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John L. Acken


Tacoma Office
1420 South Union Avenue,
Tacoma, WA 98405



John Louis Acken is a Partner in the South Sound offices of GLP Attorneys and has been exclusively representing victims of personal injury for nearly 25 years. 

Professional Overview

During his 25-year career as a Plaintiff’s Attorney, John has successfully recovered over $67,000,000 in jury verdicts and settlements for his clients. Prior to joining GLP Attorneys in 2015, John practiced personal injury law as a partner at the law firm of Howell & Thornhill, P.A. in Winter Haven, Florida.

John graduated from the University of Florida and earned his Juris Doctorate with Honors from Drake University Law School. While in law school, he was a member of Law Review and the National Mock Trial Team. He began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender for the 10th Judicial Circuit in Polk County, Florida, where he served as a Felony Trial Division Chief Attorney.

John is admitted to practice in the states of Washington, Florida, Maine, and New Hampshire. Since 2008, he has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an Expert in Civil Trial Law, which is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar regarding an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, proficiency, professionalism, character, and ethics in Civil Trial practice.

John remains active in the local community and has been a member of Rotary International over 22 years. He is a past Member of the Board of Directors for the Haines City Rotary Club and is a current member of the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club.

Awards & Recognition

Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum Badge

More Information

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 2008 – Present
  • BV-Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 2015
  • Million Dollar Circle, GLP Attorneys, 2018
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
  • Drake University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1997
  • University of Florida, B.A., Political Science. 1994
  • Washington State Bar, 2015
  • New Hampshire State Bar, 2009
  • Maine State Bar, 2003
  • Florida State Bar, 1997
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member, 2015 – Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Member, 2015 – Present
  • Florida Justice Association, Eagle Member, 2003 – 2015
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2003 – 2008
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2003 - 2013
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2000 – 2015
  • Haines City Rotary Club, Member, 2002 – 2015
  • Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club, Member, 2015 - Present

When not working, John enjoys spending time outdoors, boating, skiing, running, hiking, swimming, and traveling with his wife and children.

Successful Cases

$3.57 Million

$3.57 million settlement in a defective roadway design case.  A pedestrian was walking at night on a flooded roadway and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

$2.4 Million

$2.4 million verdict for a motorcyclist who was struck by a drunk driver and suffered multiple fractures, surgeries, and coma lasting 58 days.

$2.305 Million

$2.305 million settlement for a family of three injured in a severe head-on collision, requiring prolonged hospitalization.

$1 Million

$1 million settlement for a rear-end motor vehicle collision in which a mother and son were rear-ended by a semi-tractor-trailer on the I-5 bridge from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington. 


$500,000 settlement for man who suffered knee surgery and post traumatic reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) following an automobile accident.


$450,000 settlement for a woman who was struck by a semi tractor-trailer that ran a red light in the fog and resulted in cervical and lumbar fusion.


$410,000 for an elderly woman involved in a rear-end collision which necessitated serious surgery.


$375,000 settlement for woman who required cervical fusion and knee surgery following a motor vehicle accident.


$350,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on a city sidewalk that the city and adjacent property owners had failed to repair.


$325,000 settlement for a woman who fell down the stairs after a broken handrail gave way at a county recycling center.


$275,000 for a 23-year-old student who was involved in a side-swipe collision that resulted in a concussion, traumatic brain injury, and whiplash injuries.


$253,000 settlement for a man who was involved in a collision caused by a drunk driver resulting in lung contusions, fractured ribs, fractured clavicle, and lumbar sprain/strain injuries.


$250,000 policy limit settlement for a woman who suffered seizures following a T-Bone motor vehicle collision.

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