Ian S. Birk


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101 

Ian is a trial lawyer representing people who have been injured because of insurance bad faith, medical negligence, product liability, workplace discrimination, and in auto and trucking collisions.

Known for his representation of people and businesses when they have disputes with insurance companies, Ian is a sponsor of United Policyholders, a public interest non-profit which provides guidance on insurance claims for consumers. United Policyholders’ disaster recovery guide can be found here, and helpful information on making an insurance claim can be found here. For resources on insurance coverage for COVID-19 losses, please click here.

Ian believes the courtroom is a place to make society safer and fairer for everyone. His work has resulted in landmark rulings protecting consumers, including:

Testifying before the Washington legislature in support of access to courts, January 14, 2021: watch here (Ian’s testimony starts at 01:04:55).

Amicus brief in support of medical coverage for injured bicyclist.

Defending a family who was sued by their own insurance company, arguing that legal recoveries go to people who have been hurt first, not the insurance company: watch here (Ian appears at 15:40).(Group Health Coop. v. Coon, 193 Wn.2d 841, 447 P.3d 139 (2019))

Arguing to reinstate a jury verdict after a judge improperly overruled the jury: watch here (Ian appears at 0:42).(Grove v. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hosp., 182 Wn.2d 136, 341 P.3d 261 (2014))

Testifying before the Washington Legislature in support of consumers' rights in insurance claims: watch here (Ian’s testimony starts at 45:37).

Arguing consumers can sue if insurance companies hide coverage(Merriman v. Am. Guarantee & Liab. Ins. Co., 198 Wn. App. 594, 396 P.3d 351 (2017))

Personal Information

A fifth generation Washingtonian and lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Ian has served on the Board of Governors and as Chair of the Insurance Section of the American Association for Justice. He also regularly volunteers at the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

Outside of work, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend of more than 25 years. He has biked in 24 counties in Washington and 16 counties in Oregon.

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