About Thomas LetherThe Captain and Founder
Captain 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 and has tried several 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 failure, Safeco Field defect claim and the Plaza 305 crane collapse. Mr. Lether also represents a number of insurers in the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Rim regarding first and third party claims, including coverage disputes, adjustment concerns, and issues involving water intrusion, collapse, construction defects and environmental claims. Mr. Lether also represents insurance brokers, medical institutions, construction professionals in professional liability and class action matters. Mr. Lether has also served as an appraiser, expert witness, and mediator, and he is a frequent lecturer on insurance related topics.
Mr. Lether is licensed in the State Courts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Courts for the State of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Colorado. 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.
Finally, he is a licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and is qualified to serve as an expert in maritime matters.
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Lether & Associates is proud to announce that Kevin Kay has joined Lether & Associates as a partner. Kevin started his civil practice with Tom Lether and Eric Neal over 15 years ago and has since worked in the Northwest and around the country as coverage and...
The Washington Supreme Court Rules on the Impact of Agent’s Representations in Regard to a Certificate of Insurance
The Washington Supreme Court issued its decision in T-Mobile USA INC. v. Selective Insurance Company of America on October 10, 2019. The majority opinion, joined by seven of the nine justices, held that an agent with apparent authority can bind an insurance company...
Eric Neal will be presenting at the National Business Institute Seminar on November 6th at 2:45pm. "Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know," is a two-day event on November 6th and 7th in Bellevue, Washington. The subject of this presentation will be Creatively...