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Arezou Arefi-Afshar

Arezou Arefi-Afshar received her B.S. in Criminal Justice with a focus on premedical and forensic science from Seattle University with honors. Ms. Arefi-Afshar received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law with honors. Her prior litigation experience includes construction defect law, premises liability, product liability, and personal injury. Ms. Arefi-Afshar also has prior transactional experience in general business law, corporate governance, and contract drafting and negotiation. Her current practice focuses on all aspects of insurance defense including first-party coverage, bad faith claims, and third-party defense claims.

She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Washington Women Lawyers, Middle Eastern Bar Association of Washington, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, and the King County Business Law Section. Ms. Arefi-Afshar is also an adjunct professor at Pacific Lutheran University where she teaches business law and ethics to financial professionals.

She is admitted to practice in Washington State Courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Representative Cases

  • Newkirk et al v. Allstate - Insurance bad faith claim involving Allstate’s denial of a burglary claim where over a quarter of a million dollars in personal property was allegedly stolen from a garage. Obtained a beneficial settlement result after uncovering evidence of fraud and misrepresentation and concealment - WWDC Cause No. 2:2014cv01315
  • Schmidt et al v. American Commerce Insurance Company - Obtained the largest arson defense verdict in the history of Washington State. Fire loss case where there was evidence of arson and insurance fraud. After a five-week, jury trial, which commenced on September 8, 2015, the Schmidt-Demeters requested that the jury award them nearly 8 Million dollars plus attorney fees; they also asked the court for trebling of the jury award under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act. The jury found that the fire loss was caused by Mr. Schmidt committed insurance fraud by intentionally setting his family home on fire and American Commerce obtained a full defense verdict. American Commerce obtained a verdict in excess of $500,000 - KCC No.: 11-2-28529-4.
  • Taylor v. Allstate - First-party water loss and theft loss including issues of fraud, coverage, and extra-contractual claims. Obtained dismissal of all claims, accept the alleged violations of the Consumer Protection Act. Obtained a favorable settlement on the remaining CPA claim - EWDC Cause Number 2:15-cv-00030-SAB.