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Dance Like Nobody is Watching, But Email Like Everyone is Watching

You've probably all heard the saying, "dance like nobody is watching." It is likely hung on a friend's wall right now, just feet away from a Live, Laugh, Love sign. And, while I wholeheartedly support that sentiment, I offer some practical advice: email like everyone is watching. read more

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Time Keeps on Slippin', Slippin', Slippin'

As we enter the seventh year of this quarantine (feels like it doesn't, it?), we are now accustomed to offices, stores, etc. being closed. Cities, states, and the federal government have made numerous efforts to help with rent, mortgages, and other debt. Courts across the country are closed and many pending cases are frozen for the time being. Some courts are taking efforts to freeze the statute of limitations on certain claims while other courts have specifically dictated that statutes of limitation are NOT frozen. read more

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Don't Get Soaked by Flood Insurance

Last week I argued a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. My client owns a hotel on the Oregon Coast. Several years ago, a hundred year storm flooded the lowest floor of the hotel. My client participated in the National Flood Insurance Program, which is a FEMA backed flood insurance program. The majority of the claim was denied because the bottom floor of the hotel was deemed to be a "basement." The insurance company also argued that the proof of loss, which was submitted by the insurance company's agent, was not timely. The District Court agreed with the insurance company and held that despite the insurance company's appointed agent taking control of the process, essentially my client should have ignored the insurance company's instructions. read more

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll

You are sitting comfortably when out of the blue, the floor starts to shake and pictures fall from the wall. One of two things is happening: you are at my house for Thanksgiving and I've just ambled toward a third plate or you are experiencing an earthquake. In the last week alone, Oregon has experienced more than 30 small earthquakes. Washington has had 33. A recent NBA summer league basketball game had to be evacuated when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California. Most experts believe the "big one" in the Northwest is a question of when, not if. read more

The Untold Cost of Oversharing on Social Media

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Nobody really cares about your meal posts. Your "humblebrags" typically result in eye-rolls, not envy. And, I hate to say it, but only people whose names start with "Grammy" are viewing your 50th kid photo. But, there is a new player who is very interested in your social media posts: your insurance company. read more

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