Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

John M. Zanetti

John Zanetti is a litigation attorney in the Washington practice group and is based in the Portland office. John’s practice is devoted to advising and representing employers in all aspects of workers’ compensation matters. He is admitted to practice in both Washington and Oregon. John was elected a shareholder in 2021.

Before he embarked on his career as a lawyer, John lived and traveled in various parts of the world, including stints in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He even spent a year on the Indonesian island of Kalimantan as a Fulbright grantee.

Later, as a law student at Washington University in St. Louis, John was named a Scholar in Law and David M. Becker Fellow, and was elected Symposium Editor of the Global Studies Law Review. During the summers, John worked as a legal clerk in the trial division of the St. Louis Public Defender’s Office. It was in that fast-paced environment where he gained litigation experience, ranging from deposing witnesses and arguing motions, to selecting juries and participating in over a dozen trials.

Before he joined Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, John served as General Counsel for a Midwestern brewery and brewing facility. As General Counsel, he was the point person for all of the company’s legal needs so his practice necessarily encompassed a broad array of legal fields. Yet it was in the details and complexity of employment law where John truly felt at home, and which compelled him to focus his practice on advising and litigating on behalf of employers.

Client Service

Effective counsel requires a strategy tailored to the unique nature of each claim and the client’s desired resolution. To that end, I pay meticulous attention to detail to ensure no seemingly minor fact or novel legal issue gets overlooked. Broader financial and practical considerations are similarly critical as they form the backbone of the various strategic options I work tirelessly to outline for each claim. Whether we choose to litigate or pursue a creative resolution strategy, at the end of the day my goal as legal counsel is to make sure my clients have a clear-eyed view of the path forward.

On a more personal level, I strongly believe trust and open communication are indispensable to good legal service. With any claim, circumstances can shift without warning. In this messy and often unpredictable climate, clients deserve counsel that is readily available, listens carefully, and is devoted to working together toward a satisfactory resolution.


  • Juris Doctor (magna cum laude), Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
    • David M. Becker Fellow
    • Scholar in Law Scholarship Award, Three-Year Recipient
    • Excellence in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Award, Recipient
    • Global Studies Law Review, Symposium Editor
    • Negotiation Team, Member
    • Representation in Mediation Team, Member (Third in ABA competition)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (magna cum laude), University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, 2006
    • Distinguished Senior Award, Recipient


Memberships and Community

  • Outside In, Volunteer
  • Oregon State Bar
    • New Lawyers Division
    • Workers Compensation Division
  • Washington State Bar
    • Workers Compensation Division
    • Labor and Employment Division
  • Multnomah Bar
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Imprint Program, Volunteer

Recent publications

Recent speaking topics

  • "New Washington Department of Labor and Industries Rules and Templates:  A Panel Discussion with Kelli Zimmerman," the Washington Claims School Seminar presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, September 19, 2019
  • "Surveillance: How Might It Help Move a Claim Forward Rather than a Simple IME?" client continuing education seminar, September 17, 2018
  • "Higher Conflict and Controversy: medical and recreational marijuana in the workplace," Northwest Human Resource Management Association Annual Conference, September 5, 2018
  • "An Exploration into the Fascinating World of Independent Medical Examinations and the Alternatives," client continuing education seminar, March 19, 2018
  • "A Mock Washington Workers' Compensation Hearing," Washington Self-Insurers Association Annual Conference, May 9, 2018
  • "Washington Workers' Compensation 101," client continuing education seminar, July 25, 2018
  • "Washington 101," client continuing education seminar, January 31, 2018
  • "2015 Significant Decisions of the Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Courts," Washington Credit Crunch presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, September 14, 2016


Outside of the practice of law, I endeavor to be outdoors as much as possible to toil in my vegetable garden, hike and forage for mushrooms, camp, scuba dive, bow hunt, snowboard and, when time permits, travel to faraway places. When I am stuck indoors, I love to cook, read a good novel, play board games with friends or discover new restaurants.