2019 Insurance Law CLE: Recharge Your Insurance Law Practice

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


2019 Insurance Law CLE:
Recharge Your Insurance Law Practice Chairpersons: Janelle Carney and Micah LeBank
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Westin Hotel, Seattle and via webcast

8:20-8:30 Welcome and Opening
Chairpersons Janelle Carney, GLP Attorneys PS Inc, Spokane & Micah LeBank, Connelly Law Offices, Tacoma
8:30-9:00 IFCA in the Wake of Perez-Cristanos
Isaac Ruiz
9:00-9:30 Homeowners' Bad Faith
Mike Watkins, Law Offices of Michael T. Watkins, Seattle
9:30-10:00 Looking at 3rd Party Bad Faith
Micah LeBank, Connelly Law Offices, Tacoma
10:00-10:30 Identifying UIM Bad Faith in an MVA
Sara Maleki, GLP Attorneys PS Inc, Spokane
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Discovery in a UIM Bad Faith Case
Jeff Comstock, GLP Attorneys PS Inc, Seattle
Scott Shawver, GLP Attorneys PS Inc, Seattle
11:30-12:00 Amicus Update
WSAJ Amicus Co-Coordinators Dan Huntington, Richter-Wimberley PS, Spokane & Valerie McOmie, Valerie McOmie, Attorney at Law, Camas
12:00-12:45 Lunch (box lunches included in tuition)
12:45-1:15 A Guide to PIP
Janelle Carney, GLP Attorneys PS Inc, Spokane
1:15-1:45 Are Risk Pools Insurance?
Phil Talmadge, Talmadge/Fitzpatrick, Seattle
1:45-2:15 A Defense Attorney's Perspective on Bad Faith
Mary Owen, Mary E. Owen Consulting and Mediation Services, Seattle
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:00 Trying the IFCA/CPA/Bad Faith Case
Gary Williams, Williams Law Office, Quilcene
3:00-3:30 How to Behave When the Defense Doesn't
The Honorable Deborah Senn, Deborah Senn Law Offices, Seattle
3:30-4:00 Using Experts in Bad Faith Cases
Steve Strzelec, Strzelec Consulting Services, Seattle

Janelle M. Carney
Janelle M. Carney is the Managing Shareholder 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...More
Jeff Comstock
Jeff Comstock is an Associate Attorney working out of the Seattle office of GLP Attorneys. He has been a proud WSAJ EAGLE member since 2015. Jeff has long sought to help individuals through legal advocacy, starting with his work in the Lewis and...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
Micah LeBank
Micah’s practice focuses on representing individuals and families who have suffered serious injury or loss in a variety of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. His passion lies in helping those who need it most – individuals. Micah is most...More
Sara Maleki
Sara Maleki is an Associate Attorney in the Spokane office of Graham Lundberg Peschel.Prior to joining GLP, Sara was an Associate Attorney at Casey Law Offices, P.S., in Spokane, WA. While at Casey Law Offices, she represented exclusively...More
Valerie McOmie
Valerie McOmie is a lawyer from Camas, Washington, in Clark County. Valerie received her B.A. from the University of Washington, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Following law school, Valerie did a clerkship for U.S. District...More
Mary E. Owen, Esq.
Principal - Mary Owen Consulting
Ms. Owen has been practicing law in Washington State for over 35 years. The focus of her practice has been in the area of Insurance Law in which she analyzed the proper handling of property and liability claims. Initially, she worked in the private...More
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

Hon. Deborah Senn
Deborah Senn served two terms as Washington’s seventh insurance commissioner (1993-2001) and served as the first woman elected to the office. A strong consumer advocate, she was called “the best insurance commissioner in the United States.”


Scott Shawver
Scott is an Associate Attorney for the Seattle office of GLP Attorneys. He has been a proud EAGLE member since 2012. Scott finds satisfaction in working to help injured clients and helping them obtain justice.

Scott devotes 100% of his...More

Steve Strzelec
Stephen L. Strzelec worked at State Farm for over 17 years, spending his last 8 years at State Farm as the Auto/Fire Section Manager responsible for all claims in the state of Alaska. He has been working as a Claims Practices Consultant since 2002...More
Phillip A. Talmadge
PHIL TALMADGE is a graduate of West Seattle High School as a National Merit scholar. He has a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Washington where he was on the Law Review.

Phil served in the Washington...More

Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins was admitted to the California State Bar in 1978 and the Washington State Bar in 1983. He has held various legal positions including Deputy District Attorney, criminal defense attorney, insurance defense attorney and plaintiff’s...More
Gary Williams
Gary Williams first encountered insurance claims when he went to work at Safeco in 1968. He then attended University of Puget Sound School of Law, from 1975 - 1979. During law school he was an Independent Adjuster. His law practice has always...More

Originally Published

May 8, 2019

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Insurance Law CLE - Paper
  • IFCA in the Wake of Perez-Cristanos
  • Homeowners' Bad Faith
  • Looking at 3rd Party Bad Faith
  • Identifying UIM Bad Faith in an MVA
  • Discovery in a UIM Bad Faith Case
  • Amicus Update
  • A Guide to PIP
  • Are Risk Pools Insurance?
  • A Defense Attorney's Perspective on Bad Faith
  • Trying the IFCA/CPA/Bad Faith Case
  • How to Behave When the Defense Doesn't
  • Using Experts in Bad Faith Cases

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