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Perkins Coie Adds Three More Insurance Coverage Attorneys to Its Washington, D.C. Office

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2010) – Perkins Coie announced today that three more attorneys have joined the firm's Insurance Coverage practice.  Joining the group are partners Koorosh (KT) Talieh and Peter Tracey, as well as of counsel Linda Powell.  This move helps solidify this Perkins group's position as one of the premier national and international practices enforcing policyholders' rights to coverage under all types of commercial insurance policy products. 

The addition of these attorneys, formerly with Howrey, comes on the heels of six other insurance coverage attorneys joining Perkins Coie in April. That group included partners Les Brown and Tom McMahon in Los Angeles, partner Robert Jacobs and of counsel Dennis James in Washington, D.C., and associates Fiona Chaney and James Bernald in Los Angeles.

"We are so pleased to welcome these talented attorneys to the firm," said Perkins Coie Managing Partner Bob Giles.  "This group of highly respected lawyers will help us expand the insurance coverage services that we can offer clients nationally and internationally."

New partner Talieh added, "We are excited to be joining Perkins Coie's highly regarded policyholder insurance recovery practice.  We look forward to again working with our friend, Tim Burns, who is the chair of the practice.  Our combined experience makes Perkins a national and international leader in this field."

"Adding this team of attorneys to our firm brings even greater depth to the services we can provide our clients," said Tim Burns, chair of the firm's insurance coverage group.

The addition of these attorneys from Howrey complements Perkins Coie's efforts to expand its national practices through strategic acquisitions and lateral hires. This week the firm announced it has opened an office in San Diego with four new lateral hires in the firm's patent and IP practices.  Less than a month ago, the Denver office added three new attorneys to its business group, and only weeks before that the firm opened an office in Dallas. Since 2005 the firm has added over 200 lateral attorneys in a variety of practices.

Perkins Coie's Insurance Coverage Practice has the depth, experience and sophistication to handle the most complex coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders involving multiple insurers, while at the same time it is efficient enough to enforce a policyholder's rights to coverage in a dispute involving only one insurer. It has extensive experience representing policyholders in all types of dispute resolution proceedings, ranging from pre-litigation negotiation and advocacy to litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the United States to domestic and international arbitrations.   Perkins Coie has a proven ability to take innovative approaches to coverage disputes to achieve the best results for its clients.

The firm is dedicated to providing an inclusive work environment that provides all employees the opportunity to succeed.  For eight consecutive years, Perkins Coie has been on FORTUNE magazine's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For."  The firm was recently named as one of the "2010 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms" by Yale Law Women. For the second consecutive year, the firm was named one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother magazine and national consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers LLC and also earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 and 2010 Corporate Equality Index. In addition, the firm received the Corporate Partnership Award for Supporting People with Disabilities.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.