Michael E. Farnell, Program Co-Chair, is a founding partner of Parsons Farnell & Grein LLP and leads the firm’s policyholder insurance recovery group. He is one of the most sought-after insurance coverage attorneys in the Northwest exclusively representing policyholders. He has represented businesses and individuals in disputes with insurance companies for nearly 20 years.
Thomas Lether, Program Co-Chair, is the owner and managing shareholder of Lether & Associates PLLC. He has been involved in insurance and commercial litigation since 1988. His practice predominantly involves the representation of insurance companies and individuals in the investigation, adjustment and defense of complex coverage matters.
Eric J. Neal, Program Co-Chair, is a shareholder with Lether & Associates PLLC. His practice involves complex coverage and bad faith litigation involving multiple coverage lines, including commercial, personal, professional, municipal, and reinsurance. This includes everything from initial legal advice and coverage opinions to the litigation, trial, and appeal of complex coverage and extracontractual actions in state and federal court across multiple jurisdictions.
Stephanie Andersen, shareholder with Forsberg & Umlauf PS, has advised insurers on coverage and alleged bad faith in Washington since 1992 She advises insurers on first and third party coverage lines, and has defended insurers against bad faith and IFCA class action matters.
Robert Bonaparte, partner with Shenker & Bonaparte LLP, is one of the premier lawyers in Oregon representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. HIs areas of practice include property insurance claims, fire loss claims, business interruption, insurance claims, civil litigation, complex litigation and environmental law.
Chester D. Hill, attorney with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP, focuses his practice on all areas of commercial, financial, and real estate litigation. He has experience representing commercial landlords in disputes against tenants, including forcible entry and detainer actions and breach of lease lawsuits.
Hon. Paris K. Kallas, a panelist with Judicial Dispute Resolution LLC, was appointed to the King County Superior Court in 2001 by Governor Gary Locke and served until 2010. She presided over the full range of civil and criminal cases, including complex litigation and high-profile matters.
Dale L. Kingman, a partner with Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP, focuses on the resolution of complex insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders throughout the U.S. In addition, he handles select commercial disputes, especially within the construction industry.
Haley K. Krug, a partner with Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Dempsey PLLC, is an accomplished business litigator and trial lawyer who focuses her practice on insurance recovery for policyholders. She has successfully litigated insurance coverage disputes under the full range of first- and third-party commercial coverages, including general liability, management liability, professional liability, and business property.
Gabriel J. Le Chevallier, partner with Parsons Farnell & Grein LLP, represents businesses, executives, bankruptcy trusts, and individuals to obtain coverage for their losses. He has secured coverage for clients under a wide variety of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, recall, errors and omissions, directors and officers, and crime theft policies.
Emily S. Miller is a member of Miller Nies LLC, a boutique law firm specializing in the recovery of liability insurance for policyholders and other claimants. She often represents defendant policyholders seeking coverage under their own liability policies.
Hon. Karsten H. Rasmussen, founder of KHR Mediation, is a Senior Circuit Court Judge and recently transitioned into his new career as a full-time mediator. He served as a sitting Judge with the Lane County Circuit Court from 1999-2018, and as Presiding Judge from 2012-17.
Hon. Ken Schubert joined the King County Superior Court bench on January 14, 2013 after his election to an open seat the prior year. He was re-elected in 2016. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Department after serving as the Chief Civil Judge for 2018.
Christopher J. Soelling is a full-time mediator and arbitrator at his private practice, Christopher J. Soelling PLLC. He has mediated thousands of cases, from simple home remodeling disputes to multi-party claims involving bridges, water lines, condominiums, and office towers. He has also frequently served as an arbitrator.
Gary Sparling is a shareholder with Soha & Lang PS. His practice emphasizes insurance coverage, commercial and construction litigation, and appellate practice. He is also a part-time instructor in the paralegal program at Edmonds Community College.
Tristan Swanson, partner with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, focuses his practice on construction, real estate, and insurance coverage disputes. He represents contractors, subcontractors, owners, landlords, and developers and has achieved successful outcomes for clients in state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute proceedings.
Karen S. Weaver, principal with Weaver Expert & Legal Services, is an insurance coverage and bad faith expert witness, third party neutral and legal consultant for all lines of coverage. She also handles policy drafting and interpretation. She has over 35 years' experience with civil litigation, legal opinions and appeals.
Angelia D. Wesch is managing partner with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP. She helps construction clients, real estate developers and property owners solve big, complex problems related to heavy civil infrastructure projects, differing site conditions, and delay and impact claims where knowledge of insurance coverage and insurance recovery strategies is essential.