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1800 One Convention Place
701 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101-3929Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 206-624-7990
Fax: 206-624-5944
Toll Free: 877-624-7990
E-Mail: sggr@leesmart.com
www.LeeSmart.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Client Information
Personnel
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Established: 1913

Practice Areas
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Agriculture
  • Appellate Practice
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Automobile Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental and Toxic Injury
  • Fire Loss
  • Health
  • Homeowners
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Subrogation
  • Trucks/Heavy Equipment
  • An Experienced Litigation Firm Defending All Aspects of Litigation and Risk Prevention Analysis
  • Public Entity Liability
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About Us
Our firm began in 1913 as an insurance defense firm, and we continue today to concentrate our practice on the defense of civil litigation. We pride ourselves on offering skilled representation at a reasonable price. Our firm engages in general civil and trial practice in state and federal courts throughout Washington and in administrative proceedings. The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has conferred the "AV" rating, its highest, on our firm and several of our lawyers. Unlike some firms that advertise their "litigation departments," the great majority of our practice is litigation. As a result, our lawyers possess a wealth of experience actually trying cases that many other firms cannot offer.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in all types of litigation, including premises liability, construction liability, product liability, and liquor liability, defense of major defendants in toxic-tort claims, and fire and property-damage subrogation.

We also have decades of experience in defending all types of professionals, including physicians and other health care providers, dentists, attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, and real estate and insurance agents and brokers.

We have defended many municipalities and more than 40 school districts in claims of employer liability, sex and race discrimination, and personal injury. We have also defended many types of employers against claims of harassment, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, and discrimination claims, before federal and state courts, the EEOC, Office of Civil Rights and other state and administrative agencies.

Our firm has handled a large volume of insurance-coverage issues for both insurers and policyholders. We have provided insurer clients with coverage evaluations and advice and has litigated many insurance-coverage actions.

We also have a sizeable appellate practice. Our lawyers have appeared before all divisions of the Washington State Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, several districts and circuits of the United States District Court and Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Allied Professionals Insurance CompanyAllied World National Assurance Company
Allstate Insurance CompanyAlteris Insurance Services, Inc.
American Commercial ManagementAmeriprise Auto & Home Insurance
Amerisure Insurance CompanyAMEX Assurance Company
AmTrust North AmericaArgo Pro
Balboa Insurance GroupBerkley North Pacific Group, LLC
Berkley Risk Administrators Company, LLCCAMICO Mutual Insurance Company
Carolina Casualty Insurance CompanyCatlin, Inc.
CNA Insurance CompaniesCrum & Forster
Encompass InsuranceEverest Indemnity Insurance Company
Everest National Insurance CompanyFarmers Insurance Company
Fireman's Fund Insurance CompanyFirst Mercury Insurance Company
Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance CompanyGEICO
General Star Management CompanyGreat American Insurance Company
Great Northwest Insurance CompanyHallmark Insurance Company
Hanover ProfessionalsThe Hartford
Hiscox USAIntercare Insurance Services, Inc.
James River Insurance CompanyLawyer's Protector Plan
Liberty International UnderwritersLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
Lloyd's of LondonMarkel Service, Incorporated
The Medical Protective CompanyMetropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company
Monitor Liability Managers, Inc.National Farmers Union Casualty Group
National Indemnity GroupNavigators Pro
NORDICOMS National Insurance Company
OneBeacon Insurance CompanyOrion Insurance Group
Pharmacists Mutual Insurance CompanyPrecision Risk Management, Inc.
Professionals Direct Insurance CompanyQBE North America
Riverport Insurance CompanyRLI Insurance Company
State Farm InsuranceSwiss Reinsurance Company
Travelers Bond & Financial ProductsUnited National Group
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)United States Liability Insurance Group
Vela Insurance Services, LLCWestern National Insurance Group
XL Select ProfessionalsZurich Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
AutoNation IncorporatedBed Bath & Beyond, Inc.
BinTech PartnersCity of Rainier
City of TeninoCorrect Care Solutions, LLC
Costco Wholesale CorporationDavita, Inc.
Digestive Health SpecialitiesDynamic Collectors, Inc.
Ewing & Clark, Inc.Ferrellgas
GameWorksKeller Williams Realty
The Making A Difference FoundationQuest Diagnostics
Re/Max Eastside Brokers, Inc.Safeguard Properties, LLC
Valley Medical CenterWerner Company, Inc.
Westfield, LLCWS Consulting & Construction, Inc.
Third Party Administrators
American Claims Management, Inc.Blair & Company Claims Adjusters
Carl Warren & CompanyFARA - A York Company
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.H & W Risk Management, Inc.
Managed Insurance ServicesMesa Underwriters Specialty Insurance Company
Midland Claims Administrators, Inc.NARS (North American Risk Services)
Network Adjusters, Inc.NovaPro Risk Solutions
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.Superior Claim Services
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Personnel Information
Firm Members
Joel E. Wright
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:jw@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Complex Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Fire Loss
  • Health
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate Agents & Brokers Liability
  • Risk Management
  • Subrogation
Admitted
  • Washington, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1978
Memberships:
  • American and Washington State Bar Associations
  • Washington Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 1974
  • Gonzaga University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1978
Born:1951
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Jeffrey P. Downer
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:jpd@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Complex Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental and Toxic Injury
  • Municipal Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Risk Management
Admitted
  • Washington, 1982
Memberships:
  • Washington State and King County Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Washington, B.A. (cum laude), 1979
  • University of Washington, J.D., 1982
Born:1957
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Steven G. Wraith
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:sgw@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Construction Defect
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Fire Loss
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Trucks/Heavy Equipment
Admitted
  • Washington, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1988
Memberships:
  • American, Washington State and King County Bar Associations
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Washington State University, B.A., 1982
  • Seattle University, J.D., 1987
Born:1957
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Gregory P. Turner
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:gpt@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Automobile Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Environmental and Toxic Injury
  • Insurance Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Washington, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1990
Memberships:
  • American and Washington State Bar Associations
  • Washington State Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Central Washington University, B.S., 1983
  • University of Washington, J.D., 1990
Born:1960
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Michelle A. Corsi
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:mac@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Practices
  • Environmental and Toxic Injury
  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • Washington, 1994
Memberships:
  • Washington State and King County Bar Associations
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • Washington State University, B.A. (cum laude), 1991
  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1994
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
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Bradley D. Westphal
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:bdw@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Automobile Liability
  • Homeowners
  • Risk Management
Admitted
  • Washington, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1982
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Publications:
Medical-Legal Handbook
Education:
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1972
  • University of Washington, B.A. Political Science, 1973
  • Willamette University, J.D., 1981
Born:1950
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John C. Versnel III
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:jcv@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Complex Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Health Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Risk Management
Admitted
  • Washington, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1983
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1987
Born:1960
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Craig L. McIvor
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:clmc@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Health
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Washington, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1989
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • Western Washington University, B.A., 1978
  • University of Washington, J.D., 1982
Law Review:
Executive Editor, Articles, Washington Law Review (1981-1982)
Born:1954
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Rosemary J. Moore
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:rjm@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Municipal Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • England, 1983
  • Wales
  • Washington, 1998
Education:
  • Lancaster University, B.A., 1974
  • The College of Law, Chester and London, Law Society Qualifying Exams, 1982
Born:1953
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Marc Rosenberg
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:mr@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Washington, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Washington State Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2000
Born:1963
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Peter E. Sutherland
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:pes@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1986
  • Washington, 1988
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1982
  • University of Washington, B.S. (cum laude), 1983
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1986
Born:1959
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Dirk J. Muse
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:djm@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
Admitted
  • Washington, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association
Education:
  • Whitman College, B.A., 1991
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Born:1968
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Pamela J. DeVet
Seattle, WA
E-Mail:pjd@leesmart.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Homeowners
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • Washington, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Washington State and King County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Ohio University, B.A., 1992
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2002
Born:1970
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In Memoriam
Nelson T. LeeDavid L. Martin
Fred T. Smart
Associates
Aaron P. GilliganMelinda R. Drogseth
Daniel C. MooneySarah L. Lee
Jonathan J. LochKellan W. Byrne
Kyle J. RekofkeJames T. Graves
Matthew A. QuesnellCynthia T. Pham
Holly A. Williams
Of Counsel
Sam B. FranklinDonna M. Young
Sherry H. Rogers

Additional Links
Washington Insurance Law Digest
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(Revisors of the Washington Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)