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Friday, May 5, 2023

2023 Annual Insurance Law Update

Start Date: 5/5/2023 8:20 AM PDT
End Date: 5/5/2023 4:30 PM PDT

Organization Name: WDTL

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

Join us for WDTL's most popular CLE of the year!

6.5 WSBA CLE Credits confirmed.

WDTL Members: $195
Non Members: $275

Chair: Jason Vacha, Reed McClure
8:20 – 8:30 Opening Remarks
Jason Vacha, Reed McClure
8:30 – 9:30 Insurance Law Update
Sally Clements, Forsberg & Umlauf
Zabrina Delgado, Bullivant Houser
Pam DeVet, Bullivant Houser
Galina Kletser Jakobson, Forsberg & Umlauf
9:30 – 10:30 “Some Thoughts on using a Claim Handling Expert.”
Dennis Smith
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Break
10:45 – 11:45 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
11:45 – 12:15 Covid 19 Update – post-Hill and Stout
Kim Reppart, Forsberg & Umlauf
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch Break
1:15 – 1:45 Removal/Federal Practice Update
Ryan Hesselgesser, Forsberg & Umlauf
1:45 – 2:45 Prep for Claims Personnel
Carl Forsberg, Forsberg & Umlauf
2:45 – 3:00 Break & Prize Drawings
3:00 – 3:45 Dec Action / Covenant Judgments / Reasonableness Hearings
Tom Ahearne, Foster Garvey
Joanne Blackburn, Ropers Majeski
3:45 – 4:30 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.

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