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Meredith E. Dishaw

Education & Bar Admissions

Seattle University
School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010

Boston University
B.A., Political Science, 2005

Oregon

Washington

Meredith E. Dishaw

About

Meredith Dishaw is a Member in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner. Ms. Dishaw is a construction and surety litigator representing clients in state and federal courts as well as private arbitrations throughout the country. Her clients include public and private owners, contractors, sureties, architects and engineers and she works with them in all phases of the construction and bonding process from contract drafting and review to negotiation, trial and appeals. Ms. Dishaw’s diverse background includes resolution of complex payment and performance bond claims, commercial and license disputes, and subrogation and recovery issues. Ms. Dishaw prosecutes affirmative construction claims to mitigate surety losses and defends extra-contractual claims including claims brought under the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act. Ms. Dishaw regularly writes and speaks on the topics of surety and insurance coverage.

Professional Experience

  • Williams Kastner, Member | 2018 –  Present
  • Williams Kastner, Associate | 2014 – 2018
  • Cozen O’Connor, Associate | 2010 – 2014

Articles & Publications

  • “Washington Supreme Court Limits the Scope of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act,” Williams Kastner Northwest Insurance Law Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2017.
  • “Washington Supreme Court Limits the Scope of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act,” Williams Kastner Surety Law Update, Spring 2017.
  • “Alaska Court Refuses To Narrowly Define ‘Contractor’ In Policy Exclusion,” Williams Kastner Northwest Insurance Law Quarterly Newsletter, Fall 2016

Representative Experience

  • Dismissal of Bad Faith Claims on Summary Judgment: Ms. Dishaw assisted on a matter in which Williams Kastner defeated a supply bond claimant’s bad faith and extra-contractual claims on summary judgment. It is believed that this the largest extra-contractual claim ever asserted against a surety in the State of Washington. Despite the claimant’s allegations that the surety had acted in bad faith and had violated the Insurance Fair Conduct Act by failing to perform an adequate investigation and denying the claim, the trial court granted the motion for summary judgment finding that a genuine dispute as to liability justified the surety’s denial of the claim. This is a notable outcome given an apparent growing trend in Washington to assert extra-contractual claims against sureties.