Bob Meyers has extensive experience representing U.S. and international insurers in complex, high-value insurance matters, including advising clients about their rights and obligations under insurance policies, bad faith law, and insurance statutes and regulations, and representing insurers in disputes and lawsuits. He has also assisted non-insurance clients with commercial disputes and lawsuits, contract negotiations, transactions, business governance issues and copyright and trademark issues.
Bob has experience with a wide variety of insurance coverages and insurance claims, including general liability, intellectual property, advertising injury, bodily injury liability, property damage liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions liability, employment practices liability, environmental liability, sexual misconduct liability, homeowners liability, auto liability, fidelity bonds, first-party property, health, excess and umbrella.Bob also has considerable experience handling and managing complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and lawsuits, long-tail insurance claims and insurance claims involving “lost” policies. He has also assisted clients with claims and disputes that have a nexus to several different jurisdictions, including Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Illinois and Tennessee.
- Obtained a judgment declaring that an excess liability insurer owed no duty to indemnify a policyholder and had not committed bad faith in an insurance claim in which there had been a demand for the policy’s $5 million limit.
- Obtained a judgment dismissing a property insurer from an insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuit seeking extra-contractual damages and insurance coverage for property damage allegedly totaling nearly $4 million.
- Obtained a judgment dismissing an excess liability insurer from a lawsuit seeking insurance coverage for fourteen underlying lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct in the back of an ambulance.
- Obtained a judgment dismissing a general liability insurer in a multi-million-dollar construction defect coverage and bad faith lawsuit against a Fortune 500 housing developer. Prevailed on appeal.
- Counsel for insurers and alleged insurers of Catholic archdioceses and dioceses, Protestant churches, businesses and youth organizations in insurance claims and lawsuits relating to underlying claims involving allegations of sexual misconduct. Extensive experience with “lost”-policy issues in such cases.
- Counsel for insurers and alleged insurers in environmental insurance claims and lawsuits. Extensive experience with “lost”-policy issues in such cases.
- Counsel for insurers in insurance claims and lawsuits relating to underlying claims involving or allegedly involving allegations of intellectual property infringement.
- Counsel for an NFL player and his charitable foundation in a lawsuit relating to a series of charity basketball games.
Presentations and Publications
Bob has lectured and published papers on a variety of legal topics, including insurance law, bad faith law, attorney-client privilege issues and procedural and discovery issues.
- Author, “Washington Bad Faith Law At A Glance,” Sedgwick White Paper (2nd ed. Fall 2016).
- Presenter, “Washington Bad Faith Law At A Glance,” Sedgwick Pre-Recorded Webinar (Fall 2015).
- Author, “Washington Bad Faith Law At A Glance,” Sedgwick White Paper (Fall 2015).
- Co-presenter, “Insurance Hot Topics 2015,” in-house presentation to clients (August 25, 2015).
- Presenter, “Washington Bad Faith Law,” in-house presentation to clients (June 10, 2015).
- Co-presenter, “Insurance Bad Faith Litigation,” Pincus Professional Education CLE Seminar (February 27, 2015).
- Co-presenter, “Intellectual Property Insurance Claims,” in-house presentation client (January 13, 2015).
- Author, “Washington Insurance Law — 2014 Year in Review,” Sedgwick White Paper (January 2015).
- Co-presenter, “Intellectual Property Insurance Claims,” in-house presentation to clients (November 14, 2014).
- Co-presenter, “Hot Topics in Insurance,” in-house presentation to clients (July 23, 2014).
- Author, “Washington Insurance Law — 2014 Mid-Year Update,” Sedgwick White Paper (July 2014).
- Author, “Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act Does Not Apply to Liability Insurance Claims,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (June 2014).
- Author, “Washington Insurance Law — 2013 Year in Review,” Sedgwick White Paper (January 2014).
- Co-presenter, “Preparing Claim Professionals for Deposition and Trial Testimony,” presented to clients (October 2013).
- Co-presenter, “The State of Bad Faith in Washington,” Insurance Bad Faith Law Webinar Series (June 2013).
- Author, “Washington Supreme Court Presumes That First-Party Insurers May Not Assert Attorney-Client Privilege or Work Product Protection in Bad Faith Actions,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog
- Author, “Washington Supreme Court Articulates New Analysis of EUO Conditions,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (January 2013).
- Author, “Washington Supreme Court Declares That Binding Arbitration Provisions in Insurance Policies Are Unenforceable,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (January 2013).
- 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court (D. Or.)
- U.S. District Court (E.D. Wash.)
- U.S. District Court (W.D. Wash.)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- M.B.A. (2011) University of Washington, with honors
- J.D. (1994) Syracuse University College of Law, with honors
- M.A.I.R. (1994) Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, with honors
- B.A. (1991) University of Washington (International Economics)
- AV Preeminent® peer-review and client-review rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- Super Lawyer and “Rising Star,” Washington Law & Politics
- Top Lawyer in Seattle Metropolitan
- “Superb”rating, Avvo