Bruce  Winchell - Retired, Seattle

Bruce Winchell

Retired | Seattle


Bruce Winchell retired at the end of 2021. Prior to retirement, Bruce focused his practice on business litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and business advice. During his nearly 40 years of practice, Bruce was regarded for his extensive trial, arbitration, and mediation experience focusing on preventing and efficiently solving problems.

Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (1984)
  • Southern Illinois University, B.A. (1978)

Recognition & Honors

  • Washington Super Lawyers (2010 - 2021)
  • Lawyer of the Year for Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants by Best Lawyers (2021)
  • The Best Lawyers In America in Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2009 - 2022)
  • Top Attorneys in Washington, Seattle Met (2015 - 2019)

Representative Work

  • Represented diversified holding company in coverage claims arising under multiple directors and officer policies.
  • Represented large Seattle based retailer in a commercial claim arising out of investment in business operated by former senior employee.
  • Represented members of professional practice in dispute with LLC members concerning non-compete and division of assets.
  • Represented fish processing firm in coverage claim arising out of property damage from gas leak.
  • Represented large agricultural processor in coordination of all legal services.
  • Represented Seattle law firm in federal jury trial and Ninth Circuit appeal.

Publications & Presentations

  • “What Business Lawyers Should Know About Insurance,” author, WSBA Business Section Newsletter (Fall 2016)
  • Lexis-Nexis Practice Guide: Washington Insurance Litigation, contributing author (2015)
  • “Insurer’s Defense of Insured: Ethical Traps,” presenter, NBI CLE (2015)
  • “Tips for Effective and Efficient Case Management,” presenter, WSBA CLE (2014)
  • “Tips for Effective and Efficient Case Management: Streamlining Cases Without Sacrificing Quality,” author, WSBA Litigation News, Volume 25, No. 4 (Fall 2013)
  • “Written Discovery,” program co-chair and presenter, WSBA CLE (2013)
  • “Duty of Defense Counsel,” presenter, HB Litigation Conferences (2013)
  • “Property Policies,” program co-chair and presenter, WSBA CLE (2012)
  • “Ethical Dilemmas,” presenter, Insurance Fundamentals for Personal Injury Practice, NBI CLE (2012)
  • “Property Policies,” program co-chair and presenter, WSBA CLE (2011)
  • “Overview of Property Policies,” presenter, NBI CLE (2011)
  • “Bad Faith and Consent Judgments,” presenter, NBI CLE (2010)
  • “Bad Faith in Washington,” program co-chair and presenter, WSBA CLE (2010)
  • “Gather Information Critical to Your Case,” presenter, NBI CLE (2010)
  • “Discovery in Washington,” presenter,NBI CLE (2009)
  • “Keys to Successful Bad Faith Litigation,” presenter, NBI CLE (2009)
  • “Gather Information Critical to Your Case,” presenter, NBI CLE (2008)
  • “Bad Faith and Consent Judgments,” presenter, NBI CLE (2008)

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Executive Committee (2001 - 2006), Litigation Section, Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, Member
  • Mentor for University of Washington School of Law Students (2004-2019)
  • Frequent Judge, Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions
  • Bayview Senior Housing Community, Board Member (2011 - present), Board Chair (2016 - 2018), Past Chair (2019)
  • Seattle World School, Volunteer Tutor
  • United Friends Group Home, Foundation Board (2012 - present), Chair (2016 - present)

Background & Interests

Bruce enjoys spending time with family, travel, outdoor activities, and volunteer work with Seattle World School and Bayview Senior Housing Community.