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John A. Rosendahl

John’s primary practice involves representing hospitals, physicians and health systems in medical malpractice cases, including the University of Washington Medical Center, MultiCare Health System, and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. He also assists physicians with Medical Quality Assurance Commission matters and other health care providers with disciplinary actions involving the various Department of Health regulatory agencies. He is experienced in the other areas of healthcare law, as well as in personal injury, commercial contract litigation, wrongful termination and employment discrimination, products liability and general liability claims.


  • ‍Medical Professional Liability Defense
  • Licensing and Disciplinary Actions
  • Civil/Business Litigation
  • Products Liability

Representative Cases

  • ‍Worked with the Washington State Medical Association and the Tort Reform Coalition (including testimony before the legislature) on tort reform legislation in the State of Washington.
  • Litigation relating to the sale of medical practices and the departure of members from the practice


  • Seattle University School of Law, JD, 1979, with honors
    - American Jurisprudence Award for Corporations
    - American Jurisprudence Award of Constitutional Law
  • Harvard University, BA, 1973, with honors 

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State
  • United States District Court - Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California (Pro Hac Vice)

Professional Experience

  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Of Counsel, Present
  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Principal/Owner, 2015 - 2017
  • Williams Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC, Member, 1987 – 2015
  • Williams Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC, Associate, 1981 - 1987
  • Evergreen Legal Services, Staff Attorney, 1979 – 1981
  • Evergreen Legal Services, Paralegal and Legal Intern, 1975 - 1979

Professional Memberships

  • ‍Washington State Bar Association
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Treasurer Kitsap Health Planning Council, 1981
  • Kitsap County Bar Association, 1979 - 1981
  • Washington Legal Assistants Association
    - Member, Founding Board of Directors,1975-1976

Publications & Presentations

John has presented at meetings and seminars sponsored by a wide range of organizations. Some of these include the American Hospital Association, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Neuro-radiologists, Washington Osteopathic Association, Washington Health Care Risk Management Society, Washington Regional Perinatal Care Program, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Washington Organization of Nurse Executives, and a number of local medical societies. He has also testified before various committees of the Washington State Legislature on tort reform issues.

Honors & Awards

  • ‍Named a Super Lawyer by Washington Super Lawyers every year since 2002

Community Involvement

  • Tacoma Pierce County Junior Soccer Association
    - Past President
  • F.C. United Premier Soccer Club
    - Past Vice-President
  • Peninsula Soccer Club
    - Past President
John A. Rosendahl