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Diana Marie Dearmin

Practice areas:

Litigation, Personal Injury, Business, Employment & Labor, Insurance

About Me

As a civil trial lawyer, I represent corporate, public  and  individual clients in a broad range of matters, including cases involving complex business disputes, fraud, employment and personal injury. I also serve as an arbitrator and mediator. 


 


Before joining Dearmin Fogarty PLLC, I was a Lead Attorney at the Safeco Seattle Legal Department where I was staff counsel from 2001–2008. At Safeco, I defended a wide variety of claims, including wrongful death, professional negligence, products liability, admiralty, underinsured/uninsured motorist claims and cases where a reservation of rights had been issued to the client by its insurance company.  I have also practiced as a commercial litigator with Riddell Williams and Williams Kastner. 


 


With my broad range of experience, I am able to quickly analyze the matter at hand and work with our client to develop and implement an effective litgation strategy, regardless of the size of the matter. I am dedicated to zealously advocating on behalf of our clients, while striving to to treat the courts, its staff, opposing counsel and their staff respectfully and professionally.


 


I enjoy cooking, eating, entertaining, travel, photography, reading, hiking, and, last, but not least, hanging with our two pooches.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    20 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    20 years
  3. Business: 20%
    20 years
  4. Insurance: 15%
    13 years
  5. Employment & Labor: 15%
    18 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Mario Manuel Cava

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. Diana Dearmin is an exquisite lawyer. She is a competent and formidible litigator. I have referred clients to her office without hesitation. She practices law with compassion and a fierce work ethic.

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    Mario Cava Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Molly Farr Kosten

    Diana is a smart, tough adversary and an effective advocate for her clients. It was a pleasure to work with her.

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    Molly Kosten Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Dearmin Fogarty PLLC

705 2nd Ave, Suite 1050
Seattle, WA, 98104

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199307/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyer2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyer2013
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2011
AmJur Administrative Law AwardN/A1993
Dean's ListN/A1993
Byron D. Scott ScholarshipN/A1992
AmJur Legal Writing II AwardN/A1992
Dean's ListN/A1992
Dean's ListN/A1991
Am Jur Legal Writing I AwardN/A1991
Year-end ScholarshipN/A1991
Law ReviewN/A1991
1st Place, Client Counseling CompetitionN/A1991

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberDearmin Fogarty PLLC2008 - Present
Lead AttorneySafeco Seattle Legal2001 - 2008
PrincipalRiddell Williams P.S.1997 - 2001
AssociateWilliams, Kastner & Gibbs LLP1995 - 1997
Law Clerk, Honorable Rosselle PekelisWashington State Supreme Court1995 - 1995
Law Clerk, Honorable Rosselle PekelisWashington State Court of Appeals, Division I1993 - 1995
Summer AssociateWilliams, Kastner, & Gibbs LLP1992 - 1992

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel SectionMember2014 - Present
Claims and Litigation Management AllianceMember2014 - Present
Magnolia Community CouncilPast President2012 - 2014
Magnolia Community CouncilPresident2010 - 2012
Magnolia Community CouncilVice President2009 - 2009
WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2009 - Present
Magnolia Community CouncilTrustee2008 - 2009
Safeco Street LawVolunteer2006 - 2007
Safeco National CLE CommitteeMember2006 - 2007
Safeco Seattle Legal DepartmentLaw Clerk Committee Chair2003 - 2008
King County Bar AssociationLegal Clinic Volunteer2002 - Present
Safeco Seattle Legal DepartmentLaw Clerk Mentor2002 - 2008
Riddell Williams P.S.Summer Associate Hiring Chair2001 - 2001
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Federal Bar Association, Western District of WAMemberN/A
Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)MemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionN/AN/A
U.S. District Court, Western District of WashingtonRule 39.1 MediatorN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
NBI How to Deal with Impossible Clients, Witnesses and Opposing Counsel in LitigationEthical Conduct - Recognizing When Your Advocacy Exceeds the Bounds of "Conscientious and Ardent"2011
Ethical Use of Business and Law Office Technologies -Half Moon CLERecognizing Legal and Ethical Issues in Internet Communications2010
Seattle TimesSound Transit buying Beacon Hill house on edge of hole2010
Washington State Bar AssociationLawyers Tweeting, Blogging, and IMing — Oh My!2010
NBI Lessons Learned from Key Bad Faith Court RulingsUnderpayment of Benefits and Bad Faith2009
NBI Lessons Learned from Key Bad Faith Court RulingsWhen an Insurer’s “Unreasonable” Delay in Claims Handling & Payment Can Give Rise to a Bad Faith Action2009
NBI Handling The Auto Injury ClaimInitial Investigations, Evidence Considerations, & Preparing Trial Witnesses2009
NBI Advanced Automobile Accident Litigation CLE2008 Case Law & Legislative Update2008
Mealey’s IT Systems Failure ConferenceCo-author “Where the Tire Meets the Road: Whether to Accept or Reject a Troubled System"2001

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude1993
University of WashingtonInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
10th Annual Ethics WorkoutEthical Pitfalls of Using Social Media for Legal Marketing2013
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Defense Practice AcademyTips for Successful Motions Practice2012
Starbucks Lunch & LearnAvoiding Ethical Pitfalls with E-Discovery2012
WSBA CLE How to Handle Your First/Next Motor Vehicle Accident CaseMAR Cases: An Arbirtator's Perspective2011
NBI How to Deal with Impossible Clients, Witnesses and Opposing Counsel in LitigationEthical Conduct - Recognizing When Your Advocacy Exceeds the Bounds of "Conscientious and Ardent"2011
King County Bar Association YLD, Bridging the Gap ProgramEthical Obligations of Lawyers Tweeting, Blogging and Marketing2011
E-Discovery for Fun and Profit: Federal Law, Washington Law, and Practical Considerations CLEAvoiding Ethical Pitfalls with E-Discovery and Social Media2011
WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel Internal CLEPotential Ethical Pitfalls of Attorney Online Social Networking & Advertising2010
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Ethics CLEPotential Ethical Pitfalls Associated with Attorney Use of Social Network Sites for Marketing2010
Lawyer as Detective: Effectively & Ethically Doing Informal DiscoveryRisk/Reward of Using Informal Evidence in Mediations, Motions, and at Trial2010
Ethical Use of Business and Law Office Technologies- Half Moon CLERecognizing Legal and Ethical Issues in Internet Communications2010
8th Annual Law of Lawyering CLEEthical Obligations of Tweeting, Blogging & Marketing & Advertising2010
NBI Lessons Learned from Key Bad Faith Court RulingsWhen an Insurer's Unreasonable Delay in Claims Handling & Payment Can Give Rise to a Bad Faith Action2009
NBI Lessons Learned from Key Bad Faith Court RulingsUnderpayment of Benefits and Bad Faith2009
NBI Handling The Auto Injury ClaimInitial Investigations, Evidence Considerations, & Preparing Trial Witnesses2009
Advanced Automobile Accident Litigation2008 Case Law & Legislative Update2008
Safeco Fast Forward Leadership ProgramRisk-taking2007
Practicing Law in Seattle: A Symposium for Minority Summer AssociatesInternal and External Effects of Corporate Diversity2007
Safeco Street Law ProgramMock Trial2006
Career Services Panelist, Seattle University Law SchoolInsurance Defense Practice2004
Riddell Williams Client BriefingLitigating Technology Disputes2001
Mealey’s IT Systems Failure ConferenceWhere the Tire Meets the Road: Whether to Accept or Reject a Troubled System2001