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Stickney, Scott M. - Retired

Scott Stickney has almost 30 years’ experience as a commercial trial lawyer with extensive expertise litigating complex construction, production equipment, and power generation cases. Scott's practice often involves complex property, boiler and machinery, and maritime coverage issues. His clients range from pension trusts and real estate developers to some of the largest insurance concerns in the world. He also provides regulatory guidance and policy drafting advice on a variety of insurance programs.

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  • Willamette University, College of Law – J.D., 1983, Law Review
  • Loma Linda University – B.A. in History of Ideas, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, Oregon and Alaska Supreme Courts
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Oregon
  • US District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington 

Notable Results

Northrop Grumman v. Factory Mutual Ins. Co. – Defense of commercial property insurer against claims for Hurricane Katrina Damage to Gulf shipyards.

Democon v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. – Defense of property insurer against contribution claims by liability insurers. 

State of Montana v. FM Global Ins. Co. – Defense of property insurer against coverage claims under property policy for Y2K-related costs.

TNA Merchant Projects, Inc. v. HVB AE Power Systems, Inc. – Recovery on substantial damage to Co-Gen Power Equipment from faulty repair.

Portland General Electric v. FM Global Ins. Co. – Recovery on substantial structural damage to unique hydro power project. 

City of Seattle v. FM Global Ins. Co. – Successful defense of claim for seismic/structural damage. Unanimous defense award after multi-week evidentiary hearing.

Fowler Construction v. ACE Ins.– Defense of insurer against Builders Risk claims on multi-million dollar underground bored tunnel construction project in Pierce County. 

Garnett v. Renton School District – Defense of injunction and violation of First Amendment Establishment Clause rights claims alleging wrongful prohibition of religious high school student group.

Kish v. Ins. Co. of North America – Defense against homeowner claims that excluded flood water damage caused by non-excluded “rain water.” Kish v. Insurance Co. of North America, 125 Wash.2d 164, 883 P.2d 308 (1994)

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - Present
  • Washington Law & Politics "Super Lawyer," 2001 - Present
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers 

Personal Interests and Activities

Skiing, wakeboarding and team roping