

Areas of Focus


Complex Litigation,
Employment Law,
Healthcare Malpractice,
Healthcare Regulatory & Compliance,
Lawyer Discipline Defense,
Legal Malpractice,
Premises Liability,
Product Liability,
Professional Liability,
Real Estate Malpractice,
Risk Prevention Analysis.

Overview


John’s practice focuses on the representation of professionals, including attorneys, healthcare providers, clinics and pharmacies in malpractice actions, licensing/disciplinary matters, employment liability, and practice transactions and related disputes. He has also successfully defended personal injury, property damage, product liability and toxic tort claims. John is a frequent speaker at risk management seminars and continuing education courses.

Experience


John’s experience includes these notable cases:

  • Harbin v. OMS – Defense verdict after jury trial in which plaintiffs were claiming a foreign object was left in the left maxillary sinus during the extraction of the upper left third molar. Plaintiffs’ damages included chronic sinusitis, loss of smell with decreased taste and increased respiratory sensitivity. Plaintiffs had asked the jury for an award of $572,000.
  • Melland v. Clinic – Defense verdict in Federal Court where the plaintiff claimed wrongful withholding of wages and wrongful/retaliatory termination. At mediation, plaintiff demanded $1,000,000.
  • DQAC v. DDS – Reversal by the Court of Appeals of a Dental Quality Assurance Commission Order following a three-day hearing that found the dentist engaged in unprofessional conduct, which resulted in a suspension of the dentist’s license. The dentist’s license was reinstated and his record was cleared of all wrongdoing.

Education


Seattle University School of Law, J.D. 1987

University of Washington, BA 1983

Admissions


Washington State Bar

U.S District Court, Eastern District of Washington

U.S District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations


Washington State Bar Association

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Washington Healthcare Risk Management Society

Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Defense Research Institute