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October 4th, 2017

NBF lawyers Chris Nicoll and Chris Reilly recently assisted a client in settling a significant subrogation claim involving damaged apples stored in Eastern Washington.

September 18th, 2017

NBF attorney and Salish Sea Expeditions Board Member Pegeen Mulhern is helping host Salish Sea’s breakfast “friend-raiser” on October 17, 2017. This year’s breakfast will feature keynote speakers Washington State Senator Christine Rolfes (23rd district) and Washington State Representative Gael Tarleton (36th district), who will be joined by Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s. Also attending will be several alumni of the Salish program. 


Salish Sea’s mission is to inspire youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, confidence, and critical thinking. Salish Sea Expeditions does this by offering students in grades 5-12 a unique combination of powerful place-based learning and hands-on exploration. 


NBF is proud to support Salish Seas, and we hope that you may be able to join Pegeen at this breakfast fundraiser.  Event details and registration can be found at

September 15th, 2017

NBF attorney Larry Altenbrun is scheduled to address the Pacific Northwest-Seattle Section Meeting of SNAME on the topic of “Jones Act and its Implications in Ship Building” on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

August 16th, 2017

NBF attorney Chris Nicoll co-authored an article entitled “From the World of Asbestos,” for the Summer 2017 Defense News published by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association. (see pages 15 – 18 of linked .pdf)

August 10th, 2017

NBF lawyer Chris Nicoll recently obtained a dismissal on behalf of a wholesale insurance broker in a broker liability case in Idaho.

July 28th, 2017

NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern is chair  of the committee organizing the Kitsap Peninsula Out of the Darkness Community Walk. This fund- and awareness-raising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is one of 375 community walks around the country. In addition to the 2.4 Mile walk (which starts and ends at the Bainbridge Island High School), a variety of community organizations will have booths set up to answer questions and provide resources to all. The Walk on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Registration is open now. For information and to sign-up for as an individual, team or volunteer at Contact Pegeen at if you have any questions.

July 25th, 2017

The NBF team and families gathered on Bainbridge Island on July 22, 2017 for our 13th annual summer picnic and donned sporty sunglasses to celebrate the occasion.

July 6th, 2017

The work of NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll and Noah Jaffe as amicus brief writers for the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers proved instrumental in achieving a favorable result on the issue of personal jurisdiction over a component manufacturer in  Noll v. Am. Biltrite, Inc., 188 Wn.2d 402, 395 P.3d 1021 (2017). Chris Nicoll and Noah Jaffe’s amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association was also successful in Swank v. Valley Christian Sch., 188 Wn.2d 663, 398 P.3d 1108 (2017).


July 5th, 2017

NBF attorneys Noah Jaffe and Chris Reilly received word that Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision in the matter of OSG Ship Management, Inc. v. Sisto Andrew. The case involved the enforcement of a settlement agreement “no sail” provision through arbitration.

June 8th, 2017

NBF attorney Rivers Black attended the 2017 International Cargo Insurance Conference (ICIC) on June 5-7, 2017 in London, England.  The purpose of the ICIC is to provide a platform for the education and professional development of all those within the marine cargo insurance community.