Aaron I. Engle

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Seattle, WA

NLE Law / Nelson, Langer, Engle PLLC
 | 12055 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125-5031
Phone: 206-504-3829
Fax: 206-622-7068
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2012 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Nelson Langer Engle, PLLC, Aaron I. Engle handles a variety of matters for his clients in Washington state. Located in Seattle, he focuses his practice primarily on insurance law, representing policyholders whose claims have been delayed or denied by their insurance companies, sometimes in bad faith. Mr. Engle has successfully challenged the denial of long-term disability benefits claims on several occasions.

Mr. Engle also has a personal injury and wrongful death litigation practice, in which he assists plaintiffs who have been harmed by the negligence of other people or entities. In this regard, his experience encompasses cases arising out of motor vehicle collisions, premises liability and workplace accidents. Many of his clients have suffered brain injuries as a result of car crashes or slips and falls, and he brought that experience to bear when he served as a member of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington.

A native of Washington, Mr. Engle attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate, where he majored in history and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. Some years later, he decided to pursue a legal education and enrolled at Seattle University School of Law. Mr. Engle was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2006. While in law school, he clerked for the predecessor of his current firm.

Mr. Engle is admitted to practice before all Washington state courts, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. His professional memberships include the Washington State Association for Justice and the King County Bar Association. When not assisting clients, Mr. Engle enjoys biking and CrossFit workouts.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employee Benefits (60%)

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury

Insurance Coverage (10%): Insurance

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury, Insurance


Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2010, 2012 - 2016

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About Aaron Engle

Admitted: 2006, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.nlelaw.com/our-attorneys/aaron-engle

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, Board of Directors
  • American Constitution Society, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member
  • Public Justice, Member

Representative Clients:

  • Arnsperger v. Boeing Company Employee Benefit Plan, 2013 WL 550561 (D. Oregon,  2013)  (After trial, the Court found that Aetna had improperly denied our client's long term disability claim and awarded her benefits, attorney's fees, and costs).
  • Murray v. Anderson Bjornstad Kane Jacobs, Inc., 2011 WL 617384 (W.D. Washington, 2011)  (In a case of first impression, the Court upheld the Washington Insurance Commissioner's regulation banning discretionary clauses and our client was given the benefit of de novo review for his disability claim
  • VanCleave v. The Boeing Company Non-Union Long Term Disability Plan, Case 2:09-cv-01512-RSL Dkt. 25 (W.D. Wash. June 14, 2010) (Court allowed discovery into claims handling practices)
  • Smith v. Weekly Disability Income Ins. for Employees of Friends of KEXP, 2010 WL 890068 (W.D. Wash., March 09, 2010) (Court found that further appeals by beneficiary would be futile and allowed lawsuit)
  • Scanlon v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, 670 F.Supp.2d 1181 (W.D. Wash. 2009) (Wrongful denial of life insurance benefits and Bad Faith)
  • Burkett v. Union Sec. Ins. Co., 2007 WL 1687770 (W.D. Wash., June 07, 2007) (Successfully voided an improper amendment to a long term disability plan)
  • Bauer v. Pan-American Life Ins. Co., 2007 WL 3026891 (W.D. Wash., October 15, 2007) (Wrongful denial of private policy long term disability benefits)


Educational Background:

  • University of Washington

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • WSAJ
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Website - www.nlelaw.com
Office Location for Aaron I. Engle

12055 15th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98125-5031

Phone: 206-504-3829

Fax: 206-622-7068

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Last Updated: 1/16/2019

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