Donald J. Verfurth

Partner

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Donald Verfurth is a Partner in the Seattle office. Since entering private practice, Mr. Verfurth has focused on insurance coverage, with special emphasis on environmental, products liability, directors and officers, excess casualty, ERISA, construction, bad faith and title insurance. This has also included representing insurance companies in appeals in a variety of complex matters, before the appellate courts of Washington and Oregon, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Mr. Verfurth also has extensive experience with professional liability defense (accountants, lawyers, real estate brokers and agents, environmental engineers, and insurance brokers and agents). He also represents clients in class actions and unfair trade claims, including TCPA. Over the course of his practice, he has handled numerous jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal court in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.

    Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Verfurth was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington.

    Admissions

    Washington
    Oregon
    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    United States District Court, Washington (Western and Eastern District)
    United States District Court, Oregon
    United States Supreme Court

    Memberships

    Washington State Bar Association (faculty member, New Attorney Program)
    American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section, National Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Practice Section)
    King County Bar Association
    Defense Research Institute
    Northwest Environmental Claims Association

  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    Examples of Mr. Verfurth’s experience include the following:

    • Representing major insurance carriers both in litigation and non-litigation matter
    • Representing major insurance companies in the following appellate matters
      • Washington Counties Risk Pool; American International Group, Inc.; Lexington Insurance Company, Inc. et al. v. Clark County; Donald Slagle; Larry Davis; and Alan Northrop, Washington Supreme Court (2016)
      • Wesley James Garrett v. New Hampshire Insurance Company, Oregon Supreme Court (2015)
      • OSAA v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2008)
      • Alexander Manufacturing Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plant and Trust v. Illinois Union Insurance Company, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2009)
      • Mid Continent Casualty Company v. Williamsburg Condominium Association et al., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2011)
      • Daryl Kollman v. Cell Tech International, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2013, 2015))
      • Spratt v. Crusader Insurance Company, Washington State Court of Appeals (2002)
      • Amazon.com International Inc. v. American Dynasty Surplus Lines Insurance Company, Washington State Court of Appeals (2004)
      • Block v. Law Offices of Ben F. Barcus & Associates, Washington State Court of Appeals (2015)
    • Representing businesses and municipalities in a variety of environmental matters, including regulatory issues, toxic torts and general environmental defense
    • Representing clients engaged in business transactions to avoid environmental liability
    • Representing accountants, financial advisors, mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, escrow agents, insurance agents and brokers, and directors and officers in professional liability litigation
  • Publications & Presentations

    Publications

    Washington Contributor, Brownfields Law and Practice - The Cleanup and Redevelopment of Contaminated Land (Michael B. Gerrard ed., Matthew Bender)

    Presentations

    Lessons From The Trial Trenches, Gordon & Rees Legal Education Conference, January 2015 (New York, NY)

    Problem Jurisdictions, DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, December 2015 (New York, NY)

    The Elf in the Room, DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, December 2011 (New York, NY)

  • Education

    Education

    J.D., magna cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1985

    • Thomas More Scholar
    • Order of Barristers

    M.A., University of Detroit, 1977

    A.B., cum laude, Georgetown University, 1977

    Clerkship

    United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

    Honors

    Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers® (Law & Politics, 2013)

    The Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Litigation - Insurance (2016-2020)

    Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Environmental, Professional Liability Defense and Insurance Coverage (2008-2019)

    Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,
    Martindale-Hubbell