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November 15th, 2019

NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll and Melinda Drogseth recently settled a serious personal injury case for a marine product manufacturer on favorable terms.


August 8th, 2019

On August 8, 2019, NBF attorney Nina Mitchell spoke at the American Bar Association seminar “Maritime Damages by the Bay” in San Francisco, CA. The seminar celebrates the pending publication of the reference book, Damages Recoverable in Maritime Matters (2nd Edition), which is sponsored by the ABA-TIPs Admiralty & Maritime Committee. Nina co-authored the chapter discussing the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”). At the seminar, Nina introduced the chapter and spoke about the current challenges faced by LHWCA carriers seeking to be reimbursed out of damage awards made under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law.

July 31st, 2019

NBF attorneys Curt Feig and Chris Nicoll recently settled a significant liability insurance coverage dispute for London-based insurers, obtaining savings for our clients and avoiding claims of bad faith.

June 24th, 2019

NBF attorney Larry Altenbrun penned his thoughts on the new Supreme Court Batterton decision and posted the article on his LinkedIn page: // Take a look!!

June 9th, 2019

Congratulations to NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll, Rivers Black and Curt Feig, who were again named as “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2019.

May 17th, 2019

NBF attorney Chris Reilly represented F/V Mary B II LLC at the May 13 – 17, 2019 U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Board convened in Newport, Oregon. The Board conducted a public hearing into the circumstances of the capsizing and sinking of the MARY B II with loss of three crew on January 8, 2019. The Board’s written report of investigation is not expected to be available until sometime in 2020.

May 10th, 2019

NBF attorney Chris Reilly will be representing the owner of the fishing vessel MARY B II, which is a party in interest at a Coast Guard Marine Casualty Board to be conducted in Newport, Oregon from May 13 – 17, 2019. The Coast Guard has issued a press release regarding the hearing:


May 9th, 2019

NBF attorney Larry Altenbrun was a speaker and presenter at the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle’s Day of Education on May 9, 2019. Larry participated in a panel presentation titled, “Shining a Light on Marine Claims: A Hypothetical Hull Casualty Roundtable” and spoke about many legal issues including Red Letter Clauses, personal injury liability, assessment of damages, punitive damages, and settlement strategies. The Day of Education is the largest marine insurance educational event held in Seattle each year, attracting attendees from around the country.

April 24th, 2019

NBF attorneys Rivers Black and Curt Feig are participating in the upcoming 2019 Newport – Ensenada International Yacht Race (see // The firm sailing trophy case eagerly awaits their return. 



Update: Maybe next year ….

April 8th, 2019

NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll, Curt Feig, and Mindy Drogseth delivered an on site continuing education presentation to professional liability adjusters in Deerfield, Illinois, addressing medical malpractice defense in Washington, Washington’s approach to an insurer’s duty to defend, and developing issues on the collateral source rule in Washington.