Insurance Coverage and Defense


Having represented insurance companies, brokers, businesses, financial institutions, and individuals on insurance coverage issues for decades, our insurance coverage and defense practice group has the training and experience to get results. From drafting and revising policy forms, to navigating compliance with regulatory agencies, assisting in intercompany arbitration, litigating coverage disputes, or representing insurers and insureds in trial, we work with clients to protect and serve their interests. Our attorneys and support staff understand the unique issues faced by insurers, and efficiently and effectively know how to navigate the increasingly hostile claims environment.

We advise our clients using our familiarity with state and federal law to avoid disputes where possible, while providing expertise in determining coverage, as well as practical considerations to help reach the best possible overall result. Whether you prefer to litigate a claim from trial through appeal, arbitrate, or mediate an agreed settlement, our team has the experience to guide your matter to successful resolution.

Nationally and Locally

Our clients include the largest national insurers, as well as smaller brokers and local insurers. We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel. When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts. With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.

Broad Risk Experience

Our insurance coverage and defense team has experience with a broad range of insurance coverage issues including:

  • Automobile
  • Bad faith
  • Construction defect
  • Environmental
  • General liability
  • Industry-specific licensing bonds
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Surety bonds, including fidelity, construction payment, and performance bonds
  • Toxic tort
  • Unfair claim practices

Defending Clients in State and Federal Courts

We defend individuals, insurers, and businesses faced with the stress and financial impact of a lawsuit filed against them. Unlike some litigators who have never seen the inside of a courtroom, our team members regularly represent clients in State and Federal courtrooms throughout Oregon, Washington, and beyond. Achieving the best results requires being prepared to go to trial when necessary, while being willing to compromise when appropriate. Our team members are trial attorneys with experience effectively persuading judges and jurors to rule for insurers, individuals, and businesses.

Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation

Some clients prefer alternative dispute resolution (ADR) because of the uncertainty and cost of a jury trial. Our insurance coverage and defense attorneys are well-versed in mediation, arbitration, and other types of litigation. We pride ourselves on out-of-the-box thinking and alternatives to reach the desired result. Whether through mediation, binding, non-binding, high-low, baseball, or standard arbitration, our attorneys have experience with a wide variety of approaches to resolve claims through ADR. We know what works best for a case because we also frequently serve as arbitrators and mediators.

Our Team

Our trial attorneys have earned the respect of clients and opponents alike. That is reflected, not only in the frequency with which we are chosen to serve as mediators or arbitrators, but through our appointment and election to industry boards, committees, task forces, and legislative work groups. We work collaboratively for the benefit of our clients, as well as for the benefit of our community.


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