Joel D. Cunningham was born in Renton, Washington in 1948. He was admitted to the bar in 1974, Washington and U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington. His education includes earning his B.A. in Economics in 1971 from the University of Washington and his J.D. with high honors in 1974 from the University of Washington (first in his class). He is a member of the Order of the Coif, Washington Law Review, the Washington State and American Bar Associations, Washington State Association for Justice, and the American Board of Trial Advocates (President of the Washington Chapter in 1994). He has been on the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for over 20 years. He is a Fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates. His practice areas are Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Personal Injury Litigation.
He is a Partner in the Luvera Law Firm, joining Paul Luvera in 1995, after 20 years as a defense attorney.