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Faculty | Insurance Bad Faith Claims Seminar | Seattle, WA | March 01, 2012
Insurance Bad Faith Claims Seminar

Emilia L. Sweeney - (Carney Badley Spellman):
EMILIA L. SWEENEY, a principal with Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle, has extensive experience in complex litigation involving insurance matters and deceptive and unfair business practices, and she has litigated a broad array of product and products liability suits. Ms. Sweeney represents small businesses and large institutions in individual suits, mass tort, and class actions. She advises clients, who manufacture or sell consumer products in the U.S., on compliance with rules and regulations governed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration. Ms. Sweeney regularly provides industry-specific training seminars for insurance, retail, and manufacturing clients, and she has testified before the Washington House and Senate subcommittees on matters affecting the insurance industry and civil judgments. Ms. Sweeney was recognized by Seattle Met magazine as one of King County’s “Top Lawyers 2010.” She is president of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. Ms. Sweeney received her B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

James A. Lambka - (Wiener & Lambka, P.S.):
JAMES A. LAMBKA, an owner of the Renton law firm Wiener & Lambka, P.S., works in the field of bad faith insurance practices as part of managing the firm’s litigated cases. Mr. Lambka has practiced as a plaintiff’s attorney, first in the field of employment law and, for the past fifteen years, as a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney. Mr. Lambka is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and he has tried cases in five different counties in Washington. Mr. Lambka is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and he is active within the Washington State Association for Justice, having served on the committees for court rules revisions, judicial relations, and review of appellate decisions. Mr. Lambka received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University. While in law school, he became a Francis Lewis Law Fellow.

Colleen A. Christensen - (The Christensen Firm PLLC):
COLLEEN A. CHRISTENSEN, owner of The Christensen Firm PLLC in Seattle, practices in the area of complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis in insurance coverage litigation. For over twenty years, Ms. Christensen has assisted corporate, governmental, non-profit, and individual policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers. Her experience includes representing policyholders in lawsuits against their insurance companies for bad faith and breach of contract under all types of liability policies, including general, D&O, professional, and environmental liability policies. Ms. Christensen has represented policyholders seeking coverage under first party policies for property damage. She has frequently presented and written on issues involving insurance coverage, ethics, and complex discovery matters. Ms. Christensen received her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Matthew J. Sekits - (Bullivant Houser Bailey PC):
MATTHEW J. SEKITS is a shareholder with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC in Seattle and the firm’s Hiring Committee Chair. Mr. Sekits is a trial lawyer focusing his practice on defending and prosecuting cases on behalf of corporate clients, including insurance companies, in complex commercial litigation. He has significant litigation experience in a wide range of multi-million dollar cases involving liability and property insurance, bad faith, complex business litigation, and serious personal injury. Mr. Sekits has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict and represented clients in numerous arbitrations and mediations. He is frequently asked by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues to act as pro bono counsel to secure the return of children abducted from their home countries under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction. Mr. Sekits is a frequent presenter and author for professional education programs. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. Mr. Sekits received his B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.