Isaac Ruiz

Isaac Ruiz recently left a prestigious partnership with the large firm, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., to start this purely plaintiff-focused, client-focused law firm—the Plaintiff Litigation Group PLLC.

Isaac grew up working in agricultural fields of South Texas, became his family’s first college graduate, and went on to complete his studies at Notre Dame Law School (magna cum laude) in 2000. He earned a coveted judicial clerkship on the federal court of appeals in Denver, Colorado, and worked at Perkins Coie LLP before his tenure with Keller Rohrback. Isaac is the author of Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Cases and Analysis. He has served as Chair of the Washington State Association for Justice’s Insurance Section. He currently serves as President of the QLaw Foundation, which provides free legal services to members of the LGBTQ community. And he serves as Co-Chair of the Seattle Community Police Commission, an official oversight agency created under a federal consent decree.

Isaac has been named to the Washington Super Lawyers List (given to the top 5 percent of Washington lawyers) five years straight.

  • Author, Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Cases and Analysis, the definitive guide to Washington’s groundbreaking insurance law (2014 & 2015 Supp.). Book received positive review in the WSAJ Trial News and proved popular among lawyers on plaintiff and defense sides.
  • Author, Legislative History of Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act, which makes available (for the first time ever) written transcripts of the House and Senate committee hearings that led to IFCA’s passage (2014).
  • Author and Publisher, www.IFCA.online, an online resource where lawyers and consumers can research and access IFCA’s legislative history.
  • Co-Presenter, Courtroom Conduct—Best Tips for Overcoming Phobias and Bias Against Your LGBTQ Clients, Washington State Bar Association, Navigating the Landscape of LGBTQ Issues in the 21st Century (2018).
  • Presenter, Civil Rights Issues Impacting the Trans and GNC Community, King County Bar Association, Common Legal Issues and Barriers for the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community, Seattle, Washington (2017).
  • Panelist, Community Concerns and Complaints, Community Involvement and Oversight, Washington State Bar Association, A Look at People of Color: Racial Progress or a Deepening Racial Divide, Seattle, Washington (2017).
  • Panelist, Collective Bargaining and Police Oversight, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), 23rd Annual NACOLE Conference, Spokane, Washington (2017).
  • Presenter, UIM + IFCA: Two Acronyms that Go Together, WSAJ’s Auto Cases Seminar, Seattle, Washington (2017).
  • Co-Chair & Co-Presenter, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Appraisal, Washington State Association for Justice’s 38th Annual Insurance Law Seminar, Seattle, Washington, and Spokane, Washington (2016).
  • Co-Presenter, LGBTQ Discrimination in Public Accommodations, Washington State Bar Association’s LGBT Rights: Issues and Practice Areas (2016).
  • Co-Chair & Presenter, Insurance Fair Conduct Act Update, Washington State Association for Justice’s 37th Annual Insurance Law Seminar, Seattle, Washington, and Spokane, Washington (2015).
  • Co-Presenter, Duty or No Duty?, concerning the duty to defend in liability insurance policies, American Bar Association’s 2015 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona (2015).
  • Co-Presenter, “American Sniper”: What to Do When Good Faith Goes Bad, Puget Sound Adjusters Association’s 4th Annual Spring Symposium (2015).
  • Presenter, A Claimant’s View of IFCA, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers’ Annual Insurance Law Update, Seattle, Washington (2015).
  • Author, Lost in Translation: The Needs of Spanish Language Policyholders, published in WSAJ Trial News (2014).
  • Author, On the Remedial Nature of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, published in the Gonzaga Law Review (2014).
  • Author, Seven Years After the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, published on the first page of the King County Bar Bulletin (2014).
  • Author, The Insurance Fair Conduct Act & Liability Insurance Policies, published in WSAJ Trial News (2014).
  • Presenter, IFCA and Bad Faith Insurance Claims, WSAJ’s Legal Staff Section (2014).
  • Presenter, IFCA Claims Without a Denial of Coverage, WSAJ’s 35th Annual Insurance Law Seminar: Hot Topics in Insurance Law (2013).
  • Co-Presenter, Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Point-Counterpoint, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers’ Annual Insurance Law Update (2013).
  • Author, My Letter to the Trustees of the La Feria Schools on the Handling of Jeydon Loredo’s Yearbook Photo (2013), published by the Huffington Post. The letter involved a high school principal’s decision to ban a transgender teen from appearing in a yearbook.
  • Author, IFCA Claims Without a Denial of Coverage, published in WSAJ Trial News (2012).
  • University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1996)
  • Notre Dame Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)
  • AVVO Superb Rating
  • WSAJ Eagle
  • Super Lawyers (2015 – 2019)
  • Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (Tier I Partner)
  • Perkins Coie LLP (Associate)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Hon. Carlos F. Lucero (Judicial Law Clerk)
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