Event Calendar

Thursday, June 9, 2022

PCIEO: Understanding Automobile Insurance Policy Fundamentals

Start Date: 6/9/2022 12:00 PM PDT
End Date: 6/9/2022 1:00 PM PDT

Organization Name: WDTL

Maggie Sweeney
Email: maggie@wdtl.org
Phone: (206) 749-0319

Sponsor: WDTL Auto & Trucking Committee

1 WSBA CLE credit confirmed

This Lunch & Learn is intended to be a primer for young attorneys fresh out of law school and more experienced attorneys who are new to handling auto cases.  One doesn't need to be a master coverage attorney to handle bodily-injury automobile defense matters involving liability and UIM coverage, but a basic understanding of automobile policy construction, coverage analysis, and various Washington statutes and administrative code provisions that affect coverage and claim handling is a necessary component of any auto litigator’s toolbox.

We will begin with a discussion of declaration pages and policy forms, analyze coverage using a mnemonic specific to automobile policies (policy/car/insured/exclusions/other insurance), and touch upon Washington's UIM and PIP statutes and Washington Administrative Code basics in the context of handling first-party versus third-party matters.

Levi Bendele, Partner, Holt Woods & Scisciani
John Barton, Partner, Holt Woods & Scisciani
Levi Bendele is a civil defense attorney who defends insureds and insurance companies.  He worked for State Farm claims in the late 90s and for the last 20+ years has defended a variety of cases, including automobile liability and UM/UIM, premise liability, construction injury and defect, premises liability, HOA litigation, professional liability, and insurance matters involving EUOs, PIP, coverage, bad faith and IFCA claims.  He has been a member of WDTL since the early 2000s, was formerly a board member, and currently heads the Auto and Trucking Practice Group. 

John Barton is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Washington.  Earlier in his career, John worked as a staff attorney for the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Washington. Thereafter, he represented homeowner and condominium associations across western Washington in matters including general HOA liability and governance, collections, and foreclosure. Currently, he defends a variety of cases, including automobile liability and UM/UIM, premise liability, HOA litigation, timber trespass, and adverse possession.

Fighting for justice and balance in civil courts.