Davis Rothwell has over 30 years of experience in insurance coverage litigation, including counseling insurers on various aspects of insurance coverage and bad faith. We have a thorough knowledge of policy provisions; common practices in the insurance industry; and the obligations of primary, excess, and reinsurers in dealing with problematic or unusual claims.

Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the terms and conditions underlying all types of insurance contracts, and are skilled in interpreting policies and analyzing complex coverage issues. The firm regularly assists in providing coverage opinions, exposure evaluation, monitoring and coordination of complex problem claims, defense of insurance coverage, and bad faith lawsuits.


In 2014, insurance coverage cases represented 10 percent of the firm’s caseload.

Our firm litigates insurance coverage cases in Oregon and Washington at the state, federal, and appellate court level. The firm has litigated and created legal precedent in many coverage cases over the years. These cases include:

  • Duty to defend
  • Third party bad faith
  • Umbrella policy coverage
  • Professional liability
  • Pollution
  • Employment-related torts
  • Personal and advertising injury
  • Claims made policies
  • First party claims


Davis Rothwell personnel have received numerous awards in this practice area – such as Best Lawyer® in America’s award in 2012 as Oregon’s Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, as well as receiving Super Lawyer® ratings every year for the past ten years.

Our coverage attorneys are members of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) Coverage Committee, Defense Research Institute (DRI) Insurance and Tort Section, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). They have also presented many seminars to fellow attorneys and claims professionals on various coverage areas.