2020 Insurance Law CLE

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


2020 Insurance Law CLE

Chairpersons Kathryn Knudsen and J.J. Thompson

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
5.75 Law & Legal credits, 0.5 Ethics credits

The health and safety of our members, business partners, and employees are among WSAJ’s highest priorities. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our community as the situation evolves. 

We will be shifting the WSAJ 2020 Spring Conference program to a 100% virtual event in an effort to help mitigate the virus.  We have developed a wonderful program and are delighted that we have the digital framework in place to be able to deliver our content virtually to you. 

By registering, you declare that the majority of you law practice is devoted to representing plaintiffs and you will not use the information provided at this CLE to advance the defense of a tort claim nor assist insurance defense in opposing the rights or interests of the injured or disabled persons. (WSAJ reserves the right to deny access to an of its CLEs if we have reason to believe that the individual registrant will act contrary to the purpose and mission of WSAJ.)


8:20-8:25  Welcome & Intro
Kathryn Knudsen, Plaintiff Litigation Group, Seattle 
J.J. Thompson, Armitage & Thompson, Spokane

8:25-8:30  Welcome from WSAJ Executive Director Liz Berry

8:30-9:00  Deposing Insurer Representatives
William Smart, Plaintiff Litigation Group, Seattle

9:00-9:30  Bad Faith Litigation From the Bench
Hon. David Keenan,
King County Superior Court, Seattle

9:30-10:00  IFCA Update
Isaac Ruiz, Plaintiff Litigation Group, Seattle

10:00-10:30  UIM and PIP Legislative Update
Elizabeth Woody Lindquist, Lindquist Law, Seattle

10:30-10:35  A message from our sponsors

10:35-10:40  Break

10:40-11:25  An Inside View of the Insurer from a Former Defense Attorney
Chris Finney, Finney Injury Law, St. Louis, MO

11:25-11:55  Amicus Update
Dan Huntington, WSAJ Amicus Coordinater, Spokane
Val McOmie, WSAJ Amicus Coordinator, Camas

11:55-12:00 A message from our sponsors

12:00-12:20 Lunch break

12:20-12:50  Insurance Broker Liability
Kathryn Knudsen, Plaintiff Litigation Group, Seattle

12:50-1:20  Market Conduct Reviews of Insurer Claims Handling
Ned Gaines, Washington State Insurance Commissioner's Office, Olympia

1:20-1:50  ETHICS -- Documenting and Communicating With Adjusters
J.J. Thompson, Armitage & Thompson, Spokane

1:50-2:00  Break

2:00-2:30Considerations for Litigating a UIM Claim With a Bad Faith Case
Terry Traverso
, Law Office of Terence F. Traverso, Bellevue

2:30-3:00 How Adjusting Claims Shaped My P.I. Practice
J.D. Smith, Law Office of J.D. Smith, Mercer Island

3:00-3:30  Who Is Responsible After Keodalah?
Kyle Olive, Olive Law Northwest, Seattle

Spring Conference also includes:
Workers' Compensation CLE, May 4 - click here to register


PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for each event that is part of Spring Conference. If you wish to attend both of the two CLEs, you must register for each event separately.




Raphaela Weissman

Kathryn Knudsen
JJ Thompson
William C. Smart
WILLIAM C. SMART Practice areas include: Insurance Bad Faith, Employment Law, Health Care & Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability Plaintiffs, Subrogation. His practice focuses on plaintiffs' civil litigation, including...More
David Keenan
Isaac Ruiz
Isaac Ruiz recently launched the Plaintiff Litigation Group in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Before that, he was a partner with Keller Rohrback. Isaac and his team represent insurance policyholders, workers, and injured people.

Isaac serves as...More

Elizabeth Lindquist
Elizabeth Woody Lindquist handles all types of plaintiff's personal injury cases, specializing in major and catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Her most rewarding work has been in obtaining just compensation for injured children and incompetent...More
Daniel E. Huntington
Dan Huntington is a Spokane lawyer. Dan received his B.A. degree from Gonzaga University, and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall, the University of California School of Law at Berkeley. He began private practice in Tacoma, and after two years moved to...More
Valerie McOmie
Valerie D. McOmie is a lawyer from Camas, Washington. Ms. McOmie received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1998. Along with Dan Huntington, she is Co-Coordinator of the WSAJ Foundation Amicus Committee. The Committee prepares amicus...More
Terence Traverso
J.D. Smith
J.D. Smith is a veteran personal injury attorney. Prior to and during law school J.D. worked as a claims adjuster and underwriter. It was a natural transition for him to practice law in the personal injury area. J.D. has tried fifty civil cases to...More
Kyle C. Olive
KYLE C. OLIVE is a partner and co-founder of the law firm of Olive | Bearb & Grelish PLLC in Seattle, Washington. Prior to practicing law, Kyle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Tom Chambers at the Washington State Supreme Court. He has been an...More
Christopher Finney
Ned Gaines

Originally Published

May 5, 2020

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • 2020 Insurance Law CLE - Morning Session
  • 2020 Insurance Law CLE - Afternoon Session
  • 2020 Insurance Law CLE - Written Materials

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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