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Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner is proud of the results it has achieved on behalf of its clients and strives to continue to provide great legal representation in insurance coverage litigation matters.  As a point of reference, our Representative Cases page provides a list of some of MLR’s recent matters.

Insurance Coverage

MLR’s Second Annual Year in Review CLE

MLR would like to take the opportunity to thank those who were able to attend MLR’s CLE “Insurance Coverage Law: MLR’s Second Annual Year in Review” that took place this past Friday, December 4, 2015.  The CLE was well attended, and per usual, received great participation from the audience.  We hope everyone enjoyed the event as

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Functional Equivalent

MLR Wins Jury Verdict in First-Party Insurance Coverage Trial

This week, MLR attorneys Andy Lauersdorf and  FJ Maloney received a defense verdict in favor of MLR client Special Distrcits Association of Oregon (“SDAO”).  The case, captioned Coos County Airport District v. Special Districts Insurance Services Trust of the Special Districts Association of Oregon, Coos County Case No. 14CV1340, which was tried

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Attorney Fees

MLR to Host “Second Annual Year in Review” Free CLE Event

Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner is happy to announce that it will be conducting a CLE entitled “Insurance Coverage Law: MLR’s Second Annual Year in Review” on Friday, December 4, 2015.  The CLE will explore the most important insurance coverage decisions from Oregon and Washington in 2014, including discussion of cases concerning recovery of attorney

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Homeowner's and Property Insurance

Oregon Court AWOPs MLR’s Trial Victory on Water Loss Claim

Last week, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the decision in favor of Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner’s client in Long v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Oregon, Marion County Circuit Court, Case No. 12C23950.  MLR attorney F.J. Maloney successfully tried the case to a defense verdict, which included claims for breach of the insurance

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Attorney Fees

Insurer Voids UM/UIM Attorney Fee Safe Harbor in Pleading

On September 2, 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing Oregon’s ORS 742.061(3) attorney fee “safe-harbor” letter in uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist claims in Kiryuta v. Country Preferred Ins. Co., 273 Or App 469, —P.3d— (2015) .  The court held that because the insurer made allegations in its

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News and Events

FJ Maloney to Present at Upcoming Insurance Law Seminar

MLR partner FJ Maloney will be speaking as part of an esteemed panel of presenters at the upcoming annual Comprehensive Insurance Law Conference in Seattle on October 22-23.  FJ’s presentation is titled “Insurance Fraud and Policy Compliance Issues.”  This two day seminar features some of the top insurance litigators in

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Automobile Insurance

Policy Limits Admissible in UIM Dispute Per Oregon Court

On July 22, 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals released an opinion in Thoens v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Oregon, 272 Or App 512, — P3d — (2015), addressing the admissibility of (1) an insured’s underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage limits and the at-fault driver’s liability policy limits in a UIM

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Duty to Defend

Oregon District Court Finds Duty to Defend NIED Claim

The U.S. District Court in Oregon recently found that an insurance company had a duty to defend its insured in a lawsuit alleging that their minor child intentionally assaulted another minor.  In the case, captioned Norgren v Mut. of Enumclaw Ins. Co., No. 14-cv-01591-SB, 2015 WL 3948145 (D. Or. June

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MLR was formed with the sole focus of efficiently providing the highest quality legal advice to our clients on their insurance disputes.  With this goal in mind, our attorneys routinely deliver positive results for our clients.  Although our lawyers all have big firm experience, the small firm atmosphere at MLR allows each to provide the necessary attention to detail each of our clients deserve.  Our attorneys have been able to develop substantial knowledge regarding insurance coverage issues over their years of practice, which allows us to provide unique and innovate solutions to complex insurance disputes.  MLR stands out from the crowd of other insurance coverage firms.


We take a team approach to insurance disputes.  When you retain MLR, you have the benefit of knowing that we will utilize the unique talents of everyone at the firm to achieve the best possible results for our client.  The attorneys at MLR have developed substantial experience and knowledge concerning the legal and factual issues presented in insurance disputes.  That experience and knowledge, combined with our team approach, allows MLR to develop unique and effective solutions to our clients’ insurance issues.  Our people have and will continue to provide high quality legal representation to our clients and deliver positive results on their insurance disputes.


The attorneys at MLR have exceptional experience in all aspects of the insurance claims and litigation process.  We have successfully litigated scores of insurance disputes through trial and appeal.  Collectively, we have tried approximately 200 trials.  Our lawyers have also analyzed numerous complex insurance coverage questions.  MLR is knowledgeable and experienced handling insurance disputes on property, commercial, auto, and other specialty insurance policies.  Although we primarily practice in Oregon and Washington, our attorneys have represented clients insurance disputes throughout the country.  Regardless of the content or stage of your insurance dispute, MLR is equipped to represent you.

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