News

January 2020

Brian Driscoll Joins Portland Office

January 30th, 2020|

The partners of Preg, O’Donnell & Gillett are pleased to announce that attorney Brian Driscoll has joined our Portland office as an Of Counsel attorney. Brian brings 20 years of insurance defense litigation experience to the Portland office. Brian has received favorable jury verdicts for his clients in Oregon, Washington, and Connecticut with ten […]

December 2019

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett Collects Coats for Those in Need

December 23rd, 2019|

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett participated in the 2019 Annual Golden Coat Drive through The Defense Research Institute (DRI).   POG employees donated 35 coats along with winter accessories such as gloves and scarves.   These items will be given to local shelters, elder care centers, veterans’ centers and women’s centers.   Collecting coats saves lives, as the […]

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett Collects 280 Books for Its Holiday Giving Program!

December 13th, 2019|

POG wholeheartedly accepted the children’s book drive challenge from the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (“WDTL”) extended to civil defense law firms.  WDTL partnered with the Toys for Tots Literacy Program in its mission to offer economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to […]

November 2019

Members Bill Cornell and John Butler to Speak at Condominium Seminar on December 17, 2019

November 15th, 2019|

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett Members Bill Cornell and John Butler have been invited to speak at an upcoming seminar, Condominiums, HOAs and the Future of Construction Defect Claims, hosted by The Seminar Group.  The seminar will be held at the Washington Athletic Club on December 17, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m.   Mr. Cornell has […]

October 2019

Luisa Hernandez Joins Preg O’Donnell & Gillett

October 21st, 2019|

Preg, O’Donnell & Gillett is pleased to announce that Luisa Hernandez has joined the firm as an Associate in the firm’s Seattle office.  Ms. Hernandez’s practice will focus on a broad range of civil matters including insurance defense, employment, personal injury and school law.

Prior to joining Preg O’Donnell & Gillett as an associate, Ms. […]

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett Partners Speak at School Law Liability Conference

October 16th, 2019|

Several Preg O’Donnell Gillett partners were featured speakers at a recent School Law liability Conference.  Founding member Mark O’Donnell spoke on the issue of liability exposure for suicide, partner Emma Gillespie spoke on as navigating student mental health issues, including threat assessments, and partner Jeff Daly spoke on data privacy and breach protocols.  The […]

A close call: Washington insurance adjusters are not subject to personal liability for insurance bad faith or CPA claims after Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Company

October 4th, 2019|

In a narrowly divided opinion (5-4), the Washington Supreme Court recently held that an insurer’s employees adjusters are not subject to personal liability for bad faith or CPA claims. A link to the decision can be found here Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Company

RAW 48.01.030 does not create an implied cause of action for insurance bad […]

September 2019

Small Steps Toward 
Promising Change – Breaking down the 2019 amendments to Washington’s Common Interest Ownership Act

September 27th, 2019|

Click on this link to view the original article which was published in CLM Magazine on September 24, 2019 – Small Steps Toward Promising Change

In 2018, Washington’s legislature enacted the Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA). WUCIOA adds a new chapter to the Revised Code of Washington that governs the formation, management, and termination of condominiums, cooperatives, […]

Third Defense Verdict for Preg O’Donnell & Gillett in 2019

September 20th, 2019|

POG lawyer’s have tried 3 cases to verdict in 2019, with each representing significant defense victories.

In September, founding member Mark O’Donnell and associate Karen Phu obtained a significant defense victory in a personal injury case tried in Kitsap County Superior Court. The plaintiff tripped over a metal cable barrier strung between concrete posts while […]

Bennett Hansen and Justin Bolster win defense verdict

September 6th, 2019|

On September 13, 2019, Preg O’Donnell & Gillett members Bennett Hansen and Justin Bolster achieved a complete defense verdict for their homeowner clients in a property damage case in King County Superior Court.  Plaintiff sought in excess of $600,000 for property damages allegedly resulting from a trespass by contractors hired by the homeowners.  After […]