In addition, Mr. Birk has represented individual and organizational clients in litigation and at trial in cases ranging from commercial disputes to automobile accidents to securities fraud. He has represented clients with severe brain injuries and clients who were defrauded of millions.
Mr. Birk serves as a volunteer attorney with the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic. He has served as Newsletter Editor of the American Association for Justice Insurance Section, Associate Editor for insurance law for the Trial News, the monthly publication of the Washington Association for Justice. He has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Washington and has received a 10.0/superb rating from Avvo.com. Before entering private practice, Mr. Birk clerked at the Washington Supreme Court.
Articles & Presentations
WSAJ’s 37th Annual Insurance Seminar, Class Actions in Insurance Cases and anti-SLAPP Update, Sea-Tac & Spokane, Washington, January 23 & 30, 2015.
The Cedell Presumption: Discovery of the Insurer’s Claim File in Insurance Bad Faith Litigation in Washington, 49 Gonz. L. Rev. 503 (2014).
Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook, Chapter 19 (3d. ed. 2014).
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Tort Law Update, UIM Bad Faith Claims, Fircrest, Washington, October 17, 2014.
The Right of an Additional Insured to a Copy of the Insurance Policy, Trial News, vol. 48, n. 9, Washington State Association for Justice (May 2013).
WSAJ’s 35th Annual Insurance Seminar, Co-Chair, Spokane & Tacoma, Washington, January 24 & 25, 2013.
WSAJ’s 34th Annual Insurance Seminar, Reasonableness Hearings under RCW 4.22.060 and the Right to Jury Trial, Spokane & Tacoma, Washington, 2012.
Ian S. Birk, “Supreme Court accepts review in stipulated judgment case,” Trial News, vol. 47, n. 3, Washington State Association for Justice (November 2011).
WSAJ’s 1st Annual Winter Conference, Using Consumer Laws to Better Represent Your Injured Clients, Seattle, Washington, 2010.
Ian S. Birk and Lorraine Lewis Phillips, “Should Juries Be Informed of the Consequences of Their Apportionment Decisions?” Litigation News, Litigation Section of the Washington State Bar Association, vol. 21, n. 2 (Fall 2009).
Ian S. Birk, Review: “The Trial of the Templars looks at the use of torture in legal proceedings.” Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, vol. 43, n. 1 (September 2007).
Ian S. Birk, Review: “All Deliberate Speed: Carrying the Mandate of Brown v. Board of Education into the Future.” Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, vol. 40, n. 11 (July/August 2005).
Paul Chemnick and Ian S. Birk, “Defeating Allegations of Contributory Fault in Medical Negligence Cases,” Trial News, vol. 39, n. 11, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (July/August 2004).
Honors & Awards
Selected to the Top 40 Under 40 in Washington by The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
Named to Washington Super Lawyers list, 2005-2006, 2008-2018.
Professional and Civic Involvement;
Washington State Bar Association, Member;
King County Bar Association, Member;
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Past Member;
American Constitution Society, Puget Sound Chapter, Past Co-Chair;
American Association for Justice, Member;
Washington State Association for Justice, Member;
Trial News, Associate Editor for insurance law;
King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics, Volunteer Attorney;
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