The Surety Team at Williams Kastner serves clients involved in all aspects of the surety industry, including extensive experience in all areas of surety law including complex payment and performance Bond claims, commercial and license, permit and miscellaneous bond claims, fidelity claims, all aspects of subrogation and recovery issues and increasingly complex issues relating to coverage, bad faith and consumer protection act claims. Familiarity with this broad range of issues has helped the firm to build a group of attorneys who are
well versed in virtually every surety or fidelity related legal issue.
Rapidly changing federal, state and local laws in such concentrations as bankruptcy, collections, construction, land use, job safety, environmental law, employer/employee relations, lien laws, financing, union and management, insurance and insurance coverage, risk management and tax increasingly are affecting sureties and surety claims. The Surety Team is able to draw on the expertise of attorneys at Williams Kastner in these fields to address the entire spectrum of issues that affect the surety industry.
The attorneys on the Surety Team offer experienced legal support in the following areas:
• Analyzing and responding to default terminations and other performance bond claims
• Providing advice regarding complex bond claim investigations
• Addressing various project completion scenarios, including tenders, takeovers and financing the bond principal
• Defense of performance and payment bond claims under the Miller Act and state law, including discharge, exoneration and other surety-specific defenses
• Defense of extra-contractual claims by claimants, bond principals and indemnitors, including claims brought under the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act
• Prosecution of affirmative construction claims to mitigate surety losses
• Prosecution of indemnity and other salvage actions on behalf of sureties
• Resolving priority disputes between sureties, banks, trustees and public agencies
• Defense of claims on license, permit and miscellaneous bonds, including contractor’s Resistant Act bonds, motor vehicle dealer Bonds, FINCSA Broker Bonds, various other statutory license bonds and public official bonds