We have decades of experience in litigating all types of actions between insurance companies and the people they insure.
We have many decades of experience in litigating all types of insurance actions. Our attorneys know and understand the perils facing insurers whose policyholders allege wrongful conduct in the investigation, handling, and payment of claims. Washington law places heavy burdens on the insurer that can create traps for the unwary. Coverage issues involving automobile, commercial liability, property, premises, environmental, fidelity, and business-interruption coverage, as well as subrogation and contribution among insurers, are just some of the types of disputes we litigate. Additionally, we defend insurers in extra-contractual claims for violation of the duty of good faith and statutes such as the Insurance Fair Conduct Act and the Washington Consumer Protection Act. Our attorneys have also provided innumerable evaluations and opinions to clients in insurance-coverage matters, often providing advice that helps resolve a coverage issue and thereby avoid litigation.
Widrig v. Vilas at Meadow Springs, Nos. 31687-4-III, 32122-3-III; 186 Wn. App. 1036 (Mar. 26, 2015) (interplay between indemnity clause in contract and insurance obligations)
Muse Apartments, LLC v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of Am., No. C12-2021RSL, 2013 WL 6062340 (W.D. Wash. Nov. 18, 2013) (summary judgment in favor of insurer issuing crime policy; no coverage for third-parties who were not named insureds)
Nat’l Sur. Corp. v. Cadet Mfg. Co., 132 F. App’x 711, 712 (9th Cir. 2005) (represented subrogated plaintiff in case of fire damages caused by defective wall heater)
McMahan & Baker, Inc. v. Continental Cas. Co., 68 Wn. App. 573, 843 P.2d 1133 (1993) (insurance coverage).
Nichols v. CNA Ins. Cos., 57 Wn. App. 397, 788 P.2d 594 (1990) (insurance coverage).
Boggs v. Whitaker, Lipp & Helea, Inc. P.S., 56 Wn. App. 583, 784 P.2d 1273 (1990) (trial court’s coverage grant under business liability policy overturned on appeal).
Continental Casualty Co. v. Weaver, 48 Wn. App. 607, 739 P.2d 1192 (1987) (cohabiting boyfriend held not member of “immediate family” under auto insurance, summary judgment of no coverage for a wrongful death claim; affirmed on appeal)
Mission Ins. Co. v. Guarantee Ins. Co., 37 Wn. App. 695, 683 P.2d 215 (1984) (contribution action under “other insurance” clauses for settlement of wrongful death claim; summary judgment affirmed on appeal)
St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Luigi’s (federal lawsuit involving major subrogation claim arising out of fire loss)