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Kim is a northwest native and a double graduate of the University of Washington, where she received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in 1996 and her J.D. in 2000. Kim’s broad civil litigation defense practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith, serious injury and wrongful death, UIM defense, premises liability, trucking/transportation defense and property disputes for both insurance companies and corporate clients.

Kim has significant experience defending high-value claims, from investigation though trial and appeal. Her achievements include numerous summary judgment dismissals, published appellate decisions and favorable jury verdicts.

  • Summary judgment dismissal of a premises liability/traumatic brain injury suit against two multi-national retailers arising out of a car v. pedestrian accident in a shopping center parking lot. The court agreed that retail tenants owe no duty with respect to the design of the common area parking lot. The dismissal avoids expansion of commercial tenant tort duties with respect to common area parking lots.
  • Defense verdict in overuse of force case involving a customer who claimed security personnel at a local venue broke his arm.
  • Vasquez v. Am. Fire & Cas. Co., a published opinion allowing insurers to limit UIM coverage for those who are not Named Insureds under a business auto policy.
  • Hurley v. Port Blakely Tree Farms L.P., a published opinion determining that clearcutting above residential properties does not constitute an “abnormally dangerous activity” subject to strict liability.
  • Goodwin v. Los Lobos LLC, an overuse of force case tried before a jury in King County. Plaintiff claimed six-figures in damages. The jury returned a defense verdict.
  • Representation of a large, well-known general contractor on a construction defect subrogation case co-tried in Spokane County. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a multi-million dollar verdict in favor of the client.
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • WDTL Women’s Commission Member
  • Manufactured Housing Community Preservationists, Board of Directors (Secretary)
  • CLE Speaker/Presenter: “Covid Litigation,” Northwest Insurance Law Conference, October 2021
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Changes in Washington Premises Law,” June 2021
  • CLE Speaker/Presenter: “Are UIM Claim Files Ever Privileged?” March 2021
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Jury Trials During Covid,” March 2021
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Negotiation Tactics and Strategy,” March 2021
  • CLE Speaker: “Discovery of UIM Claim Files,” Northwest Insurance Law Conference, October 2020
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Washington Jurisdictional Review – First Party Property Claims.” June 2020
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Coverage Review: COVID-19 Business Loss Claims,” May 2020
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Coverage Considerations in First Party Property Claims.” April 2020
  • CLE Moderator: “Bad Faith and Calculation of Treble Damages Under IFCA – Bench and Bar Perspective,” December 2019
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Factors in Claim Valuation,” August 2019
  • Speaker/Presenter: “Preparation of Corporate Witnesses,” June 2019
  • Speaker/Presenter: Opening Statements – Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), November 2018
  • J.D., University of Washington, 2000
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1996, cum laude
  • State of Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
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