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"Where Knowledge is Power"
Over 300 Million Dollars Recovered on Behalf of our Clients
We Represent Condo Associations, Apartment and Commercial Building Owners in the Pacific Northwest - for Over 30 Years
The attorneys at Stein, Sudweeks & Stein have over thirty years' experience representing condominium associations, apartment and commercial property owners in the Pacific Northwest. While the firm got its start litigating construction defect claims on behalf of Pacific Northwest condominium associations, the scope of our practice expanded in 2012 when Washington law changed to allow for potential insurance coverage for hidden water damage caused by a combination of long-term rainwater intrusion and construction defects.
We Don't Just Follow the Law- We Make the Law
Since 2012 we have been at the forefront of representing condominium associations and apartment building owners in pursing claims against property insurers for damage caused by long-term exposure to wind and rain. Our goal is to recover funds to repair a client’s building without litigation. However, when litigation is necessary, we have been very successful in pursuing these claims. Within the last six years the firm has obtained seven significant court rulings that helped establish an association or property owner’s right to pursue claims against old, expired insurance policies (some more than 30 years old) and also helped establish that coverage exists when long-term exposure to wind driven rain combines with inadequate construction to cause hidden damage to the building’s exterior walls.
In large part due to these rulings, the firm has successfully settled more than 60 of these hidden water damage cases. We have at least another forty insurance claims in progress and growing. Our firm has five attorneys whose expertise is in insurance coverage to better serve your needs.
Free Review- We Strategize With our Clients from the Start
One of the reasons for our success with these type of insurance claims is that we spend the time necessary to thoroughly review our clients insurance policies and repair and maintenance records free of charge before initiating a claim. Based upon this review, we advise our clients if they have a viable claim that is worth pursuing. We find that knowing the potential value of the claim upfront allows our clients to make informed business decisions as to whether they want to pursue an insurance claim.
Our Association was having issues with water intrusion, damage, and costly repairs...
After much hard work, the firm obtained substantial recovery for our Association from a wide range of insurance policies. I am very impressed with the firm's work effort, communication and analysis.
Your property insurance policies may cover the cost of making repairs to your aging condominium, apartment or commercial building.
Meet Daniel J. Stein,
Condominium in Greenlake, WA
This 15 unit Condominium was built in 1985. An insurer insured the property from 1988-1993. There was a history of water leakage repairs including a deck replacement project in 2011. Our firm obtained a substantial recovery on behalf of the Association even though their insurance policy expired in 1993. The funds helped to pay for a full building envelope restoration.
Condominium in Bellevue, WA
This Condominium was built in 1990 and consisted of 10 buildings with 240 units. Our firm obtained significant insurance recovery on behalf of the Association which helped to fund a full building envelope restoration.