Daniel R. Bentson

Shareholder (Effective January 1, 2016), Seattle Office

Direct Dial: 206.521.6420
Fax: 206.386.5130

Practice Areas


Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


  • University of Washington, School of Law - J.D., 2005
  • Biola University - B.A., 2002

Practice Experience

Dan Bentson, a senior associate, will become a shareholder effective January 1, 2016 in Bullivant Houser Bailey's Seattle office. He is a civil litigator and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime litigation, and complex insurance coverage disputes. Dan has represented clients in a variety of business litigation matters and has defended insurers against contractual, statutory, and bad faith claims. He has presented at professional conferences and published on topics relevant to both insurers and corporate defense counsel.

Following law school, Dan was a prosecutor and successful trial lawyer in the United States Army JAG Corps. While in the Army, Dan handled numerous felony prosecutions and served as lead counsel in a capital murder case. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and received the Bronze Star Medal for his service. Before joining Bullivant, Dan served as a law clerk to Justice James Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Member, Admiralty Litigation Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member, Insurance Law Committee)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a "Rising Star" in Washington Super Lawyers (2015 — Insurance Coverage)
  • Recipient of the United States Army's Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal

Advisories and Insights

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Speaker, "Intermodal Transportation and Risks," Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (MIAS) Day of Education (2015)
  • Co-Speaker, "Case Law and Regulatory Update, Washington State" The Seminar Group Comprehensive Insurance Law Conference (2014)
  • Co-Speaker, "Words Matter: Drafting and Interpreting Insurance Policies," Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco (2014)
  • Co-Author, "Binding Arbitration Clauses No Longer Bind Policyholders in Washington," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Newsletter (2013)
  • Co-Speaker, "Introduction to Extra-Contractual Insurance Claims in Washington State," Western States Surety Conference (2013)
  • Co-Author, "Fringe Science Put to the Test in 'Collapse' Case," King County Bar Association, Bar Bulletin (2013)
  • Chapter Author, "Professional Liability Insurance: A Compendium of State Law," Defense Research Institute (DRI) (2012)
  • Co-Speaker, "Surety Law Updates – Western States (Except California)," Western States Surety Conference (2012)