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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

Court of Appeals: Div. I: No “Made Whole” Argument Where Insurance Customer Does Not Seek Recovery Themselves

Averill v. Farmers Insurance Company

Pearl Averill’s daughter was in a car accident where the car was totaled. Farmers was her insurer. Farmers paid Ms. Averill for the total loss less a $500 deductible and then sought to recover the amount it paid directly from the other person involved in the accident. Without Ms. Averill’s involvement, Farmers engaged in an arbitration with the insurance company for the other driver. The arbitrator determined that both parties were 50% at fault for causing the accident. Farmers then recovered half of the $500 deductible from the other party’s insurer. It refunded the $250 to Ms. Averill. Ms. Averill argued that Farmers was not entitled to keep the other half of the deductible because Ms. Averill had not been “made whole” for her loss. The Court of Appeals disagreed, holding that the “made whole doctrine” only applies in situations where an insurance customer pursues a recovery from an at fault party, but is not fully compensated for their loss. Since Farmers and not Ms. Averill was the entity that pursued recovery from the at fault party, the Court of Appeals determined, Ms. Averill could not claim that she was not “made whole.”

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