Winter 2019

Defense News Winter 2019
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Alice C. Brown, Editor
‚ÄčKeodalah v. Allstate Ins. Co
by Paul Rosner
Cases addressing whether an insurance adjuster (and not simply the insurer) can be liable for bad faith don’t come about every day.  But they are not total eclipses either.  However, when this type of bad faith question does arise, it often involves the conduct of an outside adjusting company.  But in Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Co., the Washington Court of Appeals examined whether an adjuster, employed by an insurer, could be liable for bad faith.  The answer – yes (as well as for violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act).
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Washington Supreme Court Expands Retaliation Claims
by: Brian Augenthaler and Jayne Freeman
On November 29, 2018, in Cornwell v. Microsoft Corp., 430 P.3d 229 (Wash. 2018), the Washington Supreme Court adopted the broad “knew or suspected” standard for determining whether a causal link exits between an employee’s protected activity and an adverse employment action for purposes of establishing a retaliation claim under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (the “WLAD”)., RCW Ch. 49.60.
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A Forensic Accountant's Wish List
by: Mark R. Newton CPA/ABV, CFF
It is a common practice for attorneys to hire forensic accountants to assist in analyzing both simple and complex records relating to claims of lost income.  But how many of us know what records to obtain to assist the accountants with their job?  The following article lists accounting records and information that are often required, necessary or at least very desirable (only an accountant would say accounting records are desirable), when they are faced with a case involving economic or accounting issues.
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Member News

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Defense Successes
In each edition, the Defense News features successes of our members and colleagues. WDTL is proud of our defense attorneys and we would like to share their accomplishments. We would love to hear from you. Please share your stories with our Editor-in-Chief for publishing in the Defense News.
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Upcoming WDTL Events
Eastern Washington Judicial Reception
March 7, 2019
Annual Insurance Law Update
Aprill 26, 2019
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Welcome New WDTL Members
Petra Ambrose
Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP

Colton Arias
Mix Sanders Thompson PLLC

Nathan Bailey
Winterbauer & Diamond
Referred by Steven Winterbauer

Peter R. Barnett
Cole | Wathen | Leid | Hall PC
Referred by Kimberly Rider

Rachel L. Bench

Kathryn L Childers
Lee Smart, PS, Inc

Ian De Verna
Allstate Insurance Staff Counsel
Referred by Allstate Staff Counsel

Stacy Demass
Law Office of Mark Dietzler - Liberty Mutual

David K. Eckberg
Betts Patterson Mines

Erika Joyce Evans
Seattle City Attorney's Office

Nicholas Aaron Gillard-Byers
Winterbauer & Diamond
Referred by Steven Winterbauer

Lorianne Hanson
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Referred by Jeanne F. Loftis

Milana Hutchinson
Progressive Insurance

Matthew R. Jedreski
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Shaina Johnson
Betts Patterson Mines
Referred by Betts Patterson & Mines

Brennen Johnson
Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz, & Wick

Patrick Seamus Keefe
Bennett Bigelow & Leedom
Referred by Eric Byrd

Michelle Elizabeth Kierce
Betts Patterson & Mines, P.S.
Referred by Betts Patterson & Mines

Justine Theresa Koehle
Jonathan Missen
Law Office of Mark Dietzler

Michael J Morgan
Referred by Chris Roess

Jeremy L Muth
Cole | Wathen | Leid | Hall P.C.

Julia Norwood
Ogden Murphy Wallace

Tiffany Marie Owens
Allstate Staff Counsel
Referred by Vivienne Alpaugh

Zackary Paal
Foley & Mansfield PLLP

Kyle Joseph Rekofke
Lee Smart, P.S., Inc.

Joseph Q. Ridgeway

Jeff Sbaih
Wilson Smith Cochran Dickerson

Jay Simmons
Law Offices of Mark Dietzler
Referred by Scott Noel

Terri A. Sutton
Cozen O'Connor
Referred by Jodi McDougall

Catherine Elizabeth Sutton
Smith Freed & Eberhard
Referred by Gordon C. Klub

Jesse Taylor
Betts Patterson Mines

Megan E. Uhle
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Stryder James Wegener
Emerald City Law Group Inc.

Jason Alan Winnell
Law Offices of Jason A. Winnell

Emory Wogenstahl

Matthew T Wood
Law Office of Gerrit J Ayers
Referred by Barrett Schulze

Michelle N Yotter
Tacoma City Attorney's Office
Referred by Jean Holman
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