Gordon & Polscer has long been involved in handling significant insurance, corporate and business litigation in the Pacific Northwest. Whether it is a property coverage dispute or an environmental pollution action, our firm’s depth and experience continues to be recognized by our clients, as well as the industry.

Here is a snapshot of the types of cases we handle:

+ General Liability & Property Coverage

Our attorneys provide advice to insurance companies and businesses on all aspects of general liability and property coverage, including first-party and liability claims, bad faith and extra-contractual claims, claims-handling, class-action claims, and all aspects of insurance coverage litigation.  Whether large losses or small, routine cases or novel legal questions, our attorneys have the experience to help with any general liability or property coverage matter.

+ Auto/Trucking Coverage

We advise and defend insurance companies and businesses against personal and commercial auto/trucking claims.  These claims often involve complex insurance coverage questions, and our attorneys have extensive experience helping our clients with these claims.

+ Construction Defects

Gordon & Polscer attorneys defend contractors against a wide-variety of construction defect claims, and advise insurance companies on their obligations to their insureds on construction defect claims.  Construction claims present unique insurance issues and our attorneys have extensive experience advising and litigating these claims.

+ Environmental Contamination & Pollution

Our attorneys handle some of the largest and most complex environmental contamination and pollution claims in the Pacific Northwest and along the West Coast.  We defend businesses facing environmental claims, and also advise and defend insurance companies facing environmental remediation and pollution claims.  These claims often involve multiple parties and complex legal questions. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping our clients resolve these claims.  We work with some of the top environmental consulting firms in the Pacific Northwest and can help untangle the complicated issues that arise in environmental contamination and pollution claims.

+ Toxic Torts

We handle all aspects of toxic tort claims for insurance companies and businesses.  These claims often involve complex causation and damages issues. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending these claims and advising our clients on the best and most cost-effective resolution of these matters.

+ Employment Claims

Our attorneys defend businesses and insurance companies against a wide variety of employment claims, including wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, and employment benefits claims.  We also advise insurance companies and businesses regarding insurance coverage for employment claims.

+ Technology Claims

Gordon & Polscer attorneys are on the front-lines advising and defending our clients on a wide variety of technology claims.  We have handled cases involving insurance claim computer systems and cloud-based computing security.  We have the experience and technical know-how to help you with your most complex technology claims.

+ Suspicious Losses

Our attorneys have extensive experience investigating suspicious losses for our insurance company clients.  We work with top investigators and have an impressive track record of getting to the bottom of suspicious claims.  We have investigated all aspects of suspicious or fraudulent claims and, where appropriate, our investigations have led to criminal charges being filed against individuals and businesses making fraudulent insurance claims.

+ Professional Liability Claims

Gordon & Polscer attorneys defend attorneys, accountants, design professionals, medical professionals, and real estate professionals against professional liability claims.  We also advise insurance companies on unique insurance coverage issues that can arise under professional liability and general liability policies for these claims.

+ Appeals

Our attorneys have successfully argued appeals in all state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon.  No appeal is too large or too small for our dedicated team of appellate attorneys, and we also have extensive experience with appellate mediation and settlement of claims.

+ Product Liability

Our defense team has a wide range of experience defending product manufacturers and retailers against a host of product liability claims involving personal injury and property damage. Our product liability claims experience includes representing food manufacturers and restaurants against claims of foodborne illness and injuries caused by foreign objects; representing manufacturers and/or retailers of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and industrial equipment such as printing presses, sanders, fuel pump systems, and valves; and representing automobile and motorhome manufacturers, and manufacturers of commercial goods such as wheelchairs, bicycles, appliances, and household products.

Case Studies

Oregon Court of Appeals Limits Subcontractors’ Duty to Defend General Contractors to Claims Related to the Subcontractor’s Work

Case: Sunset Presbyterian Church v. Andersen Construction Co., 268 Or. App. 309 (2014)

Description: In Sunset Presbyterian Church v. Andersen Construction Co., 268 Or. App. 309 (2014), the Oregon Court of Appeals radically changed the scope and enforceability of defense and indemnity provisions in a construction contract. Click here to read more. 

Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Client

Case: Knowledge Learning Corp., et al. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., et al., 2012 WL 1144288 (9th Cir. April 6, 2012)

Description: Attorneys Diane Polscer and Brian Hickman successfully represented primary insurer Discover Property & Casualty Insurance Company (“Discover”) before the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Discover and the insured.  Click here to read more.

Sunset Ruling on Indemnity Leads to Dismissal of Client

Case: Multnomah County v. Conway Construction Company, et. al.

Description: Gordon & Polscer partner Robert Spajic was able to secure a dismissal of a client on the eve of a construction trial that presented significant exposure.  Our client was a subcontractor on a construction project that involved removal, replacement and a retrofit of the lift span of a heavily traveled bridge.  Click here to read more.