WSAJ's 37th Annual Insurance Law Seminar (2015): Looking Back & Thinking Forward
Published by Washington State Association for Justice
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Duration: 405 minutes
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WSAJ's 37th Annual Insurance Law Seminar
Looking Back & Thinking Forward
Chairpersons: Isaac Ruiz & Ken Friedman
Recorded: Friday, January 23, 2015 • SeaTac Marriott
6.75 CLE Credits Approved
WSBA Activity ID# 389605
For Plaintiff's Practitioners Only!
8:20-8:30 - Welcome and Introduction
Ken Friedman, Seattle
Isaac Ruiz, Seattle
8:30-9:05 - What's Happening with Cedell v. Farmers Insurance Co. • Shannon Kilpatrick, Seattle
9:05-9:35 - What's the Latest on the Insurance Fair Conduct Act • Isaac Ruiz, Seattle
9:35-10:10 - UIM “Claims Splitting” • Kyle Olive, Seattle
10:10-10:25 - Break
10:25-10:55 - Discovering the Ins and Outs of PIP Claims • Janelle Carney, Spokane
10:55-11:45 - Conducting Discovery in Bad Faith Cases • Rick Berry, Phoenix, Arizona
11:45-1:00 - EAGLE Recognition Lunch (included in tuition)
1:00 to 1:40 - What's New in the Appellate Courts • Bryan Harnetiaux, Spokane
1:40-2:10 - Insurance Subrogation Under Washington Law • Shelly Speir, Tacoma
2:10-2:50 - Class Actions in Insurance Cases and Anti-SLAPP Update • Ian Birk, Seattle
2:50-3:35 - “But I Thought Warren Buffet Was a Good Guy”—Loss Portfolio Transfers, Resolute Management, and Institutional Bad Faith • Frank Cordell, Seattle
3:35-3:50 - Break
3:50-4:25 - Observations on the Use of Bad Faith Experts by a Former Defense Lawyer • Dennis Smith, Seattle
4:25-5:00 - Trying IFCA Cases and Enhanced Damages • Ken Friedman, Seattle
| Kenneth R. Friedman|
Ken Friedman is a partner with Friedman Rubin. The firm engages in a national practice from their offices in Seattle and Bremerton, Washington. Ken is a member of the bar in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Kentucky and Montana. A large part of Ken’s...MoreKen Friedman is a partner with Friedman Rubin. The firm engages in a national practice from their offices in Seattle and Bremerton, Washington. Ken is a member of the bar in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Kentucky and Montana. A large part of Ken’s practice is representing policy holders in suits alleging insurance bad faith. He has taken bad faith cases to trial in Hawaii, Arizona, South Dakota, California and Kentucky. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Antioch University Seattle. Collapse
| Isaac Ruiz|
Isaac Ruiz is a partner with Keller Rohrback. He was selected to the 2015 and 2016 Washington Super Lawyers lists and is rated a “Superb” lawyer by Avvo.The first college graduate in his family, Mr. Ruiz completed his degree at the University of...MoreIsaac Ruiz is a partner with Keller Rohrback. He was selected to the 2015 and 2016 Washington Super Lawyers lists and is rated a “Superb” lawyer by Avvo.The first college graduate in his family, Mr. Ruiz completed his degree at the University of Texas at Austin (Government and Economics) in just two and a half years. In 2000, he graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where he graded onto the Notre Dame Law Review, served on the Journal of College & University Law, and won the Arthur Abel Memorial Award for best article. After law school, Mr. Ruiz served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.
Before joining Keller Rohrback, Mr. Ruiz worked with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Denver and with Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle.
Mr. Ruiz is the author of the Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Cases & Analysis(2014), a respected treatise on insurance law. He also compiled the only complete collection of legislative history for the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, including certified transcripts of legislative hearings. Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Ruiz served as the Chairman of the Washington State Association’s Insurance Section.
