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Thomas Lether is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and the University of Puget Sound Law School. He has been involved in insurance and commercial litigation since 1988. Mr. Lether’s primary clients include numerous National and International insurance companies, several smaller insurers and independent adjusting firms. He also represents a number of contractors, property owners, and business owners. His practice predominantly involves the representation of insurance companies and individuals in the investigation, adjustment and defense of complex coverage matters. Mr. Lether also defends insurance companies in bad faith and Consumer Protection Act litigation. He has been involved in a number of construction defect cases, property loss claims, coverage litigation and insurance bad faith claims. He has tried multiple coverage and bad faith claims to successful jury verdicts. He has been involved in thousands of coverage investigations. This includes lead counsel in the Pang Warehouse Fire (the largest commercial arson loss ever tried to a jury in Washington State history), Manglona v. Allstate (the largest residential arson loss ever tried to a jury in Washington State), and coverage counsel in such matters as the McGuire Apartment tower collapse, the Oso Landslide, the Interstate 5 Bridge Collapse, the 2020 Seattle Protest claims, Safeco Field defect claim, the Plaza 305 crane collapse and as national counsel in a number of COVID claims.
Mr. Lether also represents a number of insurers in the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Rim in all types of complex insurance matters, including first party property claims, third party liability claims, personal and commercial auto claims, professional liability matters, and environmental claims. Mr. Lether also represents insurance brokers, medical institutions, construction professionals in professional liability and class action matters. Mr. Lether also serves as an appraiser, expert witness, mediator, and arbitrator, and he is a frequent lecturer on insurance related topics.
Mr. Lether is licensed in the State Courts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Courts for the State of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado and the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared in the majority of all Western States on a pro hoc vice basis and provides coverage advice on a National and International basis. Mr. Lether is also admitted to practice in several tribal courts in the Pacific Northwest.
Finally, he is a licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and is qualified to serve as an expert in maritime matters.