Legal Experience: Law Clerk for Justice Robert T. Hunder, Washington State Supreme... more
Legal Experience: Law Clerk for Justice Robert T. Hunder, Washington State Supreme Court, one year 1963-64. Joined current firm 1964. Martindale Hubbell rating "AV". Bar Activites: Benton Franklin Bar: Secretary (65-66), Vice President (87-88), President (88-89). W.S.B.A.: Young Lawyers Committee (BOG appointee) (66-69); Board of Bar Examiners (70-72); Court Rules and P... view profile
Prior to becoming a partner at Smart, Connell, Childers & Verhulp, PS in 2009, the... more
Prior to becoming a partner at Smart, Connell, Childers & Verhulp, PS in 2009, the bulk of my practice was insurance defense litigation for over 10 years. I also had the privilege in working in lawfirms that did everything but family or criminal law so was able to obtain experience in a number of areas of law before focusing my practice to personal injury claims and litigation. Since 2009, I ... view profile
Insurance law covers the policies insurance companies can offer and the rates they can charge. Because there are so many different kinds of insurance, a good insurance lawyer is very helpful. Personal insurance standards include auto insurance, health insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance. Business insurance standards usually include commercial liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, malpractice insurance, and business interruption insurance. Each of these policies covers losses from different types of risk, and both the losses and the risks are carefully defined. It can take an insurance lawyer just to determine if your loss resulted from a risk you were insured for. Sometimes insurance companies will deny claims, acting in what is legally called “bad faith.” Insurance lawyers can determine if your insurer is treating you fairly and sue for you if the company is acting in bad faith.