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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No Coverage for Breach of Contract Claims Involving Faulty Construction or for Resulting Delay Claims in Oregon
Although not as liberal as the Washington courts, the Oregon courts have not necessarily been kind to liability insurers in coverage disputes arising out of construction defect claims. In a recent federal court ruling, however, the court has clearly held that...
Lether & Associates (and friends) recently wrapped up another season of softball here in Seattle. The slow start to summer did not get in the way of another fun and enjoyable season. This year’s team was made up of employees, as well as spouses, friends and...
In 2013, the Washington State Supreme Court handed down the decision in National Surety Corp. v. Immunex that expanded defense cost exposure in Washington for liability insurers. Specifically, the Immunex court found that Washington liability insurers were not...