John W. O’Leary

Principal/Senior Attorney

Kennewick, WA


Raised in Seattle, John O’Leary is an accomplished Principal/Senior Attorney with a background in litigation who uses his integrity and years of experience to help others navigate complex legal matters. His main passions at Gravis Law are consumer and business bankruptcy protection, estate planning and probate, and serving as general counsel for businesses.  He has also guided many businesses through complex Chapter 11 and 12 reorganizations. His drive for advocacy is rooted in the satisfaction he gets from helping clients through their life challenges, including getting them back to solvency and helping them save their assets, businesses, and homes.

His proudest professional achievement has been being elected by his peers as president of the Federal Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington. His leadership in the Washington Bankruptcy space includes speaking at seminars, leading CLEs, and being involved at the trustee community level.

When John isn’t helping businesses and families through bankruptcy representation, he is a dedicated father to three beautiful daughters, a youth softball coach (two teams and 23 girls!), an avid bird hunter and bird dog trainer, and a lifelong fly fisherman who you can often find out on the many tributaries of the Columbia River. He is also a member of the Benton Franklin County Bar Association and the Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council.

  • Bankruptcy: Debtor/Creditor
  • Business: Contract Law
  • Business: General Counsel
  • Estate Planning: Estate Planning (Wills, POAs, Healthcare Directives, Living Wills)
  • Estate Planning: Probate Administration
  • Estate Planning: Probate Litigation
  • Litigation: Construction
  • Litigation: Real Estate/Property
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley
  • J.D., Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law
  • Washington State Bar Association, 2002
  • Oregon State Bar, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2016

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