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October 2019

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 […]

August 2019

Preg O’Donnell & WDTL Help Foster Youth

August 28th, 2019|

 

While most members of the Washington Bar were dealing with the daily demands of practicing law or taking time off to enjoy the one month of guaranteed sunshine in the Pacific Northwest, this past August, Washington Defense Trial Layers (WDTL) rolled up their sleeves and gathered school supplies and backpacks for Treehouse.

Founded in 1988, […]

July 2019

Summary Judgment Obtained by Preg, O’Donnell For Property Owner & Manager Clients

July 30th, 2019|

On July 26, 2019, the Honorable Michael Scott granted summary judgment in favor of Preg, O’Donnell & Gillett’s clients after hearing oral argument from POG member Lori O’Tool. The plaintiff allegedly slipped and fell while shopping at a Washington retail property owned and managed by POG’s clients. The plaintiff further claimed that she slipped […]

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett Recognized as Top 50 Law Firm in Region

July 1st, 2019|

The Puget Sound Business Journal recently again recognized Preg O’Donnell & Gillett as a top 50 law firm in the Puget Sound region. This recognition is a result of dedicated staff and attorneys who thoughtfully serve our clients on every matter, every day, consistent with the firm’s core values of Service, Passion, Excellence and […]

Jason Harrington Selected for Inclusion in Rising Stars List for Washington State

July 1st, 2019|

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett is pleased to announce that Jason Harrington has been selected to the Washington State Rising Stars list for 2019. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Washington State. To be eligible for the Rising Stars list, a candidate must be either 40 years […]

Mark O’Donnell and Eric Gillett Selected for Inclusion in their Ninth Straight Super Lawyers List for Washington State

July 1st, 2019|

Preg, O’Donnell & Gillett is pleased to announce that founding members Mark F. O’Donnell and Eric P. Gillett have been selected to the Washington State Super Lawyers list for 2019. This is the ninth straight year that Mark and Eric have been awarded this distinction.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced […]

June 2019

Attorney Lizz Esfeld joins Portland office

June 10th, 2019|

Preg, O’Donnell & Gillett is pleased to announce the addition of Anna Elizabeth “Lizz” Esfeld to the firm’s Portland office. Ms. Esfeld’s practice focuses on complex litigation matters including insurance defense, commercial, construction, employment, personal injury, malpractice, and insurance coverage claims. Ms. Esfeld’s advocacy skills have allowed her to obtain defense verdicts at trial […]