Washington State Court of Appeals Division One Holds that Individual Insurance Adjusters are Subject to Bad Faith and Consumer Protection Act Claims Under Washington Law

On Monday, March 26, 2018, Division One of the Washington State Court of Appeals issued a published opinion in Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Co., et al.[1], holding that bad faith and Washington State Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”) claims can be pursued against individual insurance adjusters.  The case stemmed from an underinsured motorist (“UIM”) claim filed by Keodalah following an automobile …

Pilkington v. Whitworth Water Dist No. 2 – Defense Verdict

Defense Verdict Sean Jackson and the trial team obtained a defense verdict in Pilkington v. Whitworth Water Dist. No. 2 in Spokane County Superior Court. The Plaintiffs claimed that the Water District negligently failed to discover a missing street valve box lid and that the Plaintiffs suffered personal injuries as a result. After a five-day trial, the jury deliberated for …

Welcome New Attorneys

New attorneys joined the firm Fall 2017. We would like to welcome Don Dowie, Shirley Lou-Magnuson and Kelsey Norman. We are excited to have them join the team.

2017 PBFL Scholarship Winner

This year, Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch created a scholarship opportunity for a student to design our 2017 Christmas card to be sent to our religious clients. The design chosen was submitted by Elija Valcick, a senior at O’Dea High School.  Elija has been practicing art for many years and was honored to take part in this scholarship opportunity.  He plans …

Slockish v. U.S. Federal Highway Administration

  On October 23, 2017, members of the Klickitat and Cascade Tribes went before the Oregon district court, asking for justice after the government needlessly bulldozed their sacred burial grounds for a highway widening project near Mt. Hood, Oregon.  The tribes are seeking justice under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—the same law relied on by the U.S. Supreme Court in …

Patterson Buchanan Successfully Petitions the Ninth Circuit to Amend its Prior Decision and Affirm Dismissal of All Claims Against Lewis County and Deputy

In a 42 U.S.C. §1983 case alleging that a former Deputy used excessive force and alleging state-law negligence claims, Steven O. Petersen v. Lewis County, et al., which was on remand from the United States Supreme Court, Michael A. Patterson and Kevin J. Kay successfully petitioned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for rehearing resulting in an amended memorandum opinion …

Victory for Michael Patterson and Megan Starks

On August 29, 2017, Mike Patterson and associate Megan Starks obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of our client, the Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle, in King County Superior Court.  After a trial lasting nearly three weeks, the jury found in favor of the Archdiocese, finding that the teachers and staff at one of our client’s most …

Celebrating 10 Years

June 23, 2007, Mike  Patterson, Patricia Buchanan, Duncan Fobes and Charles Leitch set out to open their own law firm with a shared vision of exceptional legal service. For 10 years, they have remained committed to this vision and continue to see success. For the past 10 years, we would like to thank our clients and employees who helped us reach our current level of …

Fager, et al. v. Clallam County, et al. – Update

Michael A. Patterson and Daniel P. Crowner successfully defended their clients before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in an appeal involving 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims against law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys from Clallam and Jefferson Counties.  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Fager, et al. v. Clallam County, et al., just 9 days …