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Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.

A Professional Services Corporation

701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3600, Seattle, Washington 98104-7010

Established: 1972

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Legislative Law

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About Us

Carney Badley Spellman, established in 1972, is a full-service law firm representing a diverse clientele, including privately held small businesses, public institutions and Fortune 500 companies. The firm services multiple industries including insurance, finance, real estate, construction, manufacturing, education and health care. Carney Badley Spellman is well known for having the largest government affairs team in Washington state.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Principals


Jason W. Anderson

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bad Faith
  • Class Actions
  • ERISA
  • Health Care
  • Property and Casualty
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Subrogation
Admitted
  • Washington, 2000
Memberships:
  • Washington State and King County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Seattle University, B.A. (cum laude), 1997
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2000

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Linda B. Clapham

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Washington, 1987
  • Oregon, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education:
  • University of Washington, B.A. Political Science, 1982
  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1986
Law Review:
Associate Editor, Willamette Law Review, 1984-1986

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Cynthia G. Flynn

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Automobile Liability
  • Automobile Tort
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Bodily Injury
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Commercial and Personal Lines
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contractors Liability
  • Fire Loss
  • General Civil Practice
  • General Defense
  • General Liability
  • Litigation
  • Homeowners
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Personal Lines
  • Personal and Commercial Vehicle
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property Defense
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Slip and Fall
  • Tort Liability
  • Tort Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dram Shop
Admitted
  • California, 1990
  • Washington, 1996
  • Idaho, 2007
  • Utah
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2004
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Santa Clara University, B.S., 1987
  • Santa Clara University, J.D., 1990
Military:
U.S. Army Court of Military Review, 1991; U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Court of Military Review, 1993

Born: 1965

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Jeffrey D. Laveson

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • Aviation
  • Product Liability
  • Tort Litigation
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Washington, 1986
  • Oregon
Memberships:
  • American, Washington State and King County Bar Associations
  • Northwest Insurance Coverage Association
Education:
  • Marietta College, B.A. (cum laude), 1976
  • University of San Diego, J.D., 1986

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Timothy J. Parker

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Defense Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Excess and Reinsurance
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Life Insurance
  • Managed Care Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Reinsurance
  • Self-Insured
  • Special Investigative Unit Claims
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Subrogation
  • Trial Practice
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination
Admitted
  • Washington, 1978
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association (Hearing Officer)
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1975
  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1978

Born: 1953

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C. Scott Penner

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Advertising Injury
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bad Faith
  • Breach of Contract
  • Builders Risk
  • Business Law
  • Business Interruption
  • Civil Litigation
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Contractors Liability
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Coverage Issues
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Design Professionals
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Engineers
  • Fire Loss
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • General Defense
  • General Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Negligence
  • Property
  • Property Damage
  • Property Defense
  • Property Liability
  • Property Loss
  • Property and Casualty
  • Protection and Indemnity
  • Public Entities
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Subrogation
Admitted
  • California, 1986
  • Washington, 1990
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Washington State Bar Association
Education:
  • Stanford University, A.B., 1982
  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1986

Born: 1960

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Nicholas P. Scarpelli, Jr.

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Dram Shop
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • Washington, 1974
Memberships:
  • Washington State and Seattle-King County Bar Associations
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1970
  • Gonzaga University, J.D., 1974
Law Review:
Editorial Board, Gonzaga Law Review, 1973

Born: 1948

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Melvin N. Sorensen

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Legislative Law
Admitted
  • Washington, 1984
Memberships:
  • Washington State Bar Association
Education:
  • Walla Walla College, B.A. (cum laude), 1980
  • University of Puget Sound, J.D., 1983

Born: 1957

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Emilia L. Sweeney

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • Washington, 1988
Education:
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1988

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Timothy K. Thorson

Seattle, WA

Practice Areas
  • Advertising Injury
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Bodily Injury
  • Business Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Contract Disputes
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Litigation
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Tort Liability
  • Tort Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trial Practice
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1982
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1985
Memberships:
  • American, Washington State and King County Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. (with honors), 1976
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. (with honors), 1979
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D. (with honors), 1982

Born: 1953

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