I repesent individuals, businesses and non-profits in civil litigation matters (... more
I repesent individuals, businesses and non-profits in civil litigation matters (personal injury, property damage, insurance and business disputes) and with transactional matters (reviewing and or drafting documents). I enjoy the practice of law and my approach is to assist clients with present needs while being mindful of the big picture, including the future.
Derek has a strong background handling personal injury claims. Prior to becoming an... more
Derek has a strong background handling personal injury claims. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for more than eight years in the insurance industry as an adjuster and claims investigator. Derek handled a wide range of property, casualty, and auto claims for major insurance companies such as Allstate, State Farm, and Zurich. In addition to his law degree from Seattle University, Derek h... view profile
Insurance law covers the policies insurance companies offer and the rates they charge. 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 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.