About Thomas Lether

The 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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Washington Caselaw Update

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a new decision that may have a significant impact on the business of insurance in the State of Washington.  The new decision, Xia v. Probuilders Specialty Ins. Co., is the first Washington appellate...