Ian S. Birk

Ian S. Birk

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Seattle, WA

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
 | 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-224-7440
Fax: 206-623-3384
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Insurance Coverage (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Ian is a trial lawyer representing people who have been injured because of insurance bad faith, medical negligence, product liability, workplace discrimination, and in auto and trucking collisions.

    Known for his representation of people and businesses when they have disputes with insurance companies, Ian is a sponsor of United Policyholders, a public interest non-profit which provides guidance on insurance claims for consumers. United Policyholders’ disaster recovery guide can be found here, and helpful information on making an insurance claim can be found hereFor resources on insurance coverage for COVID-19 losses, please click here.

    Ian believes the courtroom is a place to make society safer and fairer for everyone. His work has resulted in landmark rulings protecting consumers, including:

    Defending a family who was sued by their own insurance company, arguing that legal recoveries go to people who have been hurt first, not the insurance companywatch here (Ian appears at 15:40).
    (Group Health Coop. v. Coon, 193 Wn.2d 841, 447 P.3d 139 (2019))

    Arguing to reinstate a jury verdict after a judge improperly overruled the jurywatch here (Ian appears at 0:42).
    (Grove v. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hosp., 182 Wn.2d 136, 341 P.3d 261 (2014))

    Testifying before the Washington Legislature in support of consumers’ rights in insurance claimswatch here (Ian’s testimony starts at 45:37).

    Arguing consumers can sue if insurance companies hide coverage
    (Merriman v. Am. Guarantee & Liab. Ins. Co., 198 Wn. App. 594, 396 P.3d 351 (2017))

    Personal Information

    A fifth generation Washingtonian and lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Ian has served on the Board of Governors and as Chair of the Insurance Section of the American Association for Justice. He also regularly volunteers at the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

    Outside of work, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend of more than 25 years. He has biked in 24 counties in Washington and 16 counties in Oregon.

    About Ian Birk

    Admitted: 2001, Washington

    Professional Webpage: http://www.kellerrohrback.com/attorney/ian-s-birk


    • Selected to the Top 40 Under 40 in Washington, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Admitted to  U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2005
    • King County Bar Association, Member
    • Washington State Association for Justice, Member
    • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2005
    • Washington State Bar Association, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2005
    • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2011
    • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
    • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Past Member
    • Associate Editor for insurance law, Trial News

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer Attorney, King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker in Spokane and Tacoma, Reasonableness Hearings under RCW 4.22.060 and the Right to Jury Trial, WSAJ’s 34th Annual Insurance Seminar, 2012
    • Wrote article in Trial News, vol. 47, n. 3, “Supreme Court accepts review in stipulated judgment case” , Washington State Association for Justice , 2011
    • Speaker, How to Handle Your First/Next Motor Vehicle Accident Case, Seattle, Washington State Bar Association, 2011
    • Speaker, Using Consumer Laws to Better Represent Your Injured Clients, WSAJ’s 1st Annual Winter Conference, 2010
    • WSAJ’s 35th Annual Insurance Seminar, Spokane & Tacoma, Washington, January 24 & 25, C-Chair, Washington State Association for Justice, 2013
    • The Right of an Additional Insured to a Copy of the Insurance Policy, Trial News, vol. 48, n. 9, Washington State Association for Justice. May, Author, Washington State Association for Justice, Trial News, 2013
    • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Tort Law Update, UIM Bad Faith Claims, Fircrest, Washington, October 17, Presenter, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, 2014
    • Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook, Chapter 19 (3d. ed.), Author, Washington State Bar Association, 2014
    • The Cedell Presumption: Discovery of the Insurer’s Claim File in Insurance Bad Faith Litigation in Washington, 49 Gonz. L. Rev. 503., Author, Gonzaga Law Review, 2014
    • WSAJ’s 37th Annual Insurance Seminar, Class Actions in Insurance Cases and anti-SLAPP Update, Sea-Tac & Spokane, Washington, January 23 & 30, Presenter, Washington State Association for Justice, 2014


    • Successfully advocating for victims of a storage warehouse fire in Washington’s first class action lawsuit under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act.
    • Linder v. Great Northern Insurance Company, resulting in a $2.8 million Appraisal Award.
    • Insurance Bad Faith fire case Beck v. Lloyds of London, et al, which resulted in a $574,000 settlement.
    • Family of a Washington teacher denied life insurance benefits of $150,000. Settlement of contractual and extracontractual claims for $400,000.
    • Owner of a grocery store destroyed by fire; securing relief that store be rebuilt from the foundation.
    • Bird v. Best Plumbing, which together with Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell, obtained a $3.75 million judgement.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Washington – B.A., summa cum laude, 1997

    Industry Groups

    • Insurance Bad Faith
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    Office Location for Ian S. Birk

    1201 Third Avenue
    Suite 3200
    Seattle, WA 98101

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    Last Updated: 4/14/2020

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