Event Calendar

Sunday, May 31, 2026

On Demand: 2023 Annual Insurance Law Update

Start Date: 5/31/2023 8:00 AM PDT
End Date: 5/31/2026 5:00 PM PDT

Organization Name: WDTL

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

Credit Card Payments Only

WDTL Members: $225

Non Members: $300

6.5 WSBA CLE credits

You are purchasing an on demand video.  
Following registration, you will receive an email with a link to the video and instructions for obtaining CLE Credit. 

Opening Remarks
Jason Vacha, Reed McClure
Insurance Case Law Update
Sally Clements, Forsberg & Umlauf
Zabrina Delgado, Bullivant Houser
Pam DeVet, Bullivant Houser
Galina Kletser Jakobson, Forsberg & Umlauf
“Some Thoughts on using a Claim Handling Expert.”
Dennis Smith
AI and the Ethics of Using it in the Legal Setting
Betsy Smith, Law Office of Elizabeth G. Smith
Judge Coreen Wilson, King County Superior Court
Covid 19 Update – Post-Hill and Stout
Kim Reppart, Forsberg & Umlauf
Removal/Federal Practice Update
Ryan Hesselgesser, Forsberg & Umlauf
Prep for Claims Personnel
Carl Forsberg, Forsberg & Umlauf
Dec Action / Covenant Judgments / Reasonableness Hearings
Tom Ahearne, Foster Garvey
Joanne Blackburn, Ropers Majeski
Beasley and “actual damages” under IFCA / UIM issues
Jennifer Aragon, Forsberg & Umlauf
Kim Reppart, Forsberg & Umlauf


Jason Vacha, Reed McClure

Jason Vacha, a shareholder at Reed McClure practices in the areas of insurance coverage (including litigation of bad faith and extra-contractual claims), insurance defense, general civil litigation and appellate litigation. He has a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and a B.A. from Gonzaga University. Mr. Vacha has been named a Thomas Reuters Super Lawyer each year from 2020-2022. He was named a Thomson Reuters Rising Star each year from 2012 — 2016.

Mr. Vacha was raised in Spokane, Washington. He is admitted to practice in the State of Washington, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Vacha has experience representing insurance carriers in complex insurance coverage, underinsured motorist, and alleged bad faith matters. He also has experience representing corporations, companies, and individuals in personal injury, premises liability, construction defect, and breach of contract claims.

Mr. Vacha is Chair of the Insurance Practice Section of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers and, from 2006 to 2020, served on the editorial board of the Insurance Litigation Reporter, a semi-monthly publication, reviewing recent developments of national significance in insurance law.

Fighting for justice and balance in civil courts.