In 2015, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray nominated Mr. Ruiz to serve as a Commissioner on the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC), a civilian commission with a mandate to develop reform recommendations and represent community interests on police matters. The City Council approved the nomination in early 2016. Mr. Ruiz also serves as the Vice President of the QLaw Foundation, which provides free legal services to members of the LGBTQ community and education about legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Collapse
| Shannon Kilpatrick|
Shannon M. Kilpatrick practices at DawsonBrownPS in Seattle. She focuses her practice on substantial personal injury claims, wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, and claims involving insurer misconduct. She also consults on and handles...MoreShannon M. Kilpatrick practices at DawsonBrownPS in Seattle. She focuses her practice on substantial personal injury claims, wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, and claims involving insurer misconduct. She also consults on and handles appeals. She provides pro bono legal services to immigrants through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Before joining DawsonBrownPS in 2014, she practiced with her father, Dick Kilpatrick, for five years. Prior to that, Shannon clerked for the Honorable Debra L. Stephens at the Washington Supreme Court.
Shannon is a native of the Seattle area. She graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue and earned her BA in History from Whitman College. She graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she externed for the Honorable John L. Coffey at the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Shannon is admitted to practice in all state courts in Washington. She is also admitted before the US District Court for the Western District of Washington and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has served on the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Court Rules & Procedures Committee since 2011. In 2015 and 2016, the WSBA Board of Governors appointed her to serve as Chair of that Committee. From 2011-2012, she served on the WSBA Admission to Practice Rules Task Force. Shannon is also involved in the plaintiffs’ trial bar, the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ). She serves on its Board of Governors and the Judicial Relations Committee.
Shannon has authored articles and been an invited speaker at numerous seminars on the topics of insurance law, tort law, ethics rules, civil procedure, and appellate issues. From 2012-2016, Washington Super Lawyers selected her as a Rising Star. She has a perfect 10.0 “Superb” rating on Avvo.com. In July 2014, Gonzaga Law Review published an article she wrote, entitled “Sounding the Alarm: Is Diversity Jurisdiction Interfering with Washington State's Development of Its Own Body of Law Related to the Insurance Fair Conduct Act?”
Like any good Northwest native, Shannon loves the outdoors and traveling, and enjoys rooting for Seattle sports teams – some years more than others. She and her husband, Dan, are Mariners’ season ticket holders and long-suffering fans. They live in Duvall with their cat, Hannah. Collapse
| 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...MoreKYLE 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 Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice (formerly known as the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association) since 2005. In addition to his membership in WSAJ, he is a member of the Trial Lawyers College Northwest, the American Association for Justice and the National Trial Lawyers. He has been a volunteer attorney at the West Seattle Free Neighborhood Legal clinic since 2005.
Kyle graduated from the Seattle University School of Law cum laude in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1998. In law school, he was an editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. He has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2009 and was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers in 2012. He enjoys all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer including hiking in the Cascades and camping on the Washington Coast. He and his wife, Anna, reside on a small farm on Vashon Island with their son, daughter, dog and eight chickens.
Kyle’s practice focuses on personal injury and insurance coverage litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and insureds. Collapse
| Janelle M. Carney|
JJanelle M. Carney is the Managing Partner for the Spokane and Tri-Cities offices of GLP Attorneys. She has been a proud WSAJ Eagle member since 2011. Janelle has a background in insurance, and it was this experience that led her to believe that...MoreJJanelle M. Carney is the Managing Partner for the Spokane and Tri-Cities offices of GLP Attorneys. She has been a proud WSAJ Eagle member since 2011. Janelle has a background in insurance, and it was this experience that led her to believe that representing plaintiffs was her true passion. She understands the importance of advocating for those that are unable to advocate for themselves.
Janelle focuses her practice on personal injury cases and has successfully represented her clients in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial. Her practice areas include automobile collisions, wrongful death, chemical exposure claims, nursing home abuse and neglect, premises liability claims, and insurance bad faith claims. She prides herself on compassion for her clients and working on every case to the best of her ability, whether large or small. She is passionate about insurance and doing everything she can to ensure that insurance companies do the right thing on behalf of her clients.
