Rory W. Leid, III
Rory W. Leid, III received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1992 and his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, in 1995. He represents numerous large and small insurance companies in all aspects of first party insurance issues.
He has represented insurance companies as lead counsel in hundreds of insurance fraud investigations and all levels of litigation regarding fraud investigations, including the successful Appellate case of Keith v. Allstate, 105 Wn.App. 251, 19 P.3d 443 (2001) and Koehler v. Allstate, Court of Appeals, Division I, Cause No. 62778-3-I. He has also litigated numerous first-party insurance coverage and bad faith cases including the successful Appellate cases of Wright v. SAFECO, 124 Wn.App. 263, 109 P.3d 1 (2004), and Ensley v. American Commerce, 153 Wn.App. 31, 220 P.3d 215 (2009).
Rory Leid's representation extends to all levels of insurance related litigation, including, but not limited to, all commercial lines, personal lines, and third party defense issues. See Goettemoeller v. Twist, 161 Wn.App. 103, 253 P.3d 405 (2011) and Larsen v. Burzotta, Court of Appeals, Division I, Cause No. 67447-1-I.
In addition, Mr. Leid serves as general counsel for the Puget Sound Special Investigator's Association. Mr. Leid is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Washington and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- The Attorney Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine Apply in UIM 1st Party Cases, and Information Generated Post-Litigation is Not Discoverable - Assisted by A. Elyse O’Neill. Richardson v. Gov't Emps. Ins. Co., 200 Wn. App. 705, 403 P.3d 115, (2017), petition for review denied, 2018 Wash. LEXIS 264 (Wash., Apr. 4, 2018).
- Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, Upholds Jury Verdict Finding Plaintiffs Intentionally Started Fire - Dennis Schmidt and Wendy Demeter v. American Commerce Insurance Company Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, No. 74369-4-1.
- Allstate Prevails on Actual Cash Value - Assisted by Jeremy L. Muth. Represented Allstate Insurance Company in declaratory action, Allstate Insurance Company v. Richard Pennant and Sandie Pennant, USDC W.D. Wash. Case No. 3:17-cv-05817-RBL.
- Chan v Theresa Yang & Farmers Insurance Company - CWLH was able to obtain a defense verdict in the case of Chan v Theresa Yang & Farmers Insurance Company. This was an Agent Negligence case wherein Ms. Chan alleged that the agent was negligent in failing to provide an endorsement for additional equipment that the insured had installed on her vehicle. Mr. Leid was successful in dismissing the Consumer Protection Act claim on Summary Judgment and the Agent Negligence case proceeded to trial. The jury found that the agent was not negligent and returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Theresa Yang - Hang W. Chan v. Teresa Yang, doing business as Farmers Insurance, King County District Court Cause No. 155-08378
- Allstate v. Lighthouse et. al. - CWLH successfully prevails on behalf of Allstate in unlawful practice of law, criminal profiteering, and fraud suit - USDC, Western District of Washington, Cause No. 2:15-cv-01976 RSL
- North Seattle Health Center Corp. v. Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Company - Obtains $350,000.00 judgment against health clinic and owners - WWDC Cause No. 2:14-cv-01680-JAR
- American Commerce Insurance Company v. Ross Hill and Lindsey Clarimont, et al - CWLH wins declaratory judgment action - USDC – Eastern – Case 2:17-cv-00111-TO
- Kabrich v. Allstate - 9th Circuit upholds dismissal of bad faith claims - US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Case No. 14-35768
- Chang v. Glover - Court overturns default - King County Superior Court No. 14-2-30263-1 SEA
- 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
- Goettemoeller v. Twist - Obtained dismissal of lawsuit and affirmed on appeal for service of process issues - 161 Wn.App. 103, 253 P.3d 405 (2011)
- Ensley v. American Commerce - UIM Bad Faith lawsuit obtain dismissal of all claims at the trial court level and affirmed on appeal - 153 Wn.App. 31, 220 P.3d 215 (2009)
- Wright v. SAFECO - First-party Insurance Claim regarding bad faith and coverage for a water loss. Obtained dismissal at trial court level of all claims and affirmed on appea. - 124 Wn.App. 263, 109 P.3d 1 (2004)
- Keith v. Allstate - First-party vehicle fire loss including issues of insurance fraud, coverage, and extra-contractual claims. Obtained dismissal of all claims at trial court and affirmed on appeal - 105 Wn.App. 251, 19 P.3d 443 (2001)
- Koehler v. Allstate - First Party insurance claim involving two theft losses and a water loss. Obtained dismissal of all claims at trial court level and affirmed on appeal - Court of Appeals, Division I, Cause No. 62778-3-I
- Larsen v. Burzotta - Third-party automobile accident obtained dismissal at trial court level based on bankruptcy and affirmed on appeal - Court of Appeals, Division I, Cause No. 67447-1-I
- 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.