Jerret E. Sale

Of Counsel, Seattle Office

Direct Dial: 206.521.6418
Fax: 206.386.5130

Practice Areas


Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1982
  • Washington, 1984

Court Admissions

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


  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College - J.D., 1979, Environmental Law Review
  • Reed College - M.A.T., 1969
  • Cornell College - B.A., cum laude, 1968

Practice Experience

For more than 25 years, Jerry has been a trial lawyer with Bullivant Houser Bailey focusing on providing insurers insurance coverage and bad faith representation and advice.  Jerry limits his practice to handling appeals, including matters in trial court that will likely be subject to appeal. Jerry has been selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers each year since 2000, and was recently recognized as one of the Top Ten Appellate Attorneys in the State of Washington.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Country Doctor Community Health Centers (Member, Board of Directors; Treasurer)
  • King County Bar Association (Member)
  • Washington Appellate Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Program Chair, Insurance Law Seminar, 2002)

Awards and Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 — Appellate)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 — Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's Top Lawyers list (2010 — Appellate)
  • Recognized by Washington Law & Politics as one of the Top 10 Appellate Law Attorneys in Washington State

Advisories and Insights

Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, "Constitutional Issues in Construction Industry Disputes," Insurance in the Construction Industry Seminar (2010)
  • Speaker, "Appellate Practice," King County Bar Association Appellate Practice Institute (2007)
  • Author, "Coverage Issues in Settlement: Factors and Perspectives," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Snowbreak Conference (2007)
  • Speaker, "Big Picture Insurance Issues in Construction Defect Litigation," Mealey's™ Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Conference (2006)
  • Speaker, "Current Legal Issues in Insurance," Lake Washington Chapter CPCU (2006)
  • Speaker, "Post-Judgment Claims Handling," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Claims Conference (2006)
  • Speaker, "What You Really Need to Know: Insurance Defense Ethics Under Tank V State Farm," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Insurance Seminar (2005)
  • Speaker, "Current Legal Issues in Insurance," Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Lake Washington Chapter (2004)
  • Speaker, "Effective Use of Experts in a Bad Faith Case," Mealey Bad Faith Conference (2004)
  • Speaker, "Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Washington," Lorman Education Services (2004)
  • Speaker, "Emerging Issues in Washington Indoor Air Quality and Toxic Mold Litigation," National Business Institute (NBI) (2002)
  • Speaker, "Intentional and Criminal Acts Exclusions from Liability Coverage," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Insurance Law Seminar (2001)
  • Co-Author, "'West Coast' Estoppel: Something New on the 'Bad Faith' Radar Screen," Mealey Bad Faith Litigation Report, Vol. 14, No. 5 (2000)
  • Author, "Coverage by Estoppel: First and Third-Party Considerations," Mealey Bad Faith Litigation Report, Vol. 12, No. 11 (1998)
  • Speaker, "Ethical Considerations in Excess Coverage Issues," Defense Research Institute (DRI) Excess and Reinsurance Seminar (1998)
  • Speaker, "Kirk and Coventry Associates: How Far Does Butler Go and Why?" Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Insurance Law Seminar (1998)
  • Co-Author, "Handling Environmental Claims in the State of Washington: A New Approach," International Journal of Insurance Law (1996)
  • Co-Author, "Insurance Coverage for Sexual Molestation," 2 Rowland H. Long, the Law of Liability Insurance (1996)
  • Author, "Misrepresentations in the Application for Insurance and Recurring Issues in Insurance Disputes: A Guide for Insurers and Insureds," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), David L. Leitner (1996)
  • Co-Author, "Coverage Under past Policies for Voluntary Environmental Cleanups: The Weyerhaeuser Decision," International Journal of Insurance Law (1995)
  • Co-Author, "Queen City Farms, Inc. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Company; Key Tronic Corporation, Inc. v. Aetna (CIGNA) Fire Underwriters Insurance Co.," International Journal of Insurance Law (1995)