Vincent Nappo
Partner

Contact Me:

Practice Areas:

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 2011
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Honors

  • Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2017
  • CALI Award in Contracts, 2009
  • NITA Certification for Depositions Skills

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington

Biography

Vincent fights hard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to obtain justice against abusers and the entities who facilitate such atrocities. The effects of childhood sexual abuse are devastating and long-lasting on the victims and their families. Most survivors live for many years in shame, afraid to confront the trauma they experienced. For too long, powerful entities like the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America marginalized and ignored victims, leading to a culture of secrecy. Vincent devotes the bulk of his practice towards empowering and providing a voice to these men, women, and children, and, for years, has successfully litigated claims against individual perpetrators, the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, school districts, daycare centers, the Department of Social and Health Services, and the State of Washington, among others. In recent years, Vincent has expanded his practice to represent survivors of human sex trafficking, including children sold for sex on the Backpage.com website. In addition to his work on behalf of abuse survivors, Vincent's practice includes complex injury cases involving civil rights violations, government liability, and medical malpractice.

Outside of the office Vincent is involved in a number of community activities. He served on the Board of Trustees for the KCBA Young Lawyers Division, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the WSBA Litigation Section Committee. Additionally, he volunteered for the King County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on behalf of abused and neglected children, and worked with the Northwest Immigrants' Rights Project to bring U-Visa petitions on behalf of undocumented victims of domestic violence. Vincent continues to remain active in community and lobbying efforts to protect children through sensible public policy and law initiatives at the federal and state level.

Classes & Seminars

  • Motions in Limine, “How to Harness the Power of Your Team for Trial”, February 12, 2016, Washington State Association for Justice
  • Effective Use of Interrogatories and Requests for Production, “Effective Tools for the 21st Century Litigator”, September 21, 2016, Washington State Bar Association
  • Effective use of Discovery, “Bridging the Gap”, December 9, 2016, King County Bar Association
  • Effective Use of Interrogatories and Requests for Production, “Low Bono Program”, November 7, 2017, Seattle University School of Law
  • Website Liability: The Communications Decency Act, November 29, 2017, American Association for Justice
  • Online Commercial Sex Trafficking Litigation, “Anti-Human Trafficking Series Part II”, January 18, 2018, American Association for Justice
  • Young Lawyers Panel at WSBA’s Trial Advocacy Program, October 28, 2016, Washington State Bar Association
  • Online Commercial Sex Trafficking and the Fight Against Backpage.com, “Respond Spokane Conference” December 5, 2017, Partners with Families & Children
  • Backpage.com Litigation, “Fighting Modern Day Slavery” January 11, 2018, YWCA Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Backpage.com Litigation, “Freedom Fighters, The Battle Against Modern Slavery” January 12, 2018, Grace Farms Foundation, New Canaan, Connecticut

Pro-Bono Activities

  • King County Superior Court CASA
  • YLD Community Involvement Committee
  • Seattle Against Slavery
  • Washington Engage
  • King County Neighborhood Law Clinic

Representative Cases

  • $3,000,000 sexual abuse settlement against DSHS
  • $2,500,000 sexual abuse settlement for a woman abused by her foster parent licensed by DSHS despite the fact he was a convicted sex offender
  • $900,000 sexual abuse settlement for two sisters who suffered sexual abuse in foster care
  • Confidential sexual abuse settlement against the Boy Scouts of America for six men who were sexually abused by their Assistant Scoutmaster.

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice, Member
  • King County Young Lawyers Division, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • WSBA, Litigation Section, , Secretary/Treasurer
  • King County Bar Association, YLD Trustee
  • Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project, Attorney Supervisor