William P. Hight, J.D., CPCU, CFE

Area of Practice

Expert testimony and consultation involving property and liability insurance coverage disputes and good faith claim handling.

Academic Education

Duke University, B.A. (History), 1966
     Angier B. Duke Scholar
     President, Men's Student Government Association
University of Southern California, M.A. (Political Science), 1974
University of California, Davis, J.D., 1974

Professional Experience

McCutchen, Black, Verleger & Shea (Los Angeles, 1974-1978)
     -- Product liability defense
     -- The James Irvine Foundation: lengthy state court trial approving sale of the foundation's majority interest in
        the Irvine Ranch in Orange County, California
Barokas & Martin (Seattle, 1978-1981)
     -- Construction law
Foulds, Felker, Burns & Johnson (Seattle, 1981-1984)
     -- Property & casualty insurance coverage and subrogation
Hight, Green & Yalowitz (Seattle, 1984-2001)
     -- Property & casualty insurance coverage and subrogation
     -- Expert testimony
Hight Law Office (Seattle, 2001-2011; Freeland [Whidbey Island], WA, 2011 to present)
     -- Property & casualty insurance coverage
     -- Expert testimony

Professional Education/Achievement

“AV Preeminent” Rating – Martindale-Hubbell (27 years)
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Professional Designation (1990) *
Certificate, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law:
     "Mediating the Litigated Case" (42-hour course, 2007)
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Credential (2013)*

Bar/Court Admissions

Washington State Bar Association, 1978-present (active)
State Bar of California, 1974-present (inactive)
United States Supreme Court, 1978
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981
U.S. District Court (C.D., Calif.), 1974
U.S. District Court (W.D., Wash.), 1978
U.S. District Court (E.D., Wash.), 1982
U.S. District Court (Hawaii), 1997

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
American Psychological Association / American Psychology-Law Society
Loss Executives Association


Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve (surface line, retired)
*The CPCU professional designation is awarded by the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. The CFE credential is awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification of specialties of law, and neither credential is a requirement to practice law in the state of Washington.