Bob Meyers is Of Counsel in the firm’s Seattle office. Bob has extensive experience representing US and international insurers in complex, high-value insurance matters in Washington State, 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, and contract negotiations.

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, media liability, employment practices liability, environmental liability, sexual misconduct liability, homeowners liability, auto liability, fidelity bonds, reinsurance, first-party property, health, excess and umbrella.

Bob also has considerable experience assisting insurance clients in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and lawsuits, including disputes relating to long-tail insurance claims and disputes involving “lost” policies. He has also assisted clients with claims and disputes that have a nexus to several jurisdictions other than Washington, including claims and disputes that have a nexus to Oregon, California, Hawaii, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire and Tennessee.

Bob is a thought leader and has been frequently called upon by clients and legal associations to give presentations on Washington insurance bad faith law and other insurance-related topics.  Since 2015, Bob has authored several editions of Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance, arguably the most comprehensive resource on Washington insurance bad faith law.

Several publications have recognized Bob for his legal services. Bob is AV® certified by the Martindale-Hubbell judicial, peer and client review rating system. He has been selected to Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage and was also selected as a “Rising Star.” Bob has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” in Seattle Met, and he has earned a “Superb” rating from Avvo.

Bob is originally from Edmonds, Washington and presently resides in Sammamish, Washington with his wife, two young daughters, and two golden retrievers. When not helping clients with their legal needs, he spends his time parenting his daughters and dogs, chipping away at his wife’s honey-do list, traveling to Camano Island, and watching Seattle and University of Washington sports when he gets a chance. 

  • Obtained a judgment dismissing under the doctrine of forum non conveniens a lawsuit against a property insurer seeking USD 62.5 million in insurance coverage for alleged business interruption losses arising from COVID-19. 
  • Obtained an order transferring to a California federal court a lawsuit seeking insurance coverage, asserting extra-contractual claims, and alleging damages totaling more than USD 9 million.  
  • Obtained a judgment dismissing an auto insurer from an insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuit alleging damages totaling more than USD 1.5 million. Prevailed on appeal.
  • Obtained a judgment dismissing a property insurer from a lawsuit seeking insurance coverage, asserting more than 30 extra-contractual claims, and alleging damages totaling more than USD 2.1 million.
  • Obtained a judgment dismissing breach of contract claims for which the plaintiff was seeking damages allegedly totaling USD 2.9 million plus 12 percent prejudgment interest.
  • Obtained a judgment dismissing an excess liability insurer from a lawsuit seeking insurance coverage for four multi-plaintiff underlying lawsuits seeking damages for bodily injury and property damage resulting from a major landslide.
  • 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 USD 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 USD 4 million.
  • Obtained a judgment dismissing an excess liability insurer from a lawsuit seeking insurance coverage for 14 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

  • Co-presenter, "Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance," in-house presentation to clients, June 2019
  • "Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance," in-house presentations to clients, June 2018
  • “Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance,” Legal Education Series CLE/CE Program, June 2017
  • “Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance,” pre-recorded webinar, November 2015
  • Co-presenter, “Insurance Hot Topics 2015,” in-house presentation to clients, August 2015
  • “Washington Bad Faith Law,” in-house presentation to clients, June 2015
  • Co-presenter, “Insurance Bad Faith Litigation,” Pincus Professional Education CLE Seminar, February 2015
  • Co-presenter, “Intellectual Property Insurance Claims,” in-house presentation to client, January 2015
  • Co-presenter, “Intellectual Property Insurance Claims,” in-house presentation to clients, November 2014
  • Co-presenter, “Hot Topics in Insurance,” in-house presentation to clients, July 2014
  • Co-presenter, “Preparing Claim Professionals for Deposition and Trial Testimony,” in-house presentation to clients, October 2013
  • Co-presenter, “The State of Bad Faith in Washington,” Insurance Bad Faith Law Webinar Series, June 2013

Publications

  • "Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance," white paper, January 2019
  • "Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance," white paper, Summer 2018
  • “Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance,” white paper, Fall 2017
  • “Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance,” white paper, Fall 2016
  • “Washington Bad Faith Law at a Glance,” white paper, Fall 2015
  • “Washington Insurance Law – 2014 Year in Review,” white paper, January 2015
  • “Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act Does Not Apply to Liability Insurance Claims,” Insurance Law Blog, June 2014
  • “Washington Insurance Law – 2013 Year in Review,” white paper, January 2014
  • “Washington Supreme Court Presumes That First-Party Insurers May Not Assert Attorney-Client Privilege or Work Product Protection in Insurance Bad Faith Actions,” Insurance Law Blog, March 2013
  • “Washington Supreme Court Articulates New Analysis of EUO Conditions,” Insurance Law Blog, January 2013
  • “Washington Supreme Court Declares That Binding Arbitration Provisions in Insurance Policies Are Unenforceable,” Insurance Law Blog, January 2013

Bar Admission

  • Washington (1995)
  • Oregon (2012)
  • US Supreme Court (2006)
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011)
  • US District Court for the Western District of Washington (1997)
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (2005)
  • US District Court of the District of Oregon (2015)

Education

  • University of Washington, M.B.A., with honors (2011)
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., with honors (1994)
  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, M.A.I.R. (1994)
  • University of Washington, B.A., International Economics (1991)