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Thomas M. Williams


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Thom represents contractors, developers, homeowners, associations, businesses and other commercial policyholders in insurance coverage, construction defect, and complex commercial litigation.

Thom’s focus is insurance coverage litigation.  He primarily represents policyholders by helping them navigate a wide variety of insurance-related issues including analyzing policies and coverage correspondence, tendering claims, challenging denials of coverage, negotiating settlements, preparing for and participating in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and litigating declaratory judgment, breach of contract, and bad faith lawsuits against insurance companies.  Thom has extensive knowledge relating to the unique issues that can arise in matters involving general liability, property, business interruption, builder’s risk, and professional liability insurance.

In addition to coverage litigation, Thom also represents business owners, contractors and developers in complex commercial litigation, including real estate development, construction defect, environmental issues, and business disputes.

Thomas M. Williams

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Areas of Practice
  • Insurance Coverage Law
  • Construction Defect Law
  • William & Mary School of Law (J.D., 2011)
    • William & Mary Law Review
  • University of Washington (B.A. with a Minor in Law, Society & Justice, 2007)
    • Cum Laude
Professional Activities

Washington State Bar Association

Admitted to Practice
  • Washington State and Federal Courts
  • Hawaii State Courts
  • Selected as a 2023 Washington Super Lawyer
  • Appointed by the WSBA Board of Governors to serve for a two-year term as a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee responsible for WSBA’s publication, Washington State Bar News, effective October 2022 – September 2024
  • Selected by Super Lawyers for inclusion into its Washington Rising Stars 2020-2021
  • Published article “Weathering Coronavirus: How Business Interruption Insurance Could Help Businesses Survive the Pandemic” in the June 2020 issue of the WSBA publication “Washington State Bar News”
  • Presenter at the National Business Institute’s seminar “Bad Faith Insurance Claims,” December 2019
  • Conducted Lorman Education Service’s seminar on “Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Construction Disputes,” October 2019
  • Presenter at The Seminar Group’s seminar “Washington Construction Law,” September 2018
  • Published article “Fortune Favors the Insured: The Wide-Reaching Impact of Xia v. ProBuilders” in the December 2017 issue of the WSBA publication “NW Lawyer”
  • Presenter at the National Business Institute’s seminar “Commercial General Liability Policy: The Complete Guide,” December 2017
  • Favorable settlement in property insurance claim for ongoing hidden water damage at condominium from multiple insurers that had issued policies dating back to the 1990s
  • Summary judgment ruling that insurer’s denial of its duty to defend pending satisfaction of a $500,000 self-insured retention was in bad faith and that the insurer was therefore estopped from denying indemnity coverage –  Osborne Construction Co. v. Zurich American Ins. Co.
  • Summary judgment ruling that insurer’s ten-month delay between tender and acceptance of defense obligation was in bad faith as a matter of law, and that insurer could not cure its bad faith through a belated defense offer – Rushforth Construction Co. Inc. v. Wesco Ins. Co.
  • Secured multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of Condominium Association from roofer for the cost to replace defective roof and resulting water damage
  • Negotiated seven-figure settlement from liability insurer for environmental cleanup claim under decades-old policies

Thom Williams News

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Harper | Hayes Wins Insurance Coverage for California-Based Manufacturer of Steel Building Products Involved in Dispute with Project Owner

A leading manufacturer of steel building products agreed to provide complete design and engineering as well as labor and materials to construct five pre-engineered metal buildings in Snohomish, Washington.  After a dispute arose with the Project Owner over allegedly defective and non-conforming work, the manufacturer sought insurance coverage from its…
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Kirkland Landlord Recovers Mid-Six Figures from Property Insurer to Repair Unauthorized Structural Modifications made by Tenant

After a tenant passed away in one of its properties, a landlord discovered several incomplete and unauthorized modifications made by the tenant which compromised the structural integrity of the building.  The landlord’s property insurer denied coverage, asserting that the modifications were did not constitute covered vandalism because the modifications were…
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Burien Waterfront Homeowners Secure Six-Figure Settlement from Liability Insurer

The City of Burien sued the owners of a historic waterfront property after the homeowners removed plants that allegedly damaged an adjacent steep-slope hillside. The homeowners tendered the City’s claim to their liability insurer, which claimed it could not accept or reject the request for insurance benefits pending the insurer’s…

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Harper | Hayes PLLC is a business litigation law firm, focusing on insurance coverage and construction defect disputes.

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We represent policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, including cases involving property, casualty, professional liability, directors and officers, and pollution insurance.

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