Janelle is a member of GLP Attorneys’ bad faith practice group where she helps on all bad faith cases handled by any of the attorneys in the state. She helps strategize on UIM and bad faith cases and has litigated many to a successful result. She is also working with other Partners and Associates of GLP Attorneys on a bad faith handbook. Collapse
| Frank Cordell|
FRANK CORDELL practice emphasizes advising and litigating on behalf of policyholders engaged in coverage disputes with their insurers. His experience ranges from large-scale coverage litigation on behalf of international corporate policyholders under...MoreFRANK CORDELL practice emphasizes advising and litigating on behalf of policyholders engaged in coverage disputes with their insurers. His experience ranges from large-scale coverage litigation on behalf of international corporate policyholders under complex coverage lines, to advising individual insureds under disability, property, auto, and other policies. Frank has written and lectured to a wide variety of groups on insurance-coverage topics. He also maintains an active litigation practice involving a wide range of non-insurance commercial disputes.Frank is a 1991 summa cum laude graduate of the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif. Frank was a law clerk to the Hon. H. Emory Widener, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, before joining Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. as an associate in 1992. In 1996 he became a founding attorney of GTT&C's predecessor firm, and he was named Partner on July 1, 1998. Collapse
| Shelly K. Speir|
SHELLY K. SPEIR has a B.F.A. in ballet and an M.A.T. in Secondary Education/English. After working as a junior high school teacher and college English professor, she obtained her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, where she was a...MoreSHELLY K. SPEIR has a B.F.A. in ballet and an M.A.T. in Secondary Education/English. After working as a junior high school teacher and college English professor, she obtained her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, where she was a research/technical editor for the law review. Since graduation, she has been a partner at Fraser Robinson Speir, where she has done legal research and writing for cases at all levels of state and federal court.
After focusing on real estate and land use matters as a solo practitioner for two years, Shelly joined Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Speir, Inc. P.S. in 2000 and began practicing plaintiff’s personal injury. Since that time she has been named a “Super Lawyer—Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. She has also been named one of the “Top Attorneys in Washington” by Seattle Met Magazine.She is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice, where she is currently serving on the Board of Governors as Vice President of CLE.
In her spare time, Shelly is an avid gardener and knitter. She is also a tree designer for the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. Collapse
| Frederick C. Berry, Jr.|
J.D., CPCU, CLU - Law Offices of Frederick C. Berry, Jr., P.C.
Rick has had experience in the business of insurance all his life. In high school and college, he worked for the family independent insurance agency and became a licensed insurance producer when he turned 18. As an undergraduate, Rick received his...MoreRick has had experience in the business of insurance all his life. In high school and college, he worked for the family independent insurance agency and became a licensed insurance producer when he turned 18. As an undergraduate, Rick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Insurance from Arizona State University (1969). His Juris Doctor degree was awarded in 1973 by ASU where he was an Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal. Rick served as the Deputy Director of Insurance of the State of Arizona from July 1, 1976 through September 30, 1978 and attained his professional insurance designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in 1981 and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) in 1983. Rick has been very active in the CPCU Society at both a local and national level. He was a 13-year instructor for the Legal Environment of Insurance for the Insurance Institute of America and was President of the Arizona Chapter of the CPCU Society. Nationally, he was a member of the Ethics Committee and Board of Director for several years and was Western Regional Vice-President of the Society which included Washington State. His highest national service was serving as Chair of the 2001 Annual Meeting and Seminars which was held in Seattle. Because the Annual Meeting took place one-month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 3 of the 26 seminar topics presented over the course of a week were significantly revised to include topics arising out of the 9/11 insured losses. These proceedings were reported widely in the insurance industry trade press.For many years, Rick has been a sustaining member of the Arizona Association for Justice (AzAJ). He served as a member of the State Bar of Arizona Insurance Committee for 25 years six of which as Chair. He was also a member of the State Bar Professional Liability Committee for 26 years. Most recently, Rick was a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness from June 14, 2011 to October 31, 2014.In 2010 Rick resumed being a licensed insurance producer in Arizona and presently holds licenses for life, health, disability, property and liability insurance. Collapse
January 23, 2015
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward - Paper
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 1 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 2 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 3 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 4 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 5 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 6 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 7 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 8 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 9 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 10 - Video
- Looking Back & Thinking Forward Part 11 - Video
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