Haley K. Krug

Haley K. Krug

Counsel


Haley Krug is an accomplished commercial litigator and trial lawyer who focuses her practice on policyholder-side insurance coverage litigation. Her practice also includes construction defect litigation, securities and shareholder derivative cases, and other complex business disputes.

Haley particularly enjoys helping her clients navigate the web of strategy and substance that arises in multi-jurisdiction cases and coverage litigation involving multiple insurers and scores of insurance policies. Using her strong analytical and writing skills, she has been the architect of successful motions practice in a wide variety of high-stakes commercial cases.

Haley has been recognized as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers each year since 2012. She regularly speaks to industry groups and writes on insurance coverage topics.

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Professional Experience

Representative Matters

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, Haley Krug, and Greg Pendleton represent STP in this ongoing massive insurance recovery case. Haley and Dale represented STP in a vigorous court battle over where the insurance dispute was to be decided. Over months of litigation, they 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.

D.C. Court rules for building owner in construction defect dispute

A large, multi-employer pension fund with significant real estate holders was involved in a multi-million dollar construction defect suit involving extensive water damage in a building it owned in Washington, D.C. Dale Kingman and Haley Krug represented the pension fund in complex, multi-party litigation that ended in a three-month trial. The court awarded significant damages to repair leaks and resulting water damage throughout the building.  Dale and Haley also obtained substantial recoveries for the owners through pre-trial settlements.

Indemnification obtained in environmental release case

Chemco is a family-owned business that, among other things, operates a diesel fuel transloading station in Whatcom County, Washington. When the company suffered a significant environmental release and was required to clean it up, Haley Krug helped Chemco recover the costs from a commercial general liability insurance policy via summary judgment rulings in Superior Court.

Insurer must pay under D&O policy in bankruptcy court

DBSI is a former real estate investment company whose directors and officers were pursued on various securities and other claims throughout the country. Haley Krug and Frank Cordell successfully represented the company’s chief executive officer in insurance litigation taking place in Delaware Bankruptcy Court, obtaining coverage for the individual’s defense over the objection of the company’s insurers.

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • YMCA Youth Mock Trial Competition, Volunteer Rater
  • Girls on the Run, Running Buddy 

Representative Clients

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Employment Related Claims, 17th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, The Seminar Group, 2014
  • Speaker, D&O and E&O Insurance: Available Coverages and Recurring Issues, 2nd Annual Comprehensive Insurance Law Conference, The Seminar Group, 2015 
  • Speaker, Finding Insurance Coverage When the Employment Relationship Goes Wrong, Handling Challenging Employees, The Seminar Group, 2014
  • Speaker, Learn to Examine Your Commercial Property Policy, WSBA Continuing Legal Education Annual Construction Law Midyear, 2012 

Bar/Court Admissions

Personal

Outside the office, I enjoy running, hiking and spending time with my husband and three young children. Among my volunteer activities, I serve as a ‘running buddy’ with Girls on the Run of Puget Sound, which teaches life skills to elementary school girls through dynamic interactive lessons and running games.

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, 2007
    • Executive Editor, Michigan Law Review
    • Membership Coordinator, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law
  • B.A., Columbia University, 2003
    • Dean’s List
    • Women’s Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field, NCAA Championship Qualifier 

Recognition

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star,” Insurance Coverage, since 2012