Miles is a 2018 honors graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, and upon graduation, became an immediate contributor alongside GTTC’s team of accomplished litigators by achieving favorable outcomes for clients in state and federal courts across Washington. Although Miles’s practice spans the full range of GTTC’s work, he specializes in the firm’s insurance recovery practice, with a particular focus on professional liability, cyber losses and liabilities, and environmental property damage and asbestos bodily injury liabilities resulting from business operations occurring decades ago.
Miles is a member of the firm’s Allyship, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee and helped create the firm’s Law School Leg-Up Grant Program, which provides undergraduate students with mentorship and financial assistance for LSAT prep and law school applications. He is also a volunteer attorney with the Juvenile Parole Project.
During his time at the University of Washington School of Law, Miles served as a member of the Moot Court Honor Board and competed nationally for the school’s Thomas Tang National Appellate Advocacy team. Now an alumni, Miles serves as a volunteer coach to current students on the Thomas Tang team, and a judge for Moot Court Honor Board competitions at the law school.
- Providence Health & Services et al v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London et al. – Successful resolution of insurers’ denial of coverage under management liability and directors and officers excess liability insurance policies for arbitration award for wrongful termination of employee.
- National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA v. Expedia, Inc. – Successful resolution of insurer’s declaratory judgment action to disclaim coverage for underlying class action lawsuit by hotel owners alleging violations of the Lanham Act.
- Summary Judgment for Snoqualmie Indian Tribe on COVID-19 Insurance Claim – Miles and GTTC partner Kasey Huebner prevailed at summary judgment in an insurance coverage dispute arising from the insurer’s denial of coverage for the Tribe’s business interruption losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial court’s ruling established that the Tribe’s business interruption coverage was triggered by the governmental closure orders and that no exclusion precluded coverage. This matter was stayed pending the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in Hill and Stout PLLC v. Mut. of Enumclaw Ins. Co.
- Summary Judgment on Policyholders’ Property Insurance Claim – Miles won summary judgment for a policyholder in an insurance coverage lawsuit resulting from the insurer’s denial of coverage for damage to the insurer’s property. Based upon the arguments Miles presented, the court ruled as a matter of law that the insurance policy covered the costs that the policyholder incurred to repair the damaged property. The ruling led to a highly favorable settlement for Miles’s client.
- Favorable Arbitration Ruling on Municipality’s Claim for Defense Coverage – Miles prevailed at arbitration and established that the policyholder municipality was entitled to reimbursement from its governmental risk pool for defense costs that were incurred in a parallel state court proceeding. The ruling ensured that the municipality was reimbursed for all of the defense costs it incurred while the covered claims against it were pending in federal court.
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
- Juvenile Parole Project, volunteer attorney, 2022 to present.
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Lightning Round: Significant developments in Washington insurance law over the last year and the implications for Washington policyholders, 2021 Insurance Webinar
- The Wild West of Insurance: Insuring the Cannabis Industry, 2020 GTTC Insurance Webinar
- #MeToo But Not You: Insurance Coverage for #MeToo Claims, 2019 GTTC Insurance Seminar, Seattle, WA
Outside of the office, I am an avid traveler and diehard sports fan. Although I love exploring new places all over the world, nothing beats the annual trips to my family’s cabin on Flathead Lake, Montana and Glacier National Park, which is just a stone’s throw away. When I don’t have my suitcase, it’s always a safe bet to find me around Seattle watching sporting events with friends, or at my season tickets in the Climate Pledge Arena to watch the Kraken.