Stephanie leads the firm’s Insurance Coverage group and is also a member of the Litigation group. Her practice is primarily focused on disputes between policyholders and their insurance companies. She spent 12 years as a property and casualty commercial insurance broker, managing complex accounts for policyholders in the hospitality, construction, transportation, and real estate arenas, including Space Needle Corporation, the Seattle Monorail, Bellevue Square Mall, and Stevens Healthcare prior to obtaining her law degree. During that time, she obtained the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (“CPCU”) professional designation.
Stephanie’s background in both the legal and brokerage side of the insurance arena give her a unique perspective on the resolution of coverage disputes. To that end, she provides personal, individual services to each of her clients in the following areas:
- Breach of insurance contract disputes
- Property and casualty claims
- Insurance agents and brokers
- Insurance policy analysis
- Bad faith claims
- Seminars and continuing education
- Serves as an expert witness in cases involving insurance industry custom and practice
Muse Apartments LLC v Travelers Casualty & Surety — Represented investor in negligence and agency claims against the fidelity bond insurer of a 1031 exchange facilitator who misappropriated proceeds from the sale of an apartment complex.
James W. Fowler Co. v. White Shield, Inc.
This was a civil case brought by James W. Fowler Company against surveying company White Shield, Inc. for breach of contract. The lawsuit arises out of a King County public works project – the Ballard Siphon Project – that was completed in 2014. Fowler was the general contractor. The Project required Fowler to bore a tunnel under Salmon Bay between Ballard and Interbay using a tunnel-boring machine (“TBM”). Fowler subcontracted with White Shield to perform all of the survey work on the Project, which included weekly tunnel surveys to ensure that the tunnel was on the correct alignment. The specifications required the tunnel alignment to remain within four inches of design.
White Shield made at least three errors on the Project, which caused the tunnel to deviate from its designed path. The case was tried in front of The Honorable Judith Ramseyer in October-November 2015 (bench trial), resulting in a verdict for Fowler of $481,923.84 (damages) and $654,303.53 (attorneys' fees and costs).