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McKean J. Evans

Employee benefits Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.8   20 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 6 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 13 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About McKean

Learn McKean’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    45%
    I help individuals dispute denials of claims by employee benefit plans under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"). ERISA applies to employer-sponsored insurance such as health, disability or life coverage.

    12 years

  2. Insurance
    30%
    I represent holders of insurance policies (such as life, auto, disability, long term care, or homeowner's insurance) whose insurance companies fail to honor their obligations under their policies or otherwise act unfairly.

    12 years

  3. Employment and labor
    25%
    I represent employees whose employers discriminate against them in violation of Federal and Washington civil rights laws, wrongfully withhold wages, or otherwise treat their employees unfairly.

    12 years

I am an attorney representing insurance policyholders and employees. After practicing insurance and employment law in Pittsburgh, PA for many years, I relocated to Seattle in 2017 with my wife, a native of the Pacific Northwest. Since then, I have continued representing insurance policyholders and employees throughout Washington and am enjoying exploring the beautiful Washington wilderness. 

People I represent include: 

Holders of insurance policies (such as life, auto, disability, long term care, or homeowner's insurance) whose insurance companies fail to honor their obligations under their policies, for example, by unreasonably refusing to pay benefits that are due under the policy or otherwise acting unfairly.

Employees whose employers discriminate against them in violation of Federal and Washington civil rights laws, for instance, through underpayment, harassment, or retaliation for complaining about discrimination. 

Note: I'm proud to have been well-reviewed by former clients and endorsed by other attorneys, but please keep in mind that those reviews or endorsements don't constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

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Location

Plaintiff Litigation Group, PLLC
95 S Jackson Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fierce advocate with keen emotional intelligence
McKean provided excellent advocacy for me in a disability insurance dispute when I was denied benefits after an extended illness. He listened carefully to my concerns and took them into account at every step. At a time when I was mentally and physically depleted, McKean was a compassionate and expert guide through a stressful process, drawing on deep knowledge and experience to make confident recommendations without pressuring me to follow his preferred strategy. McKean put me at ease by walking me through legal and procedural details, soliciting my input and approval at each step to ensure he truly represented my interests. McKean is obviously motivated by a sincere passion for his clients’ rights, and I could rest easy knowing I had a formidable advocate in my corner. Ultimately, McKean achieved a resolution that far exceeded my expectations and significantly improved my material well-being. I would recommend his services without reservation!
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Posted by Michael | October 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Made a Terrible Experience into a Great Outcome
McKean, was the best lawyer he was very communicative on every aspect of our case and gave "normal people" explanations so we understood everything. This was an extremely hard time in our lives and McKean made sure that we were treated correctly and we were beyond happy with the results. I would recommend McKean to anyone who is looking for a trustworthy and very good lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive, super helpful
McKean worked with me on a short-term/long-term disability case, helping to fight the denial, and represented me in an ERISA lawsuit. McKean was always very responsive, helpful, and professional. He consistently made himself available via phone, email, and in person. His work helped me to reverse a categorical denial and I'm very happy with the result and his representation through the process after working closely with him for the better part of a year. UPDATE: It's been 2 years working with McKean on my case now and he has continued to be patient, detail-oriented, kind, and helpful. I strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Ciara Barrett | July 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
McKean helped resolve a complicated pension issue I had with a past employer. He was attentive to my case, paid close attention to all the details, was very communicative and went over and above with correspondance making sure I was aware of what was going on. I was in good hands with McKean and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Chris | May 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ERISA disability claim assistance
I reached out to McKean after hitting a roadblock with my disability claim. It was clear that the efforts of my medical providers and myself were not going to change the insurance company's decision to deny my claim. McKean promptly and effectively communicates with all parties involved. It has been a huge weight off my mind knowing McKean is working towards a resolution in this matter. I could not have asked for a better attorney to represent me!
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Posted by Val | April 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ERISA unpaid maternity leave
McKean has been incredible. We reached out to multiple attorneys before him and every single one of them said they couldn’t help. McKean was able to get the insurance company to pay the full amount that was previously denied. he was extremely respectful, understanding and did an exceptional job.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Represented me against my former employer
I initially had an in person consultation with Mckean over claims against my former employer for harassment and discrimination in September of 2018. During the free consultation (of about an hour), Mckean listened very carefully to my claims, took notes, and explained the legal process from beginning to end. We moved forward with the claim and throughout this entire process, Mckean has been nothing short of informative, communicative, and helpful. He holds true to his word that he will correspond to email within 24 hours, and has kept me updated since the beginning. He has been precise and to the point when communicating, but makes sure you understand his explanation before moving onto the next matter. It was under dreadful and embarrassing circumstances that I had to find representation against my former employer, however Mckean has always treated me with dignity, respect, and shown value for my time. Excellent attorney and kind person - I would recommend him over and over again to anyone in Washington state.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience!
McKean Evans did an amazing job of informing us of all of our options, and navigating us through a dispute with my father’s trust and his widow. Her intent was to become sole trustee, not what my Dad wanted, and keep all principal and assets for herself. We wound up settling the case in mediation, and avoided a costly trial. We had a very strong case, but it’s always a gamble to go to court, not to mention very expensive. McKean negotiated to get us the best deal possible, and the best part is we won’t have to deal with her any longer and wonder what she’ll try next. Peace of mind for my nephews and I is priceless. Thank you McKean!
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
I hired McKean Evans to assist with a claim on my private disability insurance, and though the outcome is pending, I recommend him because his firm was easy to work with, responsive, accessible, and professional. On my first meeting with him, he demonstrated he was an excellent listener. In the course of our communication, he alerted me on the statute of limitations on a potential lawsuit that I could have pursued, and I appreciated his concern and comprehensive approach to my situation. His firm worked as a cohesive team and seemed to communicate well internally, and we kept excellent and convenient communication by email throughout. Definitely would recommend him, and if needed, consult with or hire him again. I especially appreciated that he is well respected by another attorney-colleague and was highly recommended to me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prepared estate plans
Mr. Evans did a great job on preparing the estate plans for my needs. He gave me a good consultation and recommendation over the phone and emails as I was out of town most of the time. And then based on my need, he prepared documents timely.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I reached out to McKean during a difficult time regarding an FMLA matter with my former employer. He provided quality advice to me from the beginning, is very knowledgeable, and provided me with several options regarding my case. He always kept me up to date on what was happening and took the time to speak with me when I needed clarification. He made the entire process seamless and I'm extremely happy with the resolution he was able to negotiate for me. I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am for his help and will recommend him to everyone I know.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent knowledgable, good hearted Lawyer
Mr.McKean Evans is very competent at his job and kind hearted towards his clients. I feel very confident about the outcome of my case because he puts in his very best efforts towards my legal case. I highly recommend him. Mrs Bruce
Posted by Joshua | September 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Established an LLC
McKean Evans has been extremely helpful in handing every aspect of establishing my LLC. He guided me through multiple legal issues, like options for management structures, and different financial choices.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very good service
I really enjoyed working with McKean. He gave me very clear suggestions, which was very helpful. Steps and coordination of the entire process was seamless
Posted by Michael | March 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Judicious, Thorough, and Conservative Legal Advice
McKean took my case to determine if I should appeal a critical insurance policy denial. His thorough, timely, effective and conservative review ensured we were able to make a fact -based decision about whether to move forward with the review. I really appreciated his efforts on my behalf and ensured that I did not waste my money. I highly recommend McKean.
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Posted by Jonathan | March 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great help with our homeowner’s insurance claim
We had an issue with a claim on our homeowner’s insurance where the company was refusing to pay out or even return our calls. We went to McKean to help us, and were able to get more money than we ever expected. McKean was thoughtful to work with, clearly laid out the process and decision points, and was punctual with his work. Hopefully we’ll never have a situation like this again but if we did then we’d go with McKean.
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Posted by Dave | March 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rock Star Lawyer!
Mr Evans listened carefully to my story, asked penetrating questions, and helped me form a strategy moving forward. In the course of his initial, free consultation he composed a multi-paragraph email with all the information I needed to fight and win my case. It was a case with no precedent, and needed a very creative solution. His free consultation has saved me tens of thousands of dollars.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer - trustworthy and hardworking
McKean has counseled me regarding a number of issues dealing with employment law and class action law suits. I would certainly recommend McKean to anyone in need of a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney that settled DI Income policy shut-off
After 3 years of receiving monthly benefits from a DI Income Policy, the company decided to stop paying. Company ignored all the overwhelming doctors, PT, MRI, etc. evidence stating that I was still disabled chronic. I hired the law firm which Mr. Evans was an associate at. Mr. Evans took my case and immediately began to try to get the company to resume payments. He reviewed ALL medical records (which there were files upon files of documentation). Mr. Evans was always available to me via phone and emails. After all the correspondence between Mr. Evans and the insurance company, the company decided to do a settlement instead of litigation. Mr. Evans continuously strived for a fair settlement to provide me and my family with the monies for which i was entitled to in the first place. He found so many inconsistencies in their shut-off letter which was 11/2016. To be brief, i purchased this Disability Income policy in 1999 and filed my first claim 13 years later. I was a factory worker for 38 years. My whole body gave out. I had 5 hand surgeries, right and left total shoulder replacements, left full knee replacement, right knee torn meniscus surgery, 2 foot surgeries, 2 MRIs showed degenerative disc lumbar spine diagnosis which there was no surgical solutions except for pain management. All the major surgeries where done within 3 years plus back problems which rendered me disabled under the policy. SSD acknowledged me disabled immediately. The insurance company apparently 'just didn't want to pay anymore'. Mr. Evans could clearly see after all his research (which was a lot) that i was entitled to benefits under the policy. He jumped in and after endless hours and months got the company to settle. From shut-off to July 2017, Mr. Evans within 7 months got this situation resolved!!!!!! Now i am able to provide for myself and family. without fear of losing our home. I am truly grateful that I found Mr. Evans. The thought of what could have happened was very scary.
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Posted by Dave | October 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just another shark
Agreed with my assessment of my case initially and was enthusiastic about pursuing it, understanding I intended to file suit if my insurer didn't play ball. Was quick to get me to sign a contract for a very expensive IFCA notice that when it went out it contained factual errors and typos. Insurer responded with the same response they'd given to me previously, only now his assessment of my case changed and it was not "economical" to file suit, no mention of that prior to getting me to agree to the IFCA notice. So he either didn't look into the details of my case initially or he understood he would be telling me later they wouldn't be filing suit and took my money anyway, either way I've wasted time and money I didn't need to and am back to where I started. Update: As a result of this review this attorney has refunded their fee in full.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Plaintiff Litigation Group, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pivotal Law Group, PLLC
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Court of Common Pleas, Venango County Pennsylvania
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Fried Law Offices
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Judicial Extern
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD, Cum Laude
  • 2010
  • University of Maine
  • B.A, Magna Cum Laude
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bruce v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company
  • $700,000 settlement
  • Robbins v. Swedish Health Services, Inc.
  • Settlement
  • Harrison v. MetLife
  • Judgment in Favor of the Employee
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Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Member; CLE Committee; YLD Services Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • ACLU-Pittsburgh Young Leadership Outreach Team
  • Chair, Programming Committee
  • 2016 - 2017
  • American Inns of Court, Hon. Amy Reynolds Hay Chapter
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Alleghney County Bar Association
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Division Education Committee
  • 2015 - 2017
  • ACLU-Pittsburgh Legal Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Venango County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Barristers
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2010
  • CALI Award - Highest Grade in Class (Freedom of Religion)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2010
  • CALI Award - Highest Grade in Class (Constitutional Law)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2008
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Washington State Association for Justice Trial News
  • Does an Insurer Need to Notify Clients of Policy Changes?
  • 2018
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Newsletter
  • Work Life Balance in the Age of the Email App
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Association for Justice Spring Conference
  • ERISA Benefit Claim Litigation
  • 2022
  • Washington State Association for Justice Seattle Roundtable
  • Spotting Bad Faith Early in UIM Claims
  • 2022
  • Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Practical Tips for Drafting and Analyzing Powers of Attorney Under Washington’s Revised Uniform Power of Attorney Act
  • 2018
  • CLE
  • Washington State's Revised Uniform Power of Attorney Act
  • 2018
  • Educational Lunch-and-Learn
  • Five Things I Wish I'd Known In My First Five Years of Practice
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Five Things I Wish I'd Known About Legal Writing as a Young Lawyer
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse McKean
General practice Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I practiced with McKean for four years at Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an attorney of the highest caliber. He always puts his clients first and is responsive to their questions and concerns. More than that, he is a skilled and innovative counselor and litigator. I trust McKean wholeheartedly to represent any client’s legal interests."
Business Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"McKean is a dedicated attorney who works both for - and with - his clients. I heartily endorse him for all matters relating to both business and for general civil litigation as well."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. McKean Evans is smart, aggressive attorney who vigorously represents his clients in all aspects of the litigation process."
Debt collection Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Very bright and very good at efficiently and economically resolving complex problems."
Business Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"McKean is an excellent lawyer. He is committed to his clients, regularly going above and beyond for them, and he is passionate about the practice of law. McKean is also an active member of the legal community where he regularly plans, organizes, and moderates programs with the aim of educating and moving the practice of law forward. I would not hesitate to recommend McKean to anyone in need of representation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"McKean is a dedicated lawyer with strong analytical skills. His writing is top-notch and he really cares about his clients as individuals. He also is knowledgeable about cutting edge legal issues, like ESI discovery."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"McKean and I both worked in Pittsburgh, where I had an opportunity to get to know him. He's a top-notch lawyer."
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