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For over thirty years, Richard Dykstra's practice has focused on issues of insurance coverage and insurance company good faith claims handling.  He has been involved in many of the noteworthy Washington cases that establish the standards for insurance company conduct.  He now represents policy holders and serves as "personal counsel" for large and small businesses, law firms and medical professionals to establish and protect their interests whenever insurance is at issue.  He has achieved a number of confidential settlements involving payment of many millions of dollars for injured persons and businesses.  He also assists attorneys, both in Washington and around the country, to help them evaluate the insurance coverage available to satisfy their client's claims, and to help strategize and negotiate to accomplish the client's goals.


Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 90%
  2. Ethics: 10%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lincoln Dennis Sieler

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Richard is one of the most knowledgeable insurance lawyers I know.


    Lincoln Sieler Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott Roberts Weaver

    Richard is arguably Seattle's top coverage attorney. I have referred clients to Richard, and they have always been pleased with his representation. In addition, Richard has been willing on a number of occasions to share with me his knowledge and experience in the area of insurance coverage. I highly endorse this attorney's work.


    Scott Weaver Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Friedman | Rubin

51 University Street
Suite 201
Seattle, WA, 98101-3614


AKActive Out of State198701/16/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerWashington Law and Policitcs2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
2013 Lawyer of the Year Seattle Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Best Lawyer InsuranceBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Best Lawyer - InsuranceBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer InsuranceBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Best Lawyer, InsuranceBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Top 100 Washington Super LawyerN/A2007
Most Amazing AttorneysLeague of Justice2006
Super LawyerN/A2006
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselFriedman | Rubin2011 - Present
ShareholderStafford Frey & Cooper1979 - 2011
N/AStafford Frey Cooper1975 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
WSDOT v. James River Ins.Prevailed in the Washington Supreme Court and eventually recovering $3.8 million for Washington taxpayers.
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSAJ 36th Annual Insurance SeminarGathering Information on the Enemy: How Broad is the Scope of Discovery in a Bad Faith Case2014
Washington State Association for JusticeWhen to Covenant and When not to Covenant?2014
WSBA Insruance Law: The Litigation ProcessA Policyholders View of Defense Counsel's Ethical Duties2013
WSAJ 34th Annual Insurance SeminarDevelopments in Enforceability of Arbitration Provisions2012
WDTL Annual Insruance SeminarDiscovery of Insruance Materials2012
Washington Construction Law (The Seminar Group)Overview of Liability and Builders Risk for the Construction Professional2010
31st Annual Ins Law Seminar, WSTLATGINE (Thank Gawd Its NOT ERISA)2009
Liability of the Corporate Executive, The Seminar GroupManaging Litigation Against the Corporate Executive2009
UnknownA Policyholder's View of Defense Councel's Ethical Duties2006
UnknownA Dozen Myths About Insurance Coverage2005
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsReading The Policy2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSAJ 34th Annual Insurance Law SeminarDevelopments in Enforceability of Arbitration Provisions2012
WDTL Annual Insruance Law SeminarDiscovery of Insurance Materials2012
Washington Construction LawOverview of Liability and Builders Risk for the Construction Professional2010
Reed McClure Eleventh Insurance Law SeminarTen Tips for Claims Handling2010
Insurance Coverage LitigationA Policy Holder's View of Defense Counsel's Ethical Duties2006
NBI, Inc.Bad Faith Litigation in Washington2002