Brittany Torrence is an Associate in Tyson and Mendes’ Seattle office. Her practice focuses primarily on automobile liability, personal injury litigation, and employment practices litigation.
Ms. Torrence has resolved a variety of cases involving uninsured motorists, personal injury, insurance coverage, and employment disputes. Ms. Torrence’s litigation experience includes facilitating over 500 uninsured motorist claims. Ms. Torrence is published both in scholarly articles and in public safety employee handbooks. She also has expertise in legal research, verdict and settlement analysis, and marketing.
Ms. Torrence is licensed to practice law in Washington State. Ms. Torrence received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2017, where she served as the Pacific-Northwest Sub-Regional Director for the National Black Law Student Association, the Article Editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and the Washington State Bar Association Student Body Representative. Ms. Torrence received her B.A. from Whitman College, where she received a History degree and a minor in Art History.
In her free time, Ms. Torrence likes to spend time with her family, play soccer and basketball, and hike. She is also an avid traveler and has lived in four different countries.
Recent PostsWashington State Passes