Isaac Ruiz is a partner with Keller Rohrback. He was selected to the 2015 and 2016 Washington Super Lawyers lists and is rated a “Superb” lawyer by Avvo.
The first college graduate in his family, Mr. Ruiz completed his degree at the University of Texas at Austin (Government and Economics) in just two and a half years. In 2000, he graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where he graded onto the Notre Dame Law Review, served on the Journal of College & University Law, and won the Arthur Abel Memorial Award for best article. After law school, Mr. Ruiz served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.
Before joining Keller Rohrback, Mr. Ruiz worked with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Denver and with Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle.
Mr. Ruiz is the author of the Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Cases & Analysis (2014), a respected treatise on insurance law. He also compiled the only complete collection of legislative history for the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, including certified transcripts of legislative hearings. Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Ruiz served as the Chairman of the Washington State Association’s Insurance Section. His insurance cases include:
- Bird v. Best Plumbing Group, LLC, 175 Wn.2d 756, 287 P.3d 551 (2012) (regarding covenant judgments),
- MWW, PLLC v. Kiribati Seafood, LLC, No. 69109-1-I, 2014 WL 117319 (Jan. 13, 2014) (regarding reasonableness hearings),
- Lains v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, No. C14-1982-JCC (W.D. Wash.) (obtaining three summary-judgment orders in favor of the policyholder, including an order holding that American Family improperly depreciated personal property based on age alone);
- Sund v. Regence BlueShield, No. 13-2-03122-1, 2013 WL 8461168 (Wash. Superior Court) (holding that the law creating Washington’s Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) is unconstitutional).
In 2015, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray nominated Mr. Ruiz to serve as a Commissioner on the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC), a civilian commission with a mandate to develop reform recommendations and represent community interests on police matters. The City Council approved the nomination in early 2016. Mr. Ruiz also serves as the Vice President of the QLaw Foundation, which provides free legal services to members of the LGBTQ community and education about legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community.
Virginia Bar Association, Non-Active Member
Washington State Bar Association, Member
Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member
American Association for Justice, Member
King County Bar Association, Member
QLaw Association, Member
QLaw Foundation, Vice President
Insurance Section of the Washington State Association for Justice, Former Chairman
Commissioner, Community Police Commission of the City of Seattle
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, Member
Selected to the 2018 Washington Super Lawyers list
Selected to the 2017 Washington Super Lawyers list
Selected to the 2016 Washington Super Lawyers list
Selected to the 2015 Washington Super Lawyers list
Rated a “Superb” lawyer by Avvo.com
Arthur Abel Memorial Writing Award for Best Student Article at Notre Dame Law School, 1999
Indiana Collegiate Press Award of Merit, 1998
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, Washington State Association for Justice’s 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, Washington State Association for Justice’s Trial News (2014).
Presenter, IFCA and Bad Faith Insurance Claims, Washington State Association for Justice’s Legal Staff Section (2014).
Presenter, IFCA Claims Without a Denial of Coverage, Washington State Association for Justice’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 of 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 the Washington State Association for Justice’s Trial News (2012).
Author of Swidler & Berlin v. United States: Ye Shall Know the Truth If the Truth Shall Set Ye Free, published in the Notre Dame Law Review (1999).
Author of NCAA v. Smith: Must the NCAA Play by the Rules?, published in the Journal of College & University Law (1999).
University of Texas at Austin
B.A., 1996, Economics and Government
Notre Dame Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2000, Notre Dame Law Review, Journal of College & University Law
Virginia (associate member)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Admitted
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Admitted
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Admitted
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Admitted
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Admitted