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Success requires more than merely telling clients what the law says and providing a few recommendations.  It requires working closely with clients, understanding all of their objectives and needs, and designing a strategy to achieve desired results both efficiently and effectively.

Hornbrook, W. Sean

Sean Hornbrook’s practice focuses on complex personal injury, insurance extra-contractual claims, and disputes involving a variety of real estate issues.  Sean is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Washington. He has tried a number of jury cases, including on behalf of defendants concerning the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) and the Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA).

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  • Seattle University – J.D., 2000
  • Southern Oregon University – B.A. in Criminology, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • US District Court, Western District of Washington

Notable Results

Summary judgment dismissal of wrongful death case arising from Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress (NIED), upheld on appeal. Ko v. Seaview Chevrolet and Ticen Varney, et al., 2010 WL 2827136 (Wash. App. July 19, 2010).

Defense verdict in King County Superior Court, with jury awarding Plaintiff no damages where client had admitted liability for the accident. 

Directed verdict in favor of insurance carrier following King County Superior Court jury trial in suit alleging carrier’s violation of the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act. 

Obtained a defense verdict in Clark County District Court jury trial for a defendant who was the disfavored driver turning left within an intersection and Plaintiff had the right-of-way.

Presentations and Publications

  • Examinations Under Oath, National Business Institute, August 2012
  • Building Your Civil Trial Skills—How to Select the Right Jury for Your Case, National Business Institute, February 2012
  • Probe of Complex Insurance Issues, National Business Institute, October 2010
  • Insurance Law 2009—Recognizing Bad Faith Claims and What to Do, National Business Institute, April 2009

Professional and Civic Involvement 

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice—Defense Member 

Personal Interests and Activities

Travel, music, golf, various spectator sports, participating in charity fun runs, and spending time with his wife and their two dogs.