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Frank Cordell is one of the Northwest’s premier insurance recovery lawyers. He has a 27-year track record of successful engagements on behalf of policyholders engaged in coverage disputes with their insurers.  Frank’s policyholder clients range from multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals. His substantive insurance experience is equally broad, ranging from the newest and most complex commercial coverage lines to high-stakes coverage disputes and bad-faith claims arising under personal-lines policies.

Frank offers a special focus on complex “long tail” claims – securing coverage for environmental property damage and asbestos liabilities resulting from business operations occurring decades ago. The work of Frank and his partners in the trial and appellate courts has played a major role in making Washington one of the most policyholder-friendly jurisdictions in the country.


In recognition of his experience, in 2017 Frank was elected a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, a nationwide, invitation-only organization of preeminent insurance coverage counsel that includes both policyholder and insurer lawyers. Frank’s fellowship reflects his 27-year commitment to excellence in the field of insurance recovery. This includes vigorous and creative representation of insureds, promoting civility within the insurance coverage bar, and regularly writing and speaking on insurance topics. Frank’s writing includes serving as General Editor and chapter co-author of the LexisNexis publication Practice Guide: Washington Insurance Litigation, a practical, step-by-step book addressing all phases of insurance litigation in Washington.


Frank also maintains an active non-insurance commercial litigation practice, including corporate governance and general contract disputes. He often serves as personal counsel to insureds being defended against lawsuits that pose risk of uninsured liability.


After graduating from law school, Frank served as law clerk to the Hon. H. Emory Widener, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before relocating to found GTTC in 1996, he was an associate with the nationally renowned insurance coverage practice of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  He became a name partner at GTTC in 2007.



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  • (206) 805-6610



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Franklin D. Cordell - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Insurance Law - Washington

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