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Some of our results

All of these cases have been concluded. This is a small selection of our past cases.

Insurance bad faith

Homeowners claim against American Family

Hard-fought victory and significant settlement for an Enumclaw, Washington family, which allowed them to rebuild their classic home.

Underinsured motorist claim against state farm

Federal court litigation arising from a high-speed rear-end collision. Achieved favorable settlement.

Manufactured home insurance claim against foremost

Federal court litigation involving a significant water loss in our client’s manufactured home. Case details involved the insurer’s failure to fully investigate and its failure to provide alternative housing for the policyholder. Achieved favorable settlement.

Denial of life-saving treatment by uniform medical Plan

State court litigation obtaining determination that the law creating the Health Technology Clinical Committee as implemented was unconstitutional. Obtained life-saving implantation of a spinal cord stimulator for our client, a former judge.

Representation of king County Relating to defects at brightwater plant

State court litigation involving a one-of-a-kind insurance policy endorsement against King County’s insurer, resulting in multimillion dollar recovery for the County.

Covenant Judgment and Bad faith Action Against Farmers

Successfully defended a covenant judgment at the Washington Supreme Court and brought bad faith action against Farmers. Favorable result achieved.


Personal Injury

Motorcycle Crash

Our client was hit by a negligent driver while riding his motorcycle, causing life-altering injuries. Achieved multi-million dollar settlement.

Major INjuries Caused by Security Staff at Bartell

Represented elder who was knocked down while security staff at a Bartell drug store attempted to apprehend a shoplifter. Obtained favorable result for client and his wife.

police officer Gunshot injury

Represented police officer who was shot by a suspect. The case settled for most of the available assets of the defendant.

Foreign Objects in Food

Represented several clients in cases involving foreign bodies in food (including a nail in a Starbucks sandwich). These cases often cause major mouth injuries.


Employment Law

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Against wafla

Represented multiple clients in cases against wafla (Washington Farm Labor Association). The cases have involved actions by the leader of the organization.

Lawsuit Against Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)

Represented employee of the bar association. The allegations involved a member of the powerful Board of Governors. The case was settled before trial.


Appeals

Bird v. Best Plumbing

Successfully defended a covenant judgment at the Washington Supreme Court.

MWW v. KIRIBATI SEAFOOD COMPANY

Successfully defended a reasonableness finding involving a covenant-judgment like settlement in Division 1 of the Washington Court of Appeals.

State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers

Filed amicus brief with Washington Supreme Court on behalf of Northwest Consumer Law Center.

Patriot General Insurance Co. v. Gutierrez

Successfully argued to the Washington Court of Appeals, Division III, to affirm the trial court’s decision finding underinsured motorist coverage for a passenger injured in an auto collision. Successfully recovered attorney fees and costs for client. 

Transamerica Life Insurance Co. v. Pistorese

Served as co-counsel for amicus curiae, United Policyholders, which argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to affirm the trial court’s finding of coverage under a long term care insurance policy.

Guardado v. Valley Medical Center

Co-counsel for plaintiff, successfully argued to the Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, to reverse a summary judgment order dismissing plaintiff’s medical malpractice case.


Employee Benefits

Litigation arising from denial of long term disability by Standard Insurance Co.

Represented a physician whose disability prevented her from continuing with a highly respected practice.

Disability claim for leading seattle surgeon

Successfully represented surgeon in seeking long-term disability benefits, avoiding litigation.

Improperly Denied Life Insurance Benefits

Represented beneficiaries when an insurance company accepted a premium for a higher benefit but then failed to provide the higher benefit after the insured passed away.

Appeals of Medical Benefits Denials By Kaiser (Group Health)

Assisted claimants seeking reversals of denials by different health plans, including Group Health (now Kaiser).


Civil Rights and Community Work

Seattle Community Police Commission

Managing Attorney Isaac Ruiz served as Co-Chair from 2016 to 2019. He played a meaningful role in the passage of Seattle’s landmark accountability legislation.

QLaw Foundation

Ruiz served as President of the QLaw Foundation board, which provides free legal services for LGBTQ people and legal education. He is the editor of the official Bench Bar Guide on LGBTQ issues.

Kaiser v. CSL Plasma

Together with David Ward of Legal Voice, Isaac Ruiz, Kayti Knudsen, and Paige Lewis worked on a case involving discrimination by a plasma collection facility against a transgender woman. The team obtained a favorable summary-judgment order from the federal court before the matter was resolved.