The third of 16 children, John Ladenburg was born in Leavenworth, WA and graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University. John married his wife, Connie, 50 years ago. They have five grown children and eleven grandchildren. John is admitted to the United State Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Courts for Western and Eastern Washington, the Washington Supreme Court and all Washington courts and the Puyallup and Nisqually Tribal Courts. John has been a member of the trial lawyers association for over 45 years.
Prior to elected office, John spent a decade managing his own law firm, representing crime victims and small business clients. He was also involved in several high-profile cases ranging from the federal Salmon-scam cases, to the Pierce County Racketeering trials. John represented tribal members in Washington and Oregon attempting to recover their treaty fishing rights, becoming a well-known trial lawyer. John was appointed regularly to represent defendants in murder, rape, and death penalty cases.
John’s combination of skills as a trial lawyer, negotiator, agency head, economic development executive and his far-reaching contacts in the government and business community make him invaluable in complex negotiations and settlements.