Greg Pendleton is an accomplished commercial litigator. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage advice and litigation, exclusively on behalf of policyholders. He is experienced in disputes over coverage for professional errors and omissions, property damage, bodily injuries, construction defects, data breaches, director and officer liabilities, employment disputes, environmental contamination, and securities fraud. In addition, Greg handles first-party coverage matters such as product recall and contamination, food spoilage, and wind, flood, or fire damage.
In his general commercial practice, Greg represents businesses and business owners in contract and tort disputes. He also maintains a healthcare practice, advising physicians and other healthcare professionals involved in licensing investigations by the Department of Health. Greg’s clients appreciate his calm and practical approach to their business and professional problems.
Greg joined the firm in 2016 because he wanted to focus his practice on insurance recovery and GTTC was the place to do it. After graduating from law school in 2006, he held a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in the Office of the Undersecretary of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Before joining GTTC, he was an associate at law firms in Boston and Seattle.
Tunnel boring machine breaks down, insurers refusing to pay
The $3.1 billion Seattle tunnel was designed to replace the downtown Alaskan Way Viaduct after it was damaged in a 2001 earthquake. The “Bertha” tunnel-boring machine sustained physical damage far beneath the surface, and a recovery shaft was drilled so that it could be repaired. A consortium of insurance companies denied coverage to Seattle Tunnel Partners’ (STP) claims under a Builder’s Risk Policy. STP, the contractor building the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project in Seattle, is seeking coverage from its property insurers for damage to the project and the tunnel-boring machine. In 2015, STP filed a lawsuit seeking recovery of policy proceeds. Along with co-counsel, GTTC lawyers Dale Kingman, Matthew Pierce and Greg Pendleton represent STP in this ongoing massive insurance recovery case. Dale represented STP in a vigorous court battle over where the insurance dispute was to be decided. Over months of litigation, he helped STP’s litigation team defeat the insurers’ numerous attempts – at both the Superior Court and appellate levels – to move the dispute to New York. The case will now be decided locally, in the community the project serves.
Long-tail coverage counsel to Weyerhaeuser Company
For nearly 30 years, GTTC’s lawyers have served as coverage counsel to iconic Northwest business Weyerhaeuser Company. Greg Pendleton, Frank Cordell, Susannah Carr and Chelsey Mam currently represent the company in litigation against the London Market, AIG, and other insurers over coverage for liability arising out of the Kalamazoo River Superfund Site, one of the largest and most costly Superfund sites in history.
Coverage counsel to Snohomish County after Oso landslide tragedy
On March 22, 2014 a massive landslide killed 43 people in the Steelhead Haven neighborhood near the community of Oso in Snohomish County, Washington. In the aftermath, victims and their families filed dozens of wrongful death claims against three defendants, including Snohomish County. These claims have been consolidated in King County into the State’s largest-ever wrongful death action. Frank Cordell was selected to represent the County as coverage counsel, and, along with Chelsey Mam and Greg Pendleton, currently is prosecuting litigation against the insurers in federal court in Seattle.
City turns to insurer to help pay largest land use verdict in state history
In 2004, a developer proposed building a parking garage on land it owned. Over the ensuring years, the city in which the land is located was alleged to have frustrated the developer’s efforts. The city eventually took title to the land through a deed in lieu of foreclosure transaction. The developer later sued the city. In 2016, after more than three years of litigation, the King County Superior Court awarded $18.3 million to the developer – reportedly the largest land use judgment in the history of Washington State. The city is appealing the verdict. In an effort to recover insurance dollars to satisfy the judgment, Frank Cordell and Greg Pendleton are representing the city in a parallel insurance coverage case in federal court.
Coverage Counsel for Alaska Crab and Fish Processor
In late 2015 and early 2016, a series of massive windstorms and freeze events struck Adak, Alaska. Adak is a small island in the Aleutian chain and is among the most remote inhabited places on earth. The storms caused widespread property damage in Adak, including to the buildings and pier of Premier Harvest, a crab and fish processor. Jeff Tilden and Greg Pendleton are representing Premier Harvest in federal court litigation against Premier Harvest’s insurer and the insurer’s third-party administrator.
Washington Produce Supplier Turns to GTTC
Dale Kingman and Greg Pendleton were recently tapped to represent a 105-year-old Washington company in connection with its effort to recover insurance dollars stemming from a recall of frozen vegetables. The litigation concerns contaminated products insurance and is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Counsel for Adams County Farmers in Coverage Litigation
Jeff Tilden and Greg Pendleton are coverage counsel in litigation taking place in Eastern Washington over a damaged potato crop. GTTC clients, two farmers and their respective farming/ranching entities, sought coverage from their liability insurer after they were sued for negligently failing to inform a third farmer about application of a herbicide prior to the planting of the potatoes. The insurer has taken the position that the underlying claim is not covered by the policy because it concerns pollution rather than negligence.
Coverage Counsel for Bank in Condo Defect Case
In 2016, Prime Pacific Bank and PPB Sunset 100 Properties LLC were sued by their insurers in a declaratory judgment action. The insurers contend there is no coverage stemming for an underlying construction defect case involving waterfront condominiums in Everett, Washington. GTTC lawyers Dale Kingman and Greg Pendleton are currently defending the coverage action on behalf of their banking clients.
I did a lot of travelling before going to law school. I’ve visited close to 40 countries – including five months exploring South America. Now, with a law career and two kids, I’m obviously not spending as much time on the road.
Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our son and daughter. I read a lot, and especially enjoy novels about the American West. Being a sucker for power tools, I also spend a fair bit of time on projects around the house and in the yard. I’ve always done a lot of skiing, especially at Whistler (my wife and I are originally from British Columbia), and look forward to sharing this activity with my kids in the coming years.