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August 10th, 2018

NBF attorney Chris Nicoll was appointed by the Washington Supreme Court Administrative Committee to be a member of the Washington Pattern Instruction Committee for a term of 4 years (until July 15, 2022).


August 1st, 2018

NBF attorneys Larry Altenbrun, Chris Reilly, and Noah Jaffe participated in the 2018 Puget Sound Maritime Claims Association golf tournament on August 1, 2018 at Interbay in Seattle. No spectators, passersby, or fellow golfers were injured (as far as we know). The trio had a lot of fun, but blamed their modest results on “spending too much time in the practice of law.”


July 21st, 2018

NBF attorney Chris Nicoll moderated a panel on Washington appellate practice at the annual convention of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association held at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, Washington. The panel members were Court of Appeals Judges Robert Lawrence-Berry and Rebecca Pennell from Division Three, and Judge Bradley Maxa, from Division Two. The panel last 1.5 hours and covered a wide range of topics of interest to trial and appellate practitioners.


July 19th, 2018

NBF attorney Chris Nicoll accepted an appointment on behalf of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers’ Association as a Committee Member to the Washington Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions (also known as the Washington Pattern Instructions Committee). The Committee consists of over 30 lawyers, judges and law professors who meet regularly to review and improve upon jury instructions used in Washington criminal and civil trials.


July 12th, 2018

NBF attorney Larry Altenbrun attended a hearing yesterday with the Washington Resource Damages Assessment Committee and negotiated an agreement with the State of Washington concerning natural resource damages from a 2016 oil spill in Washington waters. The agreement, reached after months of transparent communications, reflects a cooperative and creative resolution to this matter and demonstrates that public and private interests can often be mutually served through engagement, mutual respect, and open dialogue. The agreement includes funding for a project that is important to Washington State Parks. Our client is proud to be helping to benefit the Parks. It was a win-win solution.


July 9th, 2018

NBF attorney and aspiring blogger Larry Altenbrun recently published an article on LinkedIn titled “Punitive Damages in Maritime Law: 5 Things To Know.” Check it out: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/punitive-damages-maritime-law-5-things-know-larry-altenbrun/.


July 2nd, 2018

NBF attorney Chris Reilly passed the test for the P&I Qualification Module 1: The Shipping Business, which is the first module in a qualification process for the P&I industry produced by the International Group of P&I Clubs.


June 18th, 2018

Congratulations to NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll, Rivers Black and Curt Feig, who were again named as “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018.  


June 5th, 2018

NBF attorney Chris Nicoll gave an hour long presentation at a luncheon seminar of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle entitled “Coverage Considerations in Addressing Product Contamination and Recalls.” The topic focused on the competing and often overlapping types of coverages that can be implicated in product contaminations and recalls.


May 18th, 2018

NBF Attorneys Chris Nicoll and Larry Altenbrun presented at the Current Issues in Maritime Law 2018 CLE in Tacoma, WA on May 18, 2018. Chris presented on “Big Changes in the Law of Personal Jurisdiction: a Survey of Recent Supreme Court Opinions Goodyear to Bristol-Myers Squibb” while Larry participated in a panel discussion titled, “Not a Puny Concern: The Pursuit and Defense of Punitive Damages Claims in Maritime Actions — From the Practical to Predictions.”