Jackie Mitchson helps leading insurers resolve first and third-party coverage disputes and bad faith litigation related to homeowners, commercial, auto, and health policies. With jury and bench trial experience under her belt, she brings value by looking deeply at what would realistically help resolve the issue between the insurance carrier and policyholder. She also provides coverage advice and writes coverage opinions when clients have questions about novel coverage issues.
With a business background, Jackie understands accounting, the balance sheet, and the factors that affect her clients’ decision-making. She looks at not only the policy and the law but other underlying business factors to resolve an issue and avoid litigation in the first place. Clients appreciate that she is thorough, anticipates what they need to be successful, and takes a holistic view to come up with a unique resolution and outcome that satisfies everyone involved.
- Oregon, 2014
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- University of Oregon, School of Law – J.D., 2014
- Washington State University – B.A., Business Administration, cum laude; B.A., Political Science, cum laude 2011
- Represented insurer before the Oregon Court of Appeals in insured’s challenge of attorney fee award that trial court entered in favor of insurer after trial court dismissed the case under Anti-SLAPP statute. The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed without opinion.
- Drafted motion to strike that resulted in exclusion of insured’s “wood decay expert” in first-party insurance coverage case related to wind-driven rain. Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer, finding no “collapse” as defined in the policy.
- Defended commercial liability insurance company’s denial of coverage in garnishment proceeding. Obtained defense verdict following a two day bench trial.
- Successfully defended health insurer’s denial of coverage for surgical procedure due to the policyholder’s failure to pay premium. The court dismissed the case on summary judgment.
- Defended auto insurer in mandatory arbitration to determine whether the insurer properly determined the policyholder was no longer entitled to receive personal injury protection benefits after its expert determined she had fully recovered from the auto accident. Received defense verdict after arbitration hearing.
- Defended auto insurer in federal court. Received a judgment from the court dismissing the case with prejudice after filing a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s ruling.
- Defended insurer that provided coverage for employee embezzlement for one policy period but denied coverage for employee embezzlement that continued through consecutive policy periods. Successfully argued on summary judgment that the policy’s “prior insurance” provision limited the number of policy periods implicated by the employee’s long-term embezzlement. The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s grant of summary judgment.
EXPLORING CULTURE THROUGH FOOD
Jackie grew up in the kitchen with her mom where she developed a love for cooking and learning about how other cultures eat and dine together. Studying hospitality and hotel management overseas at the Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland gave her an even broader perspective.
She has kept those interests alive, hosting dinner parties, gardening, and, as time allows, mastering sourdough bread baking. Nowadays when Jackie picks up a cookbook, she sees new recipes as a way to travel around the world and hopes to pass that on to her two young daughters.
Jackie’s love of food has crossed over into community service. She has volunteered with Oregon Food Bank and the Food for Lane County. She also currently serves on the board of Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, which raises funds for the Oregon Food Bank.