Excess and Surplus Litigation
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From the moment we opened our doors, Smith Freed Eberhard has been fearlessly pushing the edge of what’s possible for our clients. We’ve carefully cultivated and developed specialties in our practices and our people to give you the very best: our formidable expertise, our strategically creative thinking, and litigation guideline adherence. We are your champion, keenly focused on understanding your situation, solving your challenges, achieving your goals.

Our professional liability defense team are highly skilled in defending all types of professional liability claims. This includes: Business Liability: Errors & Omissions / Directors & Officers / Liquor Liability / Defamation / Libel and Slander / Breach of Contract / Breach of Warranty / Intellectual Property / Sexual Abuse & Misconduct / Employment Practices liability / Fiduciary liability. Cyber: Data breach / Cyber liability.

Gordon Klug
Partner
  • Washington

With a strong business and litigation background, and over 20 years of first-chair trial experience, Gordon knows exactly which strategies will make a weak case stronger as well as what makes practical and financial sense. Gordon’s practice focuses on construction defect litigation defending developers, general contractors, and subcontractors throughout Washington state and works closely with Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Gordon worked in-house for Travelers Insurance Company where he led the opening of the construction defect unit for their Seattle Staff Counsel office. He also focused on slip-and-falls, auto liability, construction liability, and commercial claims. Before joining Travelers, he worked for four years with the Hartford Insurance Company where he specialized in construction defect and complex commercial liability cases.

Gordon has successfully first-chaired over 50 jury trials to verdict. He is a licensed attorney before the Washington State and Appellate Courts, the United States District Court, as well as with the Puyallup Tribal Court. A notable trial victory for Gordon involved a slip-and-fall case in Snohomish County Superior Court where the jury found the plaintiff 57% at fault for her own injuries and awarded her only $10,000 for “pain and suffering”. In this case, the attorneys stipulated that the plaintiff’s medical bills “proximately caused” by the fall were $38,000 and, in the end, the plaintiff received approximately $26,000 which was not enough to satisfy her medical lien.

Gordon has also successfully handled a mandatory arbitration case where he obtained a defense verdict for his client. He also received a favorable verdict in King County District Court where the jury awarded only $1 in pain and suffering to the plaintiff.

Our Process

1.
Early & Accurate
Evaluation


2.
On-Time Reporting
Throughout the Life of the Case

3.
Legal Analytics
Proven Results
We Play
to win

We believe that Successful litigation results are a blend of both art and a science. Our innovative legal analytics, legal project management and client service have put us at the forefront of litigation management. Our focus on up-front and early case evaluation, settlement, timely reporting, and litigation analytics are why insurance carriers throughout the world choose SFE defend their insureds throughout the Pacific Northwest. We work skillfully and cost-effectively to find a favorable resolution to your litigation challenge

SFE has represented clients in numerous industries for decades. Our experience in representing many types of businesses within various markets — including bars, restaurants, QSR, grocery, big box retail, manufacturers, distributors, sporting venues and more — allows our attorneys to gain critical experience on a wide range of industries helps us to understand the industry and its unique challenges.

Often the desired course of action to resolve conflict, particularly in complex, time sensitive, expensive catastrophic injury cases is the best course of action. With that in mind, our CGL defense team is committed to resolving even the most hotly contested disputes outside of court and with less delay and expense than in the traditional litigation process. The firm’s lawyers are involved in the arbitration and mediation of injury disputes of all kinds, which can result in significant cost and time savings for our clients.

CGL defense matters cannot be solved with a one size fits all approach. Our philosophy in analyzing and mitigating risk is the same whether our attorneys are negotiating a deal or helping to resolve a dispute. Early evaluation and discovery is critical. Our team seeks to identify legal defenses theories at the earliest point possible.

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