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Geoffrey Bedell

bedell@sohalang.com
206.654-6606

Geoff is a shareholder with Soha & Lang where he focuses his practice in the area of insurance law. Since joining Soha & Lang in 2004, Geoff has counseled insurance companies and has represented them in coverage disputes and litigation in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Soha & Lang, Geoff clerked for the Honorable Judge Stephen Brown of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III.

ADMISSIONS

Geoff is admitted in Washington and Oregon federal and state courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

EDUCATION

  • Universität Augsburg (Germany), LL.M., 1998
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1997
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1993

HONORS AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Recognized as a Washington “Rising Star” in 2009
  • Fulbright Fellow 1997-98
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow 1996-97
  • Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association (WDTL) Amicus Committee, 2020
  • President, Seattle Chapter of Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance, 2019, and Director of Education, 2017-18
  • President, Northwest Insurance Coverage Association (NICA), 2018-19
  • As a pro bono volunteer, represented the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of the child in parental termination trials.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Co., 194 Wn.2d 339, 449 P.3d 1040 (2019). Co-author of amicus brief on behalf of WDTL in appeal where the court ruled that employee adjusters of insurance companies are not subject to personal liability for insurance bad faith.
  • Allianz Glob. Risks US Ins. Co. v. ACE Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 297 Or App 434, 442 P3d 212 (2019). On trial team that obtained jury verdict dismissal of certain insurance policies in contribution action for Portland Harbor Superfund liabilities and more than 1,500 underlying asbestos claims.
  • Century Indem. Co. v. Marine Grp., LLC, 131 F. Supp. 3d 1 (D. Or. 2015). Summary judgment ruling holding that excess policy had no contractual duty to defend but only a duty to indemnify.
  • Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co. v. Olympia Early Learning Ctr., 980 F. Supp. 2d 1266 (W.D. Wash. 2013). Summary judgment ruling holding that a single policy limit applied based on insurance policies’ anti-stacking provisions.
  • Absher Const. Co. v. N. Pac. Ins. Co., 861 F. Supp. 2d 1236 (W.D. Wash. 2012). Summary judgment ruling denying purported bad faith by insurance company in declining defense of its insured.
  • Polygon Nw. Co., LLC v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 682 F. Supp. 2d 1231 (W.D. Wash. 2009). Summary judgment ruling holding that insurance policies’ self-insured retentions were annualized.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Speaker, Keodalah v. Allstate, Implications for Insurance Attorneys, WDTL Annual Insurance Law Update, April 26, 2019.
  • Speaker, Case Law Update, Pacific Northwest Chapter CPCU Society Spring Seminar, April 24, 2019.
  • Chapter Co-Author, Washington Insurance Litigation Practice Guide (LexisNexis 2014)
  • Co-Author, Washington Supreme Court Gives Insurers the “Bird,” Defense News (Winter 2013)
  • Chapter Author, Washington Civil Trial and Evidence Manual (5th ed. 2004)
  • Author, Corporate Downsizing and the Supervisory and Managerial Exclusions of the National Labor Relations Act, 48 Labor Law Journal 144 (1997)