Specializing in commercial insurance coverage, Linda exclusively represents policyholders in claims and lawsuits. She has experience with a wide range of coverages. Property (including earthquake), Builders Risk, Primary and Excess liability, Construction Defect,. Cyber liability, Errors and Omissions (including General Partner Liability and Development Liability), Directors and Officers, and Employment Practices
Her focus is in commercial, mixed-use, and multi-family construction and real estate development. She has worked in that industry for over twenty-five years representing real estate developers, general contractors, first tier subcontractors, architects and engineers, lenders, property managers and owners associations.
Linda’s early experience as a partner and trial attorney at Lee Smart, an insurance defense firm, provided excellent training dealing with insurers and trying construction related claims. Later, as a partner at Foster Pepper, Linda expanded her experience in the industry, handling cases for construction defects involving condominiums, apartments and new construction. She was a co-founder of its Insurance Coverage Group.
Linda is a frequent speaker on insurance coverage in continuing legal education courses, having presented to construction and real estate lawyers and insurance professionals on topics such as indemnity, additional insured coverage and property coverage.
Kyle’s practice focuses on insurance recovery for commercial policyholders and the resolution of construction and commercial disputes.
Policyholders seek out his advice for complex matters arising under many different insurance policies, including commercial general liability, professional liability, errors and omissions, director and officer, property, environmental, cybersecurity, and owner- or contractor-controlled insurance programs. Kyle also advises contractors, developers, owners associations, multi-family property owners, private equity firms, governmental entities, and other commercial parties in contract drafting and negotiation, development projects, and construction disputes.
He is a regular and sought-after speaker and author on insurance and construction issues across the county. He has served as vice-chair for the American Bar Association, Property Insurance Law Committee, a national group dedicated to the education and development of first-party insurance law, and contributed annually to the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal’s publication tracking the development of insurance law. He is the author of the Oregon State Bar’s BarBooks Insurance Law chapter on personal and advertising injury coverage.
Nick Thede is an insurance recovery litigator who represents policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes. He has advised clients in a wide variety of insurance disputes, including claims and lawsuits arising under commercial general liability, professional liability, directors and officers, employee dishonesty, and commercial and residential property insurance policies. Nick has successfully represented clients in claims, trials, arbitrations, and appeals, and has obtained numerous favorable settlements for his clients.
He has successfully represented commercial property owners, multi-family property owners, homeowners’ associations, and residential property owners seeking coverage under their property insurance policies. In addition, Nick has secured coverage for contractors, developers, and other corporations under their liability policies. He also has substantial experience litigating claims for insurance “bad faith” and recovery of attorney fees on behalf of his clients. Nick has also represented clients in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. Given this experience, Nick is uniquely qualified to represent policyholders seeking insurance benefits for loss concerning intellectual property rights and cybersecurity breaches.
Nick has been selected to the “Rising Stars” list, published by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, each year since 2013. He regularly presents and writes on a variety of insurance coverage issues. Additionally, he has been quoted in Law360, a publication that covers breaking news in insurance litigation and policy.
Brian L. Gingerich joined the firm as “of counsel” on May 1, 2018. Brian brings over 25 years of experience representing business clients in transactions, entity formation and dissolution, human resources, risk management and litigation.
Previously, as a shareholder with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Brian represented a broad range of real estate and construction clients in all aspects of business administration. For several years prior to joining us, Brian served as in-house counsel for a regional construction company. In that role, Brian provided business, transactional, contracting and human resources advice. As an experienced litigator and business attorney with a strong construction industry background, Brian brings a unique set of skill and perspective to our construction clients.
Brian brings all that experience to his alternative dispute resolution practice. He has represented stakeholders in transactions and in litigation, enabling him to understand the business considerations key to creating a zone of agreement to allow parties to settle disputes. Whether in arbitration or mediation, Brian’s experience and ability to confidently explain the risks of litigation allows parties to make practical and sound business decisions. Brian’s experience and approach follow that of our firm and will enhance our services in the real estate and construction industry.