Overview

Blake works on a broad array of civil litigation matters with an emphasis on policyholder insurance recovery. His clients include property owners, construction contractors, and a variety of businesses that seek insurance benefits from their insurers. He represents various professionals seeking coverage for professional liability claims, including accountants, lawyers, and medical providers. Blake also assists claimants with personal injuries and homeowners with their recovery of insurance benefits under various policies.

Blake has previously worked in a variety of practice areas in a Portland law firm specializing in civil litigation. Blake’s experience includes insurance subrogation, insurance defense, construction defect, insurance coverage analysis, third-party workers’ compensation recoveries, real property disputes, and other areas of general civil litigation.

Representative Work

Aided contractor in obtaining contributions from multiple insurers for negotiated settlement of construction defect claims arising out of installation of roof on a multi-unit apartment complex, despite insurers’ assertions of numerous exclusions of coverage.

Assisted in securing defense and indemnity for accounting firm related to allegations that it provided incorrect financial advice.

Assisted asphalt manufacturer in obtaining insurance proceeds under a boiler and machinery policy for damage to its equipment and business interruption losses.

Contributed to multiple briefs submitted to the Oregon Court of Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit covering a variety of legal matters, including reimbursement of defense costs and the recovery of settlement funds.