Jon R. Morrone
Two Union Square
601 Union Street, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98101
Jon Morrone is a senior associate in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner. He is an experienced litigator with deep roots in Western Washington. His practice is focused on labor and employment law and business litigation. He is also experienced in the areas of personal injury, civil rights claims, and insurance defense.
Prior to joining Williams Kastner, Mr. Morrone worked as an assistant attorney general. At the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Morrone defended our universities, community colleges, and state agencies in civil litigation. Although his chief focus was in defending employment decisions, Mr. Morrone also defended against alleged negligence in highway design, student-based allegations of discrimination, breach of contract claims, and various other negligence-based lawsuits.
Mr. Morrone is a litigator in every sense of the word, and he is at ease in front of both judges and juries. Jurors have commented on Mr. Morrone’s ability to capture their attention while maintaining command of the courtroom. He has argued many multi-day civil bench trials and achieved a victory in each of them. He has successfully moved to dismiss numerous lawsuits and has had success defending his victories on appeal. Mr. Morrone is also a skilled negotiator, securing favorable settlements outside of the courtroom through direct negotiation as well as formal mediation.
Mr. Morrone holds his work in high regard. He learned this virtue from his father, Timothy. After returning from Vietnam, Timothy Morrone spent his entire career at Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Timothy taught Mr. Morrone the importance of giving your full measure at work because results matter – that, regardless of where you come from, where you end is most important. Because of this, Mr. Morrone works hard to obtain the best possible result for his clients.
Mr. Morrone was born and raised in Tacoma and attended the University of Washington. Mr. Morrone went on to obtain his JD from Gonzaga University School of Law and was elected President of the Student Bar Association. He is married to Cynthia Hwang, also a long-time resident of Western Washington. She is a banker that focuses on business-related needs and is active in the community. They reside together in Bellevue and travel the globe as often as they can. In the fall, Mr. Morrone moonlights as a sports broadcaster, broadcasting all home football games for Gig Harbor and Peninsula High Schools on KGHP, a local radio station that offers live streaming over the internet
- Williams Kastner, Senior Associate | 2013 - Present
- Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Assistant Attorney General | 2007 - 2013
- Sloan Bobrick & Kesling, Associate | 2006 - 2007
Representative Litigation Experience
- Eastman v. Washington State Patrol: As co-counsel for the defense, the jury awarded $18,000 in damages in an admitted liability case where the plaintiff asked the jury to award more than $800,000.
- McManus v. State of Washington: Successfully moved to dismiss this highway design case and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal in Division One. When the plaintiff filed a petition for review with the Washington State Supreme Court, Mr. Morrone filed the answer. The Supreme Court denied the plaintiff’s petition, thereby rendering Mr. Morrone’s trial court and appellate court victories final.
- Mandujano v. Central Washington University: In this employment case, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit after receiving a counter-claim prepared by Mr. Morrone. The plaintiff also agreed to never work for the state again in exchange for Central Washington University dismissing the counter-claim against him.
- Ent v. Criminal Justice Training Commission: Mr. Morrone successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit filed against the state entity charged with training law enforcement officers. The plaintiff appealed, and Mr. Morrone successfully defended his trial court victory in Division One. The appeal panel interpreted an immunity provision that had never before been scrutinized by an appellate court and published a unanimous decision in favor of the defendant.
- Johnson v. Parks and Recreation Commission: As co-counsel for the defense, the jury returned a defense verdict in this employment-based retaliation lawsuit.
- Stuth v. Department of Social and Health Services: As co-counsel for the defense, the defendant hung the jury after a four-week trial. The plaintiff asked for $2.6 million in damages, did not meet her burden, and the jury did not award any damages. The case was reset for trial and later settled. (Note: Mr. Morrone was no longer co-counsel at the time of settlement).
- Kinzel v. Washington State Departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife: Successfully moved to dismiss these joint lawsuits against two agencies charged with safeguarding our environment.
- Zimerman v. State Senator Ken Jacobsen: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit filed in district court against one of our elected state legislators.
- Henderson v. Betts: As co-counsel, the defense successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit against a member of the Washington State Patrol.
- Stuart-Robinson v. Green River Community College: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit. The plaintiff appealed, and Mr. Morrone drafted the responsive pleadings and argued in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (Note: the parties agreed to settle this case in lieu of an opinion).
- Engels v. Central Washington University: The plaintiff sued Central Washington University for failing to provide him with a reasonable accommodation. Mr. Morrone brought in third-party defendants that were believed to have violated various laws; they were not part of an organized union, and they allegedly engaged in improper price-fixing. In working towards a global resolution favorable to Central Washington University ($16,500 to the plaintiff in return for dismissal of his complaint and removing unpleasant remarks about the University from his online blogs), Mr. Morrone extracted from the third-party defendants letters of apology.
- Fening v. Department of Labor and Industries: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit filed in district court against the Department of Labor and Industries.
- Holmstrom v. Department of Labor and Industries: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit filed in district court against the Department of Labor and Industries.
- Scott v. Lake Washington Technical College: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit alleging age-based discrimination against a local dental hygiene program.
- Ressy v. Department of Corrections: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit alleging retaliation and Constitutional violations. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal.
- Stuart-Robinson v. Tacoma Community College I: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Stuart-Robinson v. Tacoma Community College II: Successfully moved to dismiss this lawsuit. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Honors & Awards
- Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Defense Associate of the Year 2013
- Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Board of Trustees, 2014-Present; Programs Chair, 2014-Present; Practice Development Committee Chair, 2013)
- Belle Arts Homeowner’s Association (President)
- New Tacoma Neighborhood Council (Former Board Member)
- Washington State Attorney General’s Office (Former Law Clerk Supervisor)
- Washington State Attorney General’s Office (Former Basic Litigation Skills CLE Committee Member)
- Presenter, “Prevailing Wage Law in Washington,” Seattle, WA, April 16, 2014.
- Presenter, “Independent Contractors: How to Minimize your Tax and Legal Liability,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, March 26, 2014.
- Co-Presenter, “The National Labor Relations Board’s Expansive Agenda,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 13, 2013.
- 3/6/14: Gonzaga University School of Law: Alumni Profile: Jon Morrone
- 2/27/13: King 5 News: High profile grandparent’s rights case goes to trial
- 2/19/09: Komo News: Judge: No visitation for Amber Alert mom