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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.

March 27th, 2019

NBF attorney Larry Altenbrun published an article on LinkedIn exploring the Batterton v. Dutra case, regarding which the Supreme Court heard oral argument on March 25. That case involves the issue of whether an injured seaman is entitled to seek punitive damages based upon an claim for unseaworthiness. Larry’s article can be found here: //

March 22nd, 2019

NBF attorneys Rivers Black, Larry Altenbrun and Chris Reilly returned from a 5-day trip to London to visit clients and colleagues in the London market. During the trip, the trio provided presentations on the topics of punitive damages, maritime personal injury law primer, the effective use of litigation experts.