WSAJ's 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


WSAJ's Annual Insurance Law Seminar
Episode 38: Harnessing the Force in Insurance Cases

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
10:00-10:15 BREAK
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 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

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...More
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...More
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,...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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....More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More

Originally Published

January 22, 2016

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar - Paper
  • 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar Part 1 - Video
  • 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar Part 2 - Video
  • 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar Part 3 - Video
  • 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar Part 4 - Video
  • 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar Part 5 - Video

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