Kapuza Lighty, PLLC is a Yakima, Washington personal injury law firm of trial lawyers with more than 50 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of clients who have been injured due to others’ negligence. We serve anyone in need of a personal injury attorney in Yakima and Yakima County.
We provide exceptional service tailored to each client. Our ultimate goal is to help people who have suffered injuries. We believe that your rights come first, and you deserve the best representation to fight for you. We represent individuals, and always strive to return the best settlement for you.
Our attorneys bring a track record of high-level courtroom experience to your case. Although the majority of personal injury cases never go to trial, we believe in preparing each case as if it will. Our unmatched level of preparedness allows us to recover higher settlements for our clients.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, we’re here to help. We know that the pain you’re dealing with, from the physical and mental stress of the initial accident to the financial and logistical issues that follow, is a lot to bear. We’re in your corner to make things as easy as possible from here on out.
Let us fight on your behalf to bring you the peace of mind you deserve.
Our Attorneys – John Kapuza
John Kapuza is a lawyer and co-owner of Kapuza Lighty, PLLC – Accident Injury Lawyers in Yakima, Washington. He has been practicing personal injury law for over two decades and has represented injured persons across the state of Washington. John graduated from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992 with a dual major in History and Political Science. He is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated at the top of his class and served on the Scholastic Review Board.
John has earned recognition as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Central Washington. Some of his recent results include $2.5 million for a man suffering orthopedic injuries in a car accident; $2 million for a man suffering a head injury in a forklift accident; $1.2 million for a man who was seriously injured in an industrial explosion; $1 million for a man who suffered a back injury in a rear-end car accident; $350,000 for a man attacked by pit bull dogs; $300,000 for a man seriously injured in a nursing home.
John became a member, by invitation only, of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2019, he was named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine, a designation awarded to only 5% of lawyers throughout the State of Washington. John is a listed member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 as one of the premier lawyers in Washington state for exemplifying superior qualifications as a trial lawyer. He is also recognized nationally by Martindale-Hubbell with its top mark “AV Preeminent” for outstanding legal ability. John is rated 10 out of 10 as “Superb” the highest rating given by AVVO, an independent online lawyer rating system. When he first started practicing law years ago, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine.
John has served on the Washington State Association for Justice Board of Governors, is past chair of the Washington State Association for Justice Yakima Tort Roundtable, a past officer of the John Gavin Inn of Court, and a past member of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division on Continuing Legal Education.
John and his wife Lisa are active in the United Way of Central Washington. He is a frequent presenter at local Yakima schools encouraging students to pursue careers in the law. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for Yakima’s Capitol Theatre.
Greg Lighty grew up in Yakima, WA, and returned home to practice law. He is a co-owner of Kapuza Lighty, PLLC – Accident Injury Lawyers. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Washington in 1988 before graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 1991. Greg has practiced law in Yakima since 1991.
Greg worked for Halverson Applegate (now Halverson Northwest) from 1991 – 2006. His practice was focused on civil litigation and he served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2003 – 2006. After leaving the Halverson firm, Greg dedicated his practice to helping people who are injured through the fault of others. Greg, and his partner John Kapuza, focus exclusively on representing injured people in their joint practice at Kapuza Lighty.
Greg is recognized nationally by Martindale-Hubbell with its top rating of “AV Preeminent” for outstanding legal ability and ethics. He is rated a 10 out of 10 “Superb” by AVVO, an independent online lawyer rating service, and has been previously named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine. Greg is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Greg’s practice typically involves injuries resulting from car or truck accidents, slip-and-falls, or dog bites, and he has made significant recoveries for many of his clients. Greg has also represented hundreds of clients who suffered damages as a result of wildland fires. His work on those cases has produced recoveries for his clients totaling more than $20 Million.
Greg is married to Catherine Lighty, who also practices law in Yakima. Greg and Catherine have two adult children. Greg has nearly 20 years of experience as a youth sports coach, including basketball, soccer, football, baseball, and golf. He is currently the head golf coach at La Salle High School.
Greg and Catherine are also very involved in the Yakima Community. Greg is the Chairman of the City of Yakima Civil Service Commission. He serves on the Board for the United Way of Central Washington and he and Catherine are the current Co-Chairs for the Pillars, the major individual donors to the United Way. Greg is also a past Board Member of the First Tee of Yakima.