Patrick H. LePley​


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Patrick LePley has fought and won numerous trials in Washington. His trial skills have earned his clients verdicts and settlements that total millions. More importantly, Pat and his daughter Elizabeth have delivered justice to those that otherwise would have been left without it.

Focusing on specialized areas of the law, Patrick LePley has earned a reputation as an expert in all types of tort and insurance law. He has written or has contributed to many of the laws that protect the Washington consumer. He is frequently in Olympia and Washington DC speaking with legislators and executives, working to protect those laws from special interests who seek to increase profits over protecting people.

He is past president of the Washington State Association for Justice and has served on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice. He has held numerous leadership positions in those associations as well as the Washington State Bar Association. Pat has written and contributed to articles published in numerous legal publications in Washington and nationwide. He is the creator of the annual “How to Hammer Allstate” CLE and has lectured throughout the United States to professional legal organizations.

Pat LePley is a Seattle native with close ties to just about everywhere in the Puget Sound. He is married to Carol Hern-LePley, who served as the firm’s manager for many years. Pat and Carol are also partners in Hern-LePley Racing, a successful horse-racing company that races all over the west coast.

Patrick is an Expert in Insurance Bad Faith
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Washington, 1971
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Puget Sound, School of Law, 1976
  • Named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Named Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Received the Presidents Award from Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Special Achievement Award for Founding, Organizing and Chairing the Insurance Law Seminar for more than 25 years
  • The Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Among Parties to the Insurance Transaction
  • The Washington Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance Deskbook, Chapter 8, 1989. That particular deskbook, Chapter 8, has had two editions and four separate updates over the years, the most recent of which occurred in 2009. Patrick LePley was responsible for writing each of the updates.
  • Chapter 5, Automobile Accident Litigation Deskbook, 2000. Chapter on bad faith litigation involving automobile insurance policies.
  • Chapter titled “Navigating Appraisal Clauses”, the WSAJ Insurance Litigation Deskbook for Property Insurance, 2022.
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles, Cle Elum, Aerie No. 649 v. General Acc. Ins. Co. of America, 792 P.2d 178, 1990, Wash.App. Div. 3, 1990094057
  • O’Rourke v. Department of Labor and Industries of State of Wash., 788 P.2d 17, 1990, Wash.App. Div. 1, 1990054914
  • Husfloen v. MTA Const., Inc., 794 P.2d 859, 1990, Wash.App. Div. 1, 1990116406
  • Romanick v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 795 P.2d 728, 1990, Wash.App. Div. 1, 1990125429
  • Winters v. State Farm, 31 P.3d 1164, 2002, Washington State Supreme Court, 2001838122
  • Mahler v. Szucs, 957 P.2d 632, 1998, Washington State Supreme Court, 1998119271
Patrick LePley