Trial and Appeal
Neal Philip is a trial and appellate lawyer admitted in Washington and Oregon. For more than 25 years, Neal has fought for his clients at the trial level throughout Washington and Oregon, including during numerous jury trials, and he has also represented well over 100 clients in appeals in state and federal court. Neal believes that clear communication with clients and really getting to understand them and their business is the cornerstone of the solid relationships he has built with those clients. As one client said at the conclusion of an emotional and difficult case, “When this case started I had never been sued before and I was scared. I really appreciated how you always kept me in the loop and took the time needed to explain to me what was happening. Thank you for getting the claims against me dismissed!”
Though his practice is largely focused on insurance coverage issues representing one of the largest insurers in the country on claims such as bad faith and violations of Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act, Neal has a varied defense practice in other areas as well. He has represented clients in cases involving allegations of wrongful death, director/officer misconduct, professional liability, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, elder abuse, products liability, and murder, among others.
One of Neal’s proudest achievements as a lawyer is being part of the first Innocence Project Northwest legal team to help a wrongfully convicted man get released from prison after he served 5 years in prison for his purported (and false) role in the Wenatchee “sex ring” allegations in the mid-1990s. He served as board chair of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children from 2009 to 2011 and was presented with Children’s Alliance’s “Voices for Children” award in 2010. Neal is also very proud and honored to have been part of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, first as a volunteer firefighter from 2002 to 2007, and then as an elected Fire Commissioner from 2007 to 2013.
Washington State Courts
Oregon State Courts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
Washington State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
Northwest Insurance Coverage Association
Lawyers Helping Hungry Children (board chair, 2008-2011)
Innocence Project Northwest