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William Willard assists the Home Forum Q & A of the Seattle Times
 - Can a condominium board require unit owners to carry homeowners insurance?
 - My condo association won a lawsuit. How should it distribute the leftover settlement money?


EXPERIENCE

LAW OFFICE OF WILLIAM WILLARD, PLLC

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Attorney, September 2004 to Present
Practice areas include: litigation, business, real estate, environmental, construction and insurance coverage. Environmental matters include site clean ups and redevelopment, cost recovery and insurance matters. Construction law practice includes representing homeowners and contractors in construction disputes in litigation, arbitration as well in non-litigation situations. Environmental matters include representation of City of Mercer Island, individuals and businesses in MTCA hazardous materials clean up situations. Insurance matters include representing individuals in disputes with insurers both personal and commercial lines issues. Major cases have included: Recovery of more than $1.5 million on behalf of Seattle area homeowners in a class action for defective construction of subdivision; Recovery of $1 million for homeowners in lawsuit against major builder regarding defective windows in dozens of homes in East Side subdivision; Recovery of substantial damages for 12 Seattle town home owners in action against builder and suppliers of defective home heating systems; Co-lead counsel in class actions on claims for defective PEX piping.

KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT APPOINTED ARBITRATOR
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

June 2010 to present
Court appointed arbitrator in cases subject to Mandatory Arbitration.

THE COE LAW GROUP, PLLC
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Partner, June 2000 to September 2004
General civil practice with an emphasis on litigation. Partner responsible for litigation matters in state and federal courts. Practice areas included representation of Condominium Associations, construction defect litigation, environmental, insurance coverage, real estate, commercial matters and civil litigation. Environmental insurance coverage matters included recoveries from insurance companies on policies up to 30 years old for property owner for losses due to dry cleaner contamination at a major re-development site. Major construction defect litigation included: Recovery for condominium homeowners in Renton area condominium in excess of $3 million;
Recovery for Fairview area condominium homeowners in excess of $3.6 million; Recovery for Bothell homeowners association for condominium defects in excess of $1 million. Represented Seattle condominium association in first party insurance coverage claim, recovery of approximately $500,000 for building repairs.

LAW OFFICE OF WILLIAM T. WILLARD
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Attorney, May 1998 to June 2000
General civil practice in state and federal courts, included environmental matters, insurance coverage, land use, real estate, commercial, personal injury, employment, administrative law and civil litigation.

MIKKELBORG, BROZ, WELLS AND FRYER
SEATTLE WASHINGTON

Attorney, May 1998 to June 2000
Litigation practice with a focus on environmental law, including cost recovery and cost allocation. Cases include; Pine Street Development L.L.C. v. Marshall Fields Stores, Inc. et. al., Litigation of hazardous waste clean up cost recovery and cost allocation among dozens of parties at major re-development project in downtown Seattle; Puget Sound Energy v. Alba General Insurance, et al., Multi-site environmental insurance coverage litigation; Mayer v. City of Seattle, et al., Toxic tort and MTCA litigation including Court of Appeals, and City of Tacoma v. BNSF, et al., Recovery of environmental clean up costs on behalf of City of Tacoma for site of new downtown museum and park.

GAITAN, LENKER, DAVIS & MYERS
SEATTLE WASHINGTON

Attorney, August 1996 to May 1998
General civil practice, with an emphasis in: environmental, insurance coverage; real estate transactions; commercial lease disputes; commercial and construction litigation. Alternative dispute resolution procedures: included EPA Pilot Superfund ADR Allocation Project, involving allocation of clean up costs among hundreds of parties, In re: Tulalip Landfill. Larger litigation matters included: Canron v. Federal Insurance, environmental insurance coverage litigation, Mayer v. Seattle of Seattle, multi-party tort and MTCA defense and cost recovery litigation.

TEWELL & FINDLAY
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Attorney, September 1994 to August 1996
Practice areas included insurance defense, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, personal injury and business litigation. Cases included: American Alliance Insurance Co. et al. v. Dwyer Electric, et al., successful defense of defendant in case with claim of $22 million liability in multi-party fire loss.

LAW OFFICE OF WILLIAM T. WILLARD
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Attorney, April 1993 to November 1995
General civil practice in state and federal courts including environmental, insurance coverage, land use, real estate, administrative law and civil litigation.

MCGEE, RENO & WHITEHEAD
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Associate, January 1991 to April 1993
General civil practice in state and federal courts, cases included representation of a major party in Western Processing Superfund litigation. Superfund litigation involving hundreds of parties and clean up costs in excess of $110 million.

INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Intern, Office of Legal Counsel, January 1990 to May 1990
Assisted Department attorneys with Clean Water Act, Superfund and RCRA enforcement cases.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Clerk, May 1989 to August 1989
Responsible for assisting attorneys in the Regional Counsel's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response in Superfund cases. Participated in case preparation and referral to the Department of Justice for enforcement action.

MCCREA & MCCREA
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

Clerk, April 1988 to May 1989
Personal injury, environmental and toxic tort litigation including: Appeal to Indiana Supreme Court; Reply Brief in Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Brief for Rehearing before Indiana Court of Appeals.


BAR ADMISSIONS
Washington State Bar Association, November 1990, #20248
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


EDUCATION
Indiana University School of Law
Bloomington, Indiana
J.D. May 1990
Honors:
American Jurisprudence Prize Award Property II
Dean's Honors; Fall 1988, Spring 1989

Washington State University
Pullman, Washington
B.Sc., Environmental Science, 1985
B.A., English, 1986


PUBLICATIONS
Author of the supplements for 2005, 2006 sections on Washington law, and the 2007 and 2010 section for Washington and Oregon law in Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States, Third Edition published by Aspen Publishers.