Michael Guadagno defends leading insurance and reinsurance companies in third-party liability coverage disputes and bad faith litigation involving many different lines of insurance products, including commercial general liability, professional liability, homeowners, and property and casualty. With an established cross-border practice in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, he’s skilled at figuring out multiple lawsuits that are in play at the same time and thrives on resolving challenging cases to get results for his clients. He helps insurers avoid lawsuits and advises them on a variety of claims, including construction defect, sexual assault, transportation, and environmental pollution.
Clients seek out his counsel especially on high-value and high-risk cases because he is adept at navigating all the issues and seeing pitfalls down the road. Michael is frank with clients about the reality of their cases and claims, their options and all the risks involved, and estimates on likelihood of success.
- Alaska, 2016
- Washington, 2004
- Oregon, 2013
- Idaho, 2014
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
- Seattle University, School of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2003
- Seattle University – M.B.A. – International Business, 2003
- University of Missouri, Columbia – B.A. – Political Science, 1999
- Unigard Ins. Co. v. Wausau Underwriters Ins. Co., 15 Wash.App.2d 1014, 2020 WL 6557837 (2020). Defended carrier against contribution claim by a co-carrier seeking $2 million in reimbursement. Obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims, which was affirmed on appeal.
- Safeco Ins Co of Oregon v. McPartland, 2021 WL 1691134 (D. Or. April 29, 2021). Represented carrier in dec action involving a coverage dispute over applicability of a general liability policy. Obtained finding of non-coverage.
EDUCATING YOUTH ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
In parallel with his practice as an attorney, Michael has a passion for educating youth about law and democracy. He has facilitated mock trials and taught classes throughout the school year in every grade level on constitutional rights, the legal justice system, and the American Bill of Rights. This has always been important to him because he believes that a democracy depends on an educated public. Volunteering his time with youth is his way of teaching the next generation and making an impact. He has worked with judges, attorneys, police officers, and crime scene investigators to build crime scenes on school campuses for students to do forensic testing in science class, learn about what evidence is admissible in court and get exposure to all the pieces of the justice system.