Nadia A. Bugaighis - Attorney,

Nadia A. Bugaighis

Attorney


Nadia counsels clients on a wide variety of business and real estate transactional matters, including transactions for closely held businesses, real estate financing, commercial leasing, purchase and sale agreements, and corporate governance matters.

Nadia is also an experienced insurance coverage litigation attorney. Prior to joining the firm, Nadia practiced insurance coverage and commercial litigation at a large international law firm. There, Nadia represented insurers in complex coverage disputes arising out of commercial general liability policies, employment practices liability policies, cyber liability policies, errors and omissions liability policies, and directors and officers liability policies. Nadia routinely handled declaratory judgment and bad faith actions involving interpretation of the policies and claims handling in state and federal courts. Nadia also regularly provided counsel to insurers regarding the availability of coverage for various types of claims, including environmental pollution disputes, construction defects, long-tail allocation issues, school district liability, late notice, additional insured issues, discrimination, cyber-attacks, and IP infringement.

Admissions

  • Washington
  • Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • University of Washington, J.D., 2012
    • Legislative Advocacy Clinic
    • Middle Eastern Law Student Association
  • Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts in Art History, 2005

Recognition & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," 2022-Present

Representative Matters

  • Obtained favorable settlement for insurer following an explosion at a large oil refinery based on application of a pollution exclusion in litigation spanning over seven years and involving over 1,000 parties, $500 million in damages, bankruptcy, and admiralty jurisdiction.
  • Successfully argued for and obtained dismissal of bad faith and punitive damages claims in a $64 million lawsuit against insurer involving a dock collapse.
  • In coordination with a select team, collectively drafted over 700 manuscript endorsements for a large multi-national publicly traded property-casualty insurer.
  • Successfully obtained partial summary judgment in favor of insurer in lawsuit brought by homeowners’ association, developer, general contractor and subcontractors under a wrap policy on basis that policy limits were annualized and eroding.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in a $5 million lawsuit regarding a major seafood supplier’s contaminated fish oil on the basis that the policy’s watercraft exclusion precluded coverage. Affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Successfully argued for dismissal of $10 million claim by policyholder for defense and indemnity relating to CERCLA/MTCA remedial actions and Natural Resource Damages on basis that dates of underlying claims violated the claims made and reported obligations of the insuring agreement and manuscript pollution exclusion precluded coverage.
Pro bono Service
  • Successfully obtained asylum for asylee and family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in claim for asylum, withholding of deportation, and stay of removal based on client’s advocacy work for free and transparent election process and subsequent abduction/torture.
  • Successfully obtained past and future disability benefits for veteran in Military Sexual Trauma claim related to multiple sexual assaults during military service.