WSAJ's 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar
Published by Washington State Association for Justice
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Duration: 360 minutes
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WSAJ's Annual Insurance Law Seminar
Episode 38: Harnessing the Force in Insurance Cases
CHAIRPERSONS: ISAAC RUIZ & PAUL VEILLON
Recorded: Friday, January 22, 2016 Seattle
WSBA A/V ID #1003131
6.0 CLE Credits Approved
8:20-8:30 Welcome and Introduction
Isaac Ruiz, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Seattle
Paul Veillon, Galileo Law, PLLC, Seattle
8:30-8:50 Property Damage Claims: How to Win, Protect Your Client, and Earn a Living
Paul Veillon, Galileo Law, PLLC, Seattle
8:50-9:10 Do Not Let Insurers Hijack the Appraisal Process: Effective Advocacy for Policyholders in Appraisal
Isaac Ruiz, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Seattle, and Roger Howson, Claims Dispute Resolution, Seattle
9:10-9:35 Ongoing Bad Faith and When Defense Counsel Acts as Adjuster: Overview of Babai v. Allstate
Jason R. Donovan, Foster Pepper PLLC, Seattle
9:35-10:00 When Your Case is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: How and Why to Prove Institutional Bad Faith
Charles Miller, Insurance Law Center, Berkeley, California
10:15-10:35 Employment Practices Insurance: What All Trial Lawyers Need to Know and Why
Elizabeth Hanley, The Hanley Law Firm, Seattle
10:35-11:00 Wait, I Thought I Had Insurance for That: Suing Insurance Producers
Lori Haskell, Law Office of Lori S. Haskell, Seattle
11:00-11:30 Annual IFCA Update. Kristine Grelish, Grelish Law PLLC, Seattle and Yakima
11:30-12:00 A Peak Behind the Curtain: How the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Handles Consumer Complaints Against Insurance Companies.
Amy Teshera, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Olympia SPOKANE (VIDEO OF PRESENTATION)
12:00-1:30 EAGLE Appreciation Luncheon (included in tuition)
1:30-2:00 Advancing Insurance Bad Faith Law One Case and One Motion at a Time: Bringing Your Powers of Persuasion to Bear on Summary Judgment
Richard B. Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick Law Group PC, Bellevue
2:00-2:25 The Interplay Between ERISA and State Insurance Law and the Remedies Available Under ERISA
Ian S. Birk, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Seattle
2:25-2:50 Reaching Out to Help Special Populations with Insurance Problems: With Focus on Women, Minorities, and Transgender Individuals
SEATTLE: David J. Ward, Legal Voice, Seattle, and
SPOKANE: J. Denise Diskin, Teller & Associates, Seattle 2:50-3:05 BREAK
3:05-3:25 Can Out-Of-State Plaintiffs Bring Claims under the CPA? Washington Supreme Court Says “Yes”: Thornell v. Seattle Service Bureau.
Beth Terrell (Seattle) and Blythe Chandler (Spokane), Terrell|Marshall Law Group, Seattle
3:25-3:55 Supreme Court Update and Trends.
Bryan Harnetiaux, WSAJ Amicus Co-coordinator, Spokane Amicus Update. Bryan Harnetiaux, WSAJ Amicus Co-coordinator, Spokane
3:55-4:40 Focus on Discovery in First Party Bad Faith Litigation
• Introduction to Written Discovery in Bad Faith Cases,
Robert D. Bohm, Robert D. Bohm, PLLC, Federal Way
• Proposed Changes to the Civil Rules Relating to Discovery,
Shannon M. Kilpatrick, Dawson Brown, PS
• Panel Discussion on How the Proposed Civil Rules Changes Would Affect Discovery in Bad Faith Cases
| 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
| Paul Michael Veillon|
Seattle personal injury attorney and diminished value lawyer Paul Veillon has represented severely injured persons since 2004 in claims against insurers, major corporations, and government agencies. In and out of Court, through jury trials, and...MoreSeattle personal injury attorney and diminished value lawyer Paul Veillon has represented severely injured persons since 2004 in claims against insurers, major corporations, and government agencies. In and out of Court, through jury trials, and before the Supreme Court of this state, he has prevailed and counseled clients and small businesses in financial crisis, fought for the rights of the accused and victims of discrimination, and helped ordinary people who needed justice.
Attorney Paul Veillon has earned the highest 10/10 rating and the Client’s Choice Award on Avvo.com. He is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), published several peer-reviewed articles on insurance and injury claims, served on the Trial News Editorial Board, co-chaired Continuing Legal Education seminars, associated with other firms that required his special expertise in an aspect of their client’s claims or jury trial expertise, and serves as the 2015 Vice-chair of the WSAJ Insurance Law Section and as a member of the WSAJ CLE Committee.
Mr. Veillon has lived in the Puget Sound area his entire life. After graduating valedictorian from Oak Harbor High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Physics from the University of Puget Sound. Then he went to law school at night so he could work full-time to support his family, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University in 2003.
He and his wife have four children and live in Seattle. He has an intense passion for golf and chess, though he's no expert at either. He also enjoys spending time with his family, especially on Orcas Island or at Gasworks Park. Collapse
| Roger Howson|
Since entering the insurance claims profession, Roger Howson has managed & actively adjusted thousands of losses while working at one time or another for the largest property & casualty insurance company and largest public adjusting firm. His...MoreSince entering the insurance claims profession, Roger Howson has managed & actively adjusted thousands of losses while working at one time or another for the largest property & casualty insurance company and largest public adjusting firm. His long-standing licenses as both public and independent adjuster emphasize Roger's equal empathy with policyholders, adjusters, and insurance companies.
Roger Howson has served as an Education Chair since 2002, and helped present claims education symposiums for Puget Sound (PSAA), Seattle (SCAA), Tacoma (TCAA), and Oregon (OCAA) claim adjusters associations. He also served two terms as president. In addition to Roger’s 35+ years of continuing education in arson & fraud investigation, property loss estimation, insurance law, & whatever other insurance claims education classes are available, he holds a Master’s Degree in Whole Systems Design & a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Collapse
| Jason R. Donovan|
Jay has been a member of Foster Pepper PLLC’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Insurance Coverage practices since 2008 and focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage and bad faith disputes involving commercial general liability,...MoreJay has been a member of Foster Pepper PLLC’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Insurance Coverage practices since 2008 and focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage and bad faith disputes involving commercial general liability, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability and professional services liability.
In addition to his insurance coverage work, Jay has extensive experience handling various commercial matters, including the representation of transportation brokers in insurance, discrimination, contractual and other claims. Collapse
| Charles Miller|
Mr. Miller is a licensed attorney in California. Since 1990 Mr. Miller’s practice has been devoted to insurance law. Prior to 1990 Mr. Miller was employed in the insurance industry for 18 years where he worked as an insurance claims representative...MoreMr. Miller is a licensed attorney in California. Since 1990 Mr. Miller’s practice has been devoted to insurance law. Prior to 1990 Mr. Miller was employed in the insurance industry for 18 years where he worked as an insurance claims representative and claims manager. Mr. Miller has been retained in over twenty states and territories, including Canada, as an expert on insurance industry practices and standards and various insurance policy coverage issues. Mr. Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Collapse
| Elizabeth Hanley|
Elizabeth Hanley is an Attorney with Reed, Longyear, Malnati and Ahrens, PLLC. She focuses her practice on employment, personal injury, class action, wrongful death, general litigation and civil rights cases. Elizabeth enjoys the opportunity to...MoreElizabeth Hanley is an Attorney with Reed, Longyear, Malnati and Ahrens, PLLC. She focuses her practice on employment, personal injury, class action, wrongful death, general litigation and civil rights cases. Elizabeth enjoys the opportunity to represent clients throughout Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and throughout the state of Washington.
Elizabeth enjoys trial work and has tried cases to verdict in both Washington’s federal and state courts. She utilizes this litigation experience not only in the courtroom, but also in advising and negotiating solutions for clients outside of the courtroom. She enjoys the opportunity that her law practice affords her to find solutions for a wide variety of problems facing individuals in various industries. She assists physicians in negotiating compensation agreements, executives exiting a corporation to protect their ability to work by challenging or advising regarding non-compete agreements, represents individuals who have suffered discrimination and retaliation, and works on an individual or class-wide basis to ensure individuals are paid for the work they have performed.
Her litigation experience informs her advice to her labor union and business clients as well. She enjoys advising regarding compliance with Washington’s myriad of employment laws and finding out-of-court and cost-effective solutions for businesses.
Elizabeth also works to provide prompt and compassionate legal representation to individuals and their families who experience a wrongful death or personal injury. Her focus is on understanding the values and needs of the family or individual, and to translate that to legal action for the purpose of remediating and obtaining compensation for her clients.
Elizabeth has been selected as a Superlawyer “Rising Star” in 2010, 2012, and 2014- 2016. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers for each year from 2013 to present. She is active with the Washington Association for Justice and with her local bar association. She serves on the board of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children and as Co-Treasurer of the Justice for All PAC. She is a member of the Washington Employment Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Washington State Association for Justice, and the King County Bar Association.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Elizabeth served as Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego International Law Journal. She also represented taxpayers in disputes with the IRS at the University of San Diego School of Law Tax Clinic, received Honors in Trial Advocacy, and externed with Federal Magistrate Judge Leo S. Papas for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hanley worked for the Oregon Judicial Department for the Honorable Robert R. Selander. She also worked as an intern/staff writer for the U.S. Department of State in Public Diplomacy to the MidEast and South Asia in Washington, D.C. She earned her undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University, and during her undergraduate years studied British Literature at Trinity College, Oxford University. Collapse
| Lori S. Haskell|
Lori Haskell has a unique blend of talents and background. After graduating from the University of Washington she worked in television for nearly 10 years. Lori began as one of the first women news photographers and eventually moved into writing and...MoreLori Haskell has a unique blend of talents and background. After graduating from the University of Washington she worked in television for nearly 10 years. Lori began as one of the first women news photographers and eventually moved into writing and producing. Ms. Haskell studied for her law degree at Seattle University while continuing to write and produce television news.
Ms. Haskell relocated to Alaska and clerked for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. Upon returning to Seattle, Lori entered private practice working exclusively to represent individuals against corporate interests, insurance rip offs and tirelessly advocating on behalf of the rights of injured people.
Her training in television made transitioning into the courtroom a natural move. Because of Ms. Haskell s TV background explaining stories through the use of visuals, she has perfected the art of delivering the essence of a case to a jury in a style that cuts through legalese and speaks to the heart of the matter. Ms. Haskell s natural empathy and willingness to familiarize herself with every aspect of her client s cases has brought her success in areas ranging from car accidents to civil rights discrimination and actions against insurance companies who wield their power by trying to take advantage of the little guy . When this mentality meets Lori Haskell there is no doubt such corporate arrogance is deeply flawed.
Most recently, Ms. Haskell won a $1.3 million verdict against Metro Transit on behalf of a passenger who fell on a bus. It is the largest verdict of its kind in this state. Prior to that case, Lori negotiated a $350,000 settlement against the North Shore School District in a gender discrimination case. Lori Haskell has obtained top dollar verdicts and settlements in traumatic brain injury cases. Having worked with injured people since the beginning of her legal career Ms. Haskell is knowledgeable regarding medicine, and the array of choices available in Puget Sound s medical community.
Lori Haskell has always been a significant contributor to her profession, teaching other lawyers the skills she puts to use on behalf of her own clients. She served on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Association for Justice for more than a decade, is a sought after speaker at legal seminars and recently concluded a three year term serving on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Bar Association. Lori Haskell has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics, co-authored a book for lawyers on litigating auto accident cases and has written legal articles to aid other attorneys in successfully bringing plaintiff cases. In 2007 Ms. Haskell was honored with a statewide award for her extraordinary work encouraging greater diversity within the legal community. Collapse
| Kristine Grelish|
Kristine Grelish is the owner of GRELISH LAW PLLC, with offices in Seattle and Yakima. She primarily practices in the areas of: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Insurance Disputes (insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, Insurance Fair Conduct Act...MoreKristine Grelish is the owner of GRELISH LAW PLLC, with offices in Seattle and Yakima. She primarily practices in the areas of: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Insurance Disputes (insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, Insurance Fair Conduct Act “IFCA”).
Kristine has presented and/or written on the topics of insurance, IFCA, jury instructions, and pre-trial investigation/workup of a personal injury case, and co-authored the Bad Faith and IFCA Chapters in the WSAJ Automobile Litigation Deskbook.
Kristine has acted as an adjuct law professor and taught a course on Insurance Bad Faith and Fair Practices at Seattle University School of Law. Kristine graduated summa cum laude (Seattle University, J.D., 2005) and clerked for Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall (Division II, Washington State Court of Appeals). Kristine has also traveled to Africa as faculty with the non-profit Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA), which instructs attorney participants in trial skills and supports African facility in the teaching of trial skills to attorney participants. Kristine has participated as faculty in the Kenya program and twice in the Botswana program.
For a fuller CV and more information on Kristine, please refer to website: grelishlaw.com Collapse
| Amy Teshara|
Property and Casualty Analyst - Consumer Advocacy; Office Of The Insurance Commissioner
Amy Teshera has worked as a property and casualty analyst with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) for 12 years. She advocates on behalf of consumers to ensure that their insurance companies are treating them fairly and educates the public...MoreAmy Teshera has worked as a property and casualty analyst with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) for 12 years. She advocates on behalf of consumers to ensure that their insurance companies are treating them fairly and educates the public on insurance matters. Amy was the Executive Secretary for the Governor’s Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) during a four year term on that committee.
Before working at the OIC Amy worked as a commercial insurance agent. She was also an insurance producer; selling commercial insurance and educating insurance consumers on their coverage, needs, and exposure. Amy previously owned her own business as a bookkeeper. Collapse
| Dick Kilpatrick|
Dick Kilpatrick is working to close a 42-year plaintiff practice for injury claims, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and lawyer related matters, including fee issues. He tried his first insurance bad faith case to a jury in 1981 or 82....MoreDick Kilpatrick is working to close a 42-year plaintiff practice for injury claims, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and lawyer related matters, including fee issues. He tried his first insurance bad faith case to a jury in 1981 or 82.
Dick served as trial and appellate counsel in a lawyer-on-client attorney fee case, Sessions v. Carlson (unpublished opinion 119 Wn. App. 1066). He similarly acted in Mahler v. State Farm, (limitations of insurers’ subrogation rights); Woo v. Fireman’s Fund (2007) (coverage and bad faith failure to defend); the separate Woo 2009 appeal) (no secrecy in claim manual), the damage phase of American Best v. Alea London; Jones v. City of Seattle (setting method required to exclude late trial witnesses); Day v. Mutual of Enumclaw (IFCA judgment and element of insured claim assignment defeating coverage by estoppel); and Xia v. Probuilders (applying efficient proximate case analysis to a third party claim, defeating pollution exclusion).
Dick has spoken at many WSTLA/WSAJ seminars including the Insurance Law Seminars. He admits the dubious distinction for warning at the 3rd or 7th Annual Insurance Law Seminar about a US Supreme Court case that seemed to federalize significant elements of Washington insurance law under some federal statute meant to protect employee pensions. Dick still fervently wishes he had been wrong about what ERISA might become.
Dick served on the WSTLA’s Board, on WSTLA’s Amicus Committee, served as Chair and Co-Chair of WSAJ/WSTLA’s Insurance Section and helped establish the WSAJ Foundation. He served three years on the WSBA Disciplinary Board; served on the WSBA Court Rules Committee; and served as a Conflicts Review Officer appointed by the Supreme Court. He has spoken and written concerning insurance or lawyer conduct in over 75 seminars or other publications intended for lawyers. Collapse
| Ian S. Birk|
Ian Stephen Birk practices in Keller Rohrback L.L.P.’s section for plaintiff tort litigation. Mr. Birk’s practice emphasizes representation of policyholders and other insureds in a broad range of disputes with insurance carriers. He has experience in...MoreIan Stephen Birk practices in Keller Rohrback L.L.P.’s section for plaintiff tort litigation. Mr. Birk’s practice emphasizes representation of policyholders and other insureds in a broad range of disputes with insurance carriers. He has experience in both first- and third-party coverages as well as insurance claim handling practices and regularly consults with other lawyers on insurance issues. Mr. Birk has represented people who have lost their home; lost their business; been diagnosed with debilitating diseases; or been the victim of physical injury.
In addition, Mr. Birk has represented individual and organizational clients in litigation and at trial in cases ranging from commercial disputes to automobile accidents to securities fraud. He has represented clients with severe brain injuries and clients who were defrauded of millions.
Mr. Birk serves as a volunteer attorney with the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic. He has served as Newsletter Editor of the American Association for Justice Insurance Section, Associate Editor for insurance law for the Trial News, the monthly publication of the Washington Association for Justice. He has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Washington and has received a 10.0/superb rating from Avvo.com. Before entering private practice, Mr. Birk clerked at the Washington Supreme Court. Collapse
| David J. Ward|
| Denise Diskin|
Denise Diskin is an associate at Teller & Associates, PLLC, where she litigates on behalf of individuals facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as families experiencing divorce and negotiating child custody. She represents individuals in...MoreDenise Diskin is an associate at Teller & Associates, PLLC, where she litigates on behalf of individuals facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as families experiencing divorce and negotiating child custody. She represents individuals in discrimination litigation, unemployment appeals, and family law proceedings. She frequently represents gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer or non-conforming clients and survivors of sex or gender-based harassment and domestic violence.
Prior to joining Teller & Associates, Denise graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law, then was the principal attorney of the Law Office of J. Denise Diskin. Ms. Diskin chaired the QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic Committee, and served on the QLaw Foundation Board from 2011-2013. She speaks frequently about employment discrimination and LGBTQ access to the legal system, and has presented to the Washington State Human Rights Commission, Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, and various community groups. Collapse
| Beth E. Terrell|
Beth E. Terrell is a founding member of Terrell Marshall Law Group, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington. She concentrates her practice in complex litigation, including the prosecution of consumer, defective product, and wage and hour class actions. Beth...MoreBeth E. Terrell is a founding member of Terrell Marshall Law Group, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington. She concentrates her practice in complex litigation, including the prosecution of consumer, defective product, and wage and hour class actions. Beth has served served as co-lead counsel on numerous multi-state and nationwide class actions. She also handles a variety of employment issues including employment discrimination, restrictive covenant litigation, and pre-litigation counseling and advice. Beth is a WSAJ Eagle and is the Chair of the Consumer Protection Section. Collapse
| Blythe H. Chandler|
Blythe H. Chandler is an associate at Terrell Marshall Law Group, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focuses on representing consumers in class actions. Prior to joining TMLG, Blythe served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher...MoreBlythe H. Chandler is an associate at Terrell Marshall Law Group, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focuses on representing consumers in class actions. Prior to joining TMLG, Blythe served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable John C. Coughenour of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Collapse
| Bryan Harnetiaux|
BRYAN P. HARNETIAUX is a Spokane lawyer. He is also a playwright. Since mid-1982, he has been a Coordinator for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) Amicus Committee, succeeded in 1999 by the WSTLA Foundation Amicus Committee, and...MoreBRYAN P. HARNETIAUX is a Spokane lawyer. He is also a playwright. Since mid-1982, he has been a Coordinator for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) Amicus Committee, succeeded in 1999 by the WSTLA Foundation Amicus Committee, and in 2009 by the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) Foundation Amicus Committee. He is currently Co-Coordinator of the WSAJ Foundation Amicus Committee, along with George Ahrend. This work entails preparing amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the organization.
In 1985, Mr. Harnetiaux received the prestigious WSAJ (formerly WSTLA) President's Award for this work. In 2007, he was awarded the Pillar of Justice Award by WSAJ (formerly WSTLA) for his long-time service to the Amicus Program. Mr. Harnetiaux is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a former Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee. He was one of the co-editors of the Second Edition of the Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook, and a contributing author to the Revised Second Edition and the Third Edition. Mr. Harnetiaux received his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1973, where he has long served as an adjunct professor, and teaches Foundations of Appellate Law. Collapse
| George Ahrend|
George Ahrend's practice focuses on appellate litigation, handling appeals and consulting on appellate matters in state and federal courts throughout the State of Washington. He also serves as Co-Coordinator of the Washington State Association for...MoreGeorge Ahrend's practice focuses on appellate litigation, handling appeals and consulting on appellate matters in state and federal courts throughout the State of Washington. He also serves as Co-Coordinator of the Washington State Association for Justice Foundation Amicus Committee. He obtained his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Gonzaga Law Review. Collapse
| Robert D. Bohm|
Robert D. Bohm is a trial lawyer at Robert D. Bohm, PLLC, who, from his offices in Washington State and Arizona, represents injured people and their families in cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury. Mr. Bohm has spent his...MoreRobert D. Bohm is a trial lawyer at Robert D. Bohm, PLLC, who, from his offices in Washington State and Arizona, represents injured people and their families in cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury. Mr. Bohm has spent his legal career advocating professionally and personally for the public good by promoting personal and corporate accountability, and safeguarding the rights of individuals and their families. He handles cases throughout the states of Washington and Arizona involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury including, but not limited to, premises liability, including resort and hotel injuries, falls, sexual assault and failure to provide adequate security, and property related insurance bad faith.
Robert earned his B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. degree from the University of Arizona. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. Mr. Bohm selected as a "Super Lawyer" in both Washington and Arizona. He was been named a “Best Lawyer in America” in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury.
Robert is admitted to practice in all Washington State courts, all Arizona State courts, the U.S. District Courts in Arizona and the Western & Eastern Districts of Washington, the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Robert is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice and serves on the WSAJ Continuing Legal Education Committee. He has served as president of the Arizona Association for Justice and has served that organization as chair of its Continuing Legal Education Committee, Legislative Committee and Advanced Trail Advocacy Conference. With the American Association for Justice, he has served or serves as a member of the President's Committee on the Federal Judiciary, the Law Schools Committee, the Resort Torts Litigation Group, the Jury Bias Litigation Group and the Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group, which he currently co-chairs. 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
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