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Dan has developed an extensive litigation and trial practice handling cases in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. For more than 25 years, he has litigated general liability claims, represented professionals and handled complex insurance coverage matters. Dan has substantial experience defending healthcare professionals and has a broad background on a range of medical issues. Dan was one of the first attorneys in the country to use an MRI to defend a baby case. This resulted in a defense verdict in the case of Richards v Overlake Hospital, 59 Wash App. 266 (1990)
In addition, Dan has handled a variety of personal injury, general liability and large casualty claims. These include many cases with catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, seizures, paralysis and wrongful death, as well as multi-million dollar property damage claims. Dan has litigated discrimination, wrongful termination and breach of contract claims. He frequently advises clients on risk management and litigation issues. He spent several years monitoring employment discrimination claims around the country for a large Washington corporation. This involved evaluating the claims, working with local counsel and negotiating resolutions to avoid costly litigation.
Dan also works with professional football, baseball and basketball teams across the country negotiating contracts between the team and their physicians, establishing polices and procedures to reduce injury in athletes and developing systems to minimize exposure to lawsuits. Mr. Mullin has been a featured speaker for the NFL, NBA and MLB. His work led to an important decision affirming an immunity defense for professional teams and their physicians in Daniels v Seattle Seahawks, 92 Wash. App. 576 (1998).
Dan has a strong background in insurance law and insurance coverage matters. This includes analysis of policy forms, monitoring litigation and working to resolve issues between insurance companies and businesses. A significant part of this practice involves evaluating defense obligations, recommending coverage positions, and defending bad faith claims. He frequently works on cases associated with multi-carrier coverage and primary/excess problems. Dan served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Litigation Committee and National Editor for the CGL Reporter. He has litigated significant decisions on coverage including a finding that advertising liability did not extend to securities’ law violations, Pine Top Ins. Co. v. PUD No. 1 of Chelan County, 676 F. Supp 212 (E.D. Wash. 1987), dismissal of a bad faith claim and obtaining a $1.5 million reimbursement for the carrier. Direct Focus v. Admiral Insurance, 81 Fed. App. 263, 2003 U.S. App Lexis 23628 (9th Cir. 2003), and a seminal case in Washington recognizing the “known loss” doctrine and limiting an insured’s rights to attorney fees, PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County v International Insurance, 124 Wn.2d 789 (1994).
Dan was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He studied law at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he graduated with distinction in 1982. He was awarded the Order of the Coif and membership in the Traynor Honor Society for academic excellence. Outside the office, Dan enjoys time with his family. He is also in search of the perfect golf course and remains challenged to lower his handicap.
-Member, DRI 1995-present
-Member, ABA Insurance Litigation
-Editor, Commercial General Liability (CGL)
-Arbitrator, King County Superior Court