Vincent Nappo
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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, 2017–2019
  • NITA Certification for Depositions Skills

Bar Admissions

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

Biography

Vincent fights hard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse against the entities who facilitate and cover up such atrocities. The effects of childhood sexual abuse are devastating on victims and their families. Most survivors live for decades 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 large institutions like 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 child 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 as Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the King County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and currently serves as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Litigation Section Committee. Additionally, he has volunteered for the King County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on behalf of abused and neglected children. 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 across the country.

Classes & Seminars

  • CLE Presentation: “Plaintiff’s Personal Injury from Start to Finish: Ethical Considerations for the Plaintiff’s Attorney,” November 1, 2019. National Business Institute.
  • CLE Presentation: “Plaintiff’s Personal Injury from Start to Finish: Understanding the Law on Damages,” November 1, 2019. National Business Institute.
  • CLE Presentation: “Personal Injury Claims in Bankruptcy,” October 8, 2019. King County Bar Association.
  • CLE Presentation: “Adding Insult to Injury: Personal Injury Claims in Bankruptcy,” May 15, 2019. Washington State Bar Association.
  • CLE Presentation: “Personal Injury Bootcamp: Conducting Thorough Client Intake and Pre-Suit Investigation,” September 3, 2019. National Business Institute.
  • CLE Presentation: “Cross Examination and Redirect,” Trial Advocacy Program, March 30, 2019. Washington State Bar Association.
  • Guest speaker: “Online Sex Trafficking and Foster Care,” June 19, 2019. The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance.
  • Guest speaker: Backpage.com Litigation, “Freedom Fighters: The Battle Against Modern Slavery,” January 12, 2018. Grace Farms Foundation, New Canaan, Connecticut.
  • Guest speaker: Backpage.com Litigation, “Fighting Modern Day Slavery,” January 11, 2018. YWCA Greenwich, Connecticut.
  • CLE Presentation: Online Commercial Sex Trafficking Litigation, “Anti-Human Trafficking Series Part II,” January 18, 2018. American Association for Justice.
  • Guest speaker: “Online Commercial Sex Trafficking and the Fight Against Backpage.com,” Respond Spokane Conference, December 5, 2017. Partners with Families & Children.
  • CLE Presentation: “Website Liability: The Communications Decency Act,” November 29, 2017. American Association for Justice.
  • CLE Presentation: Effective Use of Interrogatories and Requests for Production, “Low Bono Program,” November 7, 2017. Seattle University School of Law.
  • CLE Presentation: Effective use of Discovery, “Bridging the Gap,” December 9, 2016. King County Bar Association.
  • Guest speaker: Young Lawyers Panel at WSBA’s Trial Advocacy Program, October 28, 2016. Washington State Bar Association.
  • CLE Presentation: Effective Use of Interrogatories and Requests for Production, “Effective Tools for the 21st Century Litigator,” September 21, 2016. Washington State Bar Association.
  • CLE Presentation: Motions in Limine, “How to Harness the Power of Your Team for Trial,” February 12, 2016. Washington State Association for Justice.

Pro-Bono Activities

  • King County Superior Court CASA
  • YLD Community Involvement Committee
  • Seattle Against Slavery
  • Washington Engage
  • King County Neighborhood Law Clinic
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section Committee, Chair

Representative Cases

  • $8,500,000 settlement on behalf of two sisters against State of Washington and DSHS for sexual abuse by foster parent.
  • $3,000,000 sexual abuse settlement against State of Washington and CPS for failing to properly investigate abusive home.
  • $2,000,000 sexual abuse settlement against State of Washington and DSHS on behalf of two girls who were sexually abused in foster care home.
  • $1,700,000 sexual abuse settlement against State of Washington and CPS for failing to properly investigate abusive home.
  • $975,000 sexual abuse settlement against Spokane Community College on behalf of young girl who was sexually abused at child care center by adult volunteer.
  • $750,000 settlement for special needs child against State of Washington and CPS for failing to properly investigate neglect in home.
  • $600,000 sexual abuse settlement against Burlington-Edison School District on behalf of high school student who was sexually abused by adult volunteer instructor.
  • $325,000 sexual abuse settlement against perpetrator-uncle who abused his niece in the home.
  • $237,500 sexual abuse settlement against Lake Washington School District on behalf of high school student who was sexually assaulted by school employee.
  • $144,746.48 jury verdict in civil trial against construction company in relation to a motor vehicle accident that resulted in no visible property damage to the vehicles, but permanent injury to the plaintiff. The defendant offered only $20,000 to settle the case before trial.
  • $142,400 sexual abuse settlement against perpetrator-step father on behalf of step-daughter.
  • Confidential settlements against owners of www.backpage.com on behalf of three minor girls who were trafficked and sold for sex on the website.
  • Numerous confidential settlements against the Boy Scouts of America for sexual abuse in Scouting.
  • Appellate Case: J.S. v. Village Voice Media Holdings, L.L.C., 184 Wn.2d 95 (2015) Washington Supreme Court upheld a trial court’s refusal to dismiss claims brought by three girls who allege they were trafficked for sex on www.backpage.com. The website asserted it was immune from suit under the Communications Decency Act. Vincent was co-author of the appellate briefs.

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
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section Committee, 2013 to Present
  • King County Bar Association, YLD Trustee
  • Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project, Attorney Supervisor