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. His primary clients include international and national insurance companies, smaller insurers and independent adjusting firms. He also represents contractors, property owners, and business owners. His practice predominantly involves complex insurance coverage disputes and extra-contractual claims.
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 initial legal advice and coverage opinions to the litigation, trial, and appeal of complex coverage and extracontractual actions.
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.
M. Colleen Barrett is a Mediator with Barrett Mediation PLLC. Since 2013, she has worked exclusively as a neutral, mediating a wide variety of cases to a resolution. She is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation only group of peer reviewed mediators and arbitrators. She also has 30 years of previous experience as a litigator.
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 is a panelist at Judicial Dispute Resolution LLC, where she is a full-time mediator, arbitrator, and special master since 2010. The matters she handles include personal injury, employment, asbestos, maritime, insurance coverage, and real property, business and commercial disputes.
Dale L. Kingman, a partner with Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP, is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on the resolution of complex insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders. He is known for his experience and familiarity with property insurance throughout the United States.
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.
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. She also represents plaintiffs seeking redress against insured parties and consults with other attorneys in need of insurance expertise.
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.
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, teaching torts, paralegal success strategies and litigation.
Kyle Sturm, a partner with Foreman Sturm & Thede LLP, focuses on insurance recovery and resolution of construction and commercial disputes. He handles insurance claims across many industries, with emphasis on recovery for commercial policyholders and governmental institutions.
Tristan Swanson joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in April 2019 as partner. His practice focuses 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.