Betts Patterson Mines

Joseph D. Hampton

Of Counsel

Seattle Office

(206) 268-8619

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Joseph D. Hampton

Joe Hampton is an attorney with Betts Patterson Mines, and is a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice Group.  His practice consists primarily of counseling and representing insurance carriers in coverage and extra-contractual matters, in states throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Mr. Hampton’s experience includes analysis, advising, trials and appeals on a wide variety of insurance coverages and issues.

Representative Cases

·         Successfully defended through jury verdict case against a condominium insurer, sued after a total fire loss, for insufficiency of coverage limits.

·         Successfully defended through jury verdict case against a condominium insurer, sued for coverage for long-developing water damage.

·         Obtained pre-trial dismissal of coverage and bad faith case brought by insured against homeowners’ insurer, by demonstrating that insured had committed fraud through counterfeiting claim documents.

·         Successfully defended through jury verdict bad faith lawsuit against insurer arising out of suspicious claim and arson fire.

·         Obtained summary dismissal of coverage and bad faith lawsuit brought by woman who sought insurance coverage for a claim and lawsuit against her for molesting a minor boy, and successfully defended the appeal.

·         Successfully defended through bench trial case against insurer for alleged bad faith in investigating a suspicious automobile loss.

·         Successfully defended bad faith lawsuit against insurer in action to collect on $18 million confessed judgment; case was eventually settled for $65,000.

Appellate Cases

  • Barriga Figueroa v. Prieto Mariscal, 441 P.3d 818 (Wash. 2019)
  • Washington State Dept. of Transp. v. James River Ins., 292 P.3d 118 (Wash. 2013)
  • Wendell v. Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. of Am., 2012 WL 1038617 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Schorno v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 2011 WL 3325873 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Sadler v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2009 WL 3634206 (9th Cir. 2009)
  • Anderson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2008 WL 4867055) (9th Cir. 2008)
  • St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Onvia, Inc., 196 P.3d 664 (Wash. 2008)
  • Zellmer v. Zellmer, 188 P.3d 497 (Wash. 2008)
  • Polygon NW Co. v. American Nat’l Fire Ins. Co., 189 P.3d 777 (Wash. App. 2008)
  • Mutual of Enumclaw Ins. Co. v. Dan Paulson Constr. Co., 169 P.3d 1 (Wash. 2007)(amicus)
  • MacLean Town Homes, LLC v. Charter Oak Fire Ins. Co., 156 P.3d 278 (Wash. App. 2007)
  • KeyTronic Corp. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 139 P.3d 383 (Wash. App. 2006)
  • American Continental Ins. Co. v. Steen, 91 P.3d 846 (Wash. 2004)
  • Lawrence v. Brooks, 2004 WL 2095643 (Wash. App. 2004)
  • Microsoft Corp. v. American National Fire Insurance Co., No. 01-35721 (9th Circuit)
  • Hayden v. Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co., 1 P.3d 1167 (Wash. 2000)(amicus)
  • Snokist Growers v. Washington Insurance Guar. Assn., 922 P.2d 821 (Wash. App. 1996)
  • Nelson v. The Southland Corp., 894 P.2d 1385 (Wash. App. 1995)
  • RTC Transport, Inc. v. Walton, 864 P.2d 969 (Wash. App. 1994)

Publications & Presentations

  • Mr. Hampton has spoken at and chaired the annual Washington Defense Trial Lawyer Insurance Law Seminar, and delivered presentations to Northwest Insurance Claims Association and the Washington Appellate Judges' Conference.  He is available to provide in-house presentations on insurance law topics, to insurance carriers, brokerages and third-party administrators.