Jayson W. Sowers,

Of Counsel

PRACTICE GROUPS

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BIO

Jayson Sowers is a litigator focusing on the representation of clients regarding insurance coverage, intellectual property, and corporate and complex commercial disputes. He represents policyholders and captive insurers regarding a broad spectrum of insurance issues, including litigation of coverage disputes, analysis of insurance programs, and collection of reinsurance. He also assists clients regarding a variety of intellectual property matters, including litigating patent and trademark infringement disputes, and counseling regarding trademark and branding issues.

Jayson began his legal career in Delaware, where he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Henry DuPont Ridgely in the Delaware Superior Court, and the Honorable Myron T. Steele in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Representative Matters

Triage and runoff of over a thousand liability claims for major software company, leading to eight figure settlements with excess insurers.

Defending a video game and digital distribution company against allegations of patent infringement in various parts of the country, including the District of Delaware, Northern District of California, and the Eastern District of Texas.

Defending a technology company against allegations of patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas.

Successfully litigating and settling multiple actions in the Western District of Washington regarding a shoe manufacture’s claims that its trademarks were infringed.

Recovery under bad faith theories for insured homeowner/driver of full policy limits of lapsed homeowners and auto policies in multimillion dollar personal injury defense.

Successfully litigating and settling an airline’s claims for coverage pursuant to Directors and Officers and Comprehensive General Liability insurance policies.

Speaker, “D&O Insurance – Getting it Right When It Really Matters,” Washington Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (February 9, 2010)

 

Speaker, “20 Ways to Lose Your Coverage Fight! The Top 20 Don’ts in Handling Claims and Litigating Coverage,” ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (ABA 2008)

 

Speaker, “Coverage for Bugs, Viruses, Spam, And Other Things That Make Policyholders Want to (Re)Boot Their Insurance,” ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (ABA 2007)

 

Speaker, “Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Liabilities,” LSI Copyright Counseling and Litigation Conference (LSI 2006)

 

Speaker, “Big Picture Insurance Issues in Construction Defect Litigation,” Mealey’s Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Conference (Mealey’s 2006)

 

Speaker, “Insurance Coverage for Cyberspace Liabilities,” Insurance Law, Understanding the ABCs (Practicing Law Institute 2005)

 

Speaker, “Insurance Coverage for Cyberspace Liabilities,” Insurance Law, Understanding the ABCs (Practicing Law Institute 2004)

 

Speaker, “Insurance Coverage for Cyberspace Liabilities,” Insurance Law, Understanding the ABCs (Practicing Law Institute 2003)

Jayson is a 2013 recipient of the Legal Foundation of Washington President’s Award in recognition of exemplary dedication to legal aid.

 

Jayson was repeatedly named a Washington Rising Star® between 2004 and 2008, and currently ranked as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers®.

 

Puget Sound Energy, Inc. v. Alba General Ins. Co., 149 Wn.2d 135, 68 P.3d 1061 (Wash. 2003).

Member, William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court
Member, Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
Website Subcommittee Co-Chair, ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

Jayson received his B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1990, with a double major in Philosophy and Government. He received his J.D., cum laude, in 1993, from the Wake Forest University School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Wake Forest University Moot Court Board.

Jayson W. Sowers's NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Best Lawyers at Riddell Williams

Of course we think our attorneys at Riddell Williams are the best, now it’s official.  Several Riddell Williams attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding work. … read more

Brace Your Company for an Onslaught of Government Action on Privacy and Data Security

If 2014 was the year of the data breach, then 2015 may well become known as the year the government fights back.  This year has already seen a … read more

FTC Issues New Privacy and Security Guidance for the Internet of Things

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Staff Report on privacy and security issues related to the Internet of Things (“IoT”).  The Staff Report … read more

Landmark Ruling in Target Data Breach Lawsuit Affects any Company Handling Private Consumer Information

The Minnesota federal district court overseeing nationwide litigation against Target related to its massive 2013 data breach issued a ground-breaking decision on December 2, 2014 that may significantly … read more

Beware the Litigation and Regulatory Risks Posed by Vendor Cyber-Security Practices

Data privacy and data security breaches are big news these days.  As companies scramble to fortify their networks and protect personal information, an often-overlooked risk is becoming increasingly … read more

Data Breach Notification Statutes

Data security is quickly becoming one of the most pressing issues affecting businesses.  The security threats are numerous – “hacker attack,” point-of-sale network intrusion (e.g., Target), stolen hard … read more

Strict New Anti-Spam Rules Take Effect in Canada July 1st

This is a quick reminder that Canada’s strict new Anti-Spam Legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2014, and has broad implications for emails and text messages sent … read more

Two Recent Decisions Highlight Shrinking Traditional Insurance for Data Breach Liability, Consideration of New Policies

In the war between businesses and hackers, data breach losses present potentially astronomical legal exposure and business expense, for which insurance would be very helpful.  Any company that … read more

Jayson Sowers Receives President’s Award, Legal Foundation of Washington

The Legal Foundation of Washington established the President’s Award to recognize those who have shown exemplary dedication to legal aid. At it’s 27th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon, held … read more