Jerry H. Stein

Managing & Founding Partner

Jerry Stein, the founding and managing partner of the firm, has more than 35 years of experience in litigating and resolving insurance coverage issues, construction, and other business and real estate disputes. ​Jerry has tried more than 30 cases.

​​Under Jerry’s guidance, the firm has been in the forefront of representing condominium associations and apartment owners in pursing claims against property insurers for damage caused by long-term exposure to wind and rain. Within the last 5 years, the firm has obtained seven significant court rulings that helped establish an association or owner’s right to pursue claims against old, expired insurance policies and also establish that coverage exists when long-term exposure to wind driven rain combines with inadequate construction cause hidden damage to the building’s exterior walls. In large part due to these rulings, the firm has successfully settled more than 45 of these hidden water damage cases.

When it comes to first-party claims, nobody has done more than Jerry. His extensive experience in this arena is unparalleled, having been involved in a staggering number of mediations. His proficiency in representing clients during these critical negotiating stages has often been the linchpin in securing favorable outcomes.

In addition to his work as trial counsel, Jerry also has extensive appellate experience. In a precedent setting published opinion involving the Marina Cove Condominium Association, Jerry was able to convince the appellate court that an Association’s right to a jury trial on its damage claims prevailed over the standard provisions in a developer’s sale agreement purporting to compel the Association to arbitrate any claims that it might have against the developer.

​Jerry is an Order of the Coif honoree (graduated top 10% of the class) from the UCLA School of Law. He lectures and writes regularly on a wide variety of insurance and litigation related issues. Jerry is also licensed to practice law in Hawaii.

  • (206) 388-0621 (206) 388-0660 (Office)
  • (206) 286-2662
  • Jstein@Condodefects.Com
what our clients' say

Monaco Villas

My Homeowners Association worked with the Stein, Sudweeks & Stein firm in an attempt to recover for water intrusion behind our building’s siding. Stein, Sudweeks & Stein first helped identify all of our historical insurance companies (going back to the 1980s), evaluated their responsibilities, then submitted claims and sued the insurance companies that would not cooperate. The firm worked diligently to maximize recovery for our Association. I would highly recommend these attorneys.

- Ben Former Board Member Monaco Villa

Woodlake Condominium Association

My Association contacted Stein, Sudweeks & Stein after receiving a water-damage investigation report calling for repair of all the balconies in our community. Daniel Stein worked with us to identify the historical insurers of our Association and then sought recovery from those property insurance companies on our behalf. We are very satisfied with the outcome of our case. We highly recommend these attorneys.

- Carol Former Board President, Woodlake Condominium Association

510 Ward Street Condominium Association

An intrusive investigation revealed big problems for our small Association. Stein, Sudweeks & Stein helped our Association find missing insurance policies; answer insurance company examination under oaths; and guided us through both the claims process and litigation. Our Association ultimately recovered about 90% of the repair cost. We want to thank Stein,Sudweeks & Stein for helping us to obtain this great recovery.

- Ingrid, Board President 510 Ward Street Condominium Association

Eastbridge Condominium Association

Even though our property was 30 years old (124 condo units), at the time we won a settlement from both insurance companies that helped us start a 5 million dollar repair project.

- Zoe Allen Eastbridge Condominium Association

Bellevue Manor Condominium Association

Knowing how long law suits take, we thought it would take years for our case to resolve. Fortunately for us, we hired the right attorneys (for our collapse coverage case against insurance companies). If you are looking for trustworthy professionals who can deliver great results in a relatively short period of time- look no further!

- Dmitry Litvinov Bellevue Manor Condominium Association

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