In July, 2015, Mike Rogers tried an insurance coverage case in which the policyholder contended a landslide on his property was caused by an earthquake that occurred four days earlier. The court ruled that the earthquake did not cause the slide, and therefore an earthquake endorsement did not apply.
Congratulations to Pam Okano, Jack Rankin, and Bill Hickman. Each made the list of 2016 Best Lawyers for the Pacific Northwest. Pam was named for Appellate Practice and Insurance Law. Jack was named for Construction Practice and Insurance Law. Bill was named for Appellate Practice.
Congratulations to Bill Hickman. Bill has been listed in the 22nd Edition of Best Lawyers in America. He was selected by his peers for Appellate Practice.
On June 30, 2015, Marilee Erickson presented at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”) Educational Conference in Seattle. Marilee participated in the “Institutional Bad Faith: Are You Insulated?” discussion.
Reed McClure is proud to announce that Bill Hickman, Jack Rankin, and Pam Okano were again named to Thomson Reuters’ 2015 Washington Super Lawyers list and that Jason Vacha was named to Thomson Reuters’ 2015 Rising Star list.
Pam Okano presented a Washington coverage update at the Puget Sound Claim Managers Council on May 13.
Pam Okano spoke at WDTL’s Insurance Law Seminar in Seattle on April 24, 2015 and presented her annual Insurance Law Update. Jason Vacha, Chair of the Insurance Practice Section of WDTL, chaired the seminar.
On April 24, 2015, Mike Rogers‘ client won summary judgment dismissing IFCA, bad faith, and Consumer Protection Act claims in a dispute over PIP coverage. The court agreed that the claims should be dismissed both on the merits and based on statutes of limitations.
On April 13 2015, Mike Rogers‘ client won a summary judgment motion dismissing a lawsuit in Washington federal court. The court rejected the plaintiff’s attempt to bring a theft claim under a policy that had been cancelled.
Reed McClure presented its Thirteenth Insurance Law Seminar at the Cedarbrook Lodge on October 10, 2014. The seminar featured lively, informative presentations on a wide range of insurance topics.
Jason Vacha recently spoke on handling documents and exhibits at depositions and deposition objections at the Pincus Professional Education CLE: “Depos: Mastering the Deposition: a Critical Skills Workshop.”
Marilee Erickson recently spoke on Tips for Writing Memorable and Influential Appellate Briefs at the WSBA Litigation Section CLE–The Convincing Litigator: Persuasive Techniques to Influence Case Outcomes.
On June 26, Mike Rogers and Marilee Erickson spoke at a Northwest Insurance Coverage Association panel presentation on the recent Miller v. Kenney & Safeco decision, which addressed, among other things, the effect of covenant judgments on damages in bad faith claims. Mike served as moderator and Marilee spoke as a member of the panel.
Reed McClure is proud to announce that Bill Hickman, Jack Rankin, Pam Okano, and Marilee Erickson were again named to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 Washington Super Lawyers list and that Jason Vacha was named to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 Rising Stars list.
On June 2, Division I of the Court of Appeals issued a published decision holding that State Farm owed no duty to defend a property owner who is voluntarily remediating a polluted gas station site. Mike Rogers represented State Farm. (Published Opinion)
Bill Hickman presented an update on Washington insurance case law developments at the May 15, 2014, annual Education Day seminar held by the Northwest Chapter of the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals.
Pam Okano and Mike Rogers spoke at WDTL’s Insurance Law seminar in Seattle on May 2, 2014. Jason Vacha, Chair of the Insurance Practice Section of WDTL, chaired the seminar. Pam presented her annual Insurance Law Update. Mike discussed the Cedell case which limits the attorney-client privilege for insurance companies.
Bill Hickman presented an update on Washington insurance case law developments at the February 6, 2014, Pacific Northwest Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society Chapter meeting.
Best Lawyers has recognized Reed McClure’s stellar appellate practice, selecting the firm as a 2014 “Best Law Firm” for appellate work.
Jason Vacha successfully defended another automobile personal injury lawsuit in a jury trial in King County Superior Court in late October of 2013. Mr. Vacha’s client admitted liability at the outset and admitted damages of $6,899. The jury was asked to determine additional damages. Plaintiff asked for more than $230,000 in additional damages, while Mr. Vacha suggested an award of $3,000 additional. The jury took Mr. Vacha’s recommendation and awarded $3,000 in additional damages, beyond the agreed amount. The matter was not appealed.
On September 27, Mike Rogers spoke at the Northwest Insurance Coverage Association meeting concerning Cedell v. Farmers Insurance Company, which addressed whether an insurer may assert an attorney-client privilege in a bad faith suit.
William Fuld and Caroline Ketchley spoke at the National Business Institute’s Personal Injury 101 seminar on September 25, 2013.
Pam Okano was recently named to the 2014 Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Coverage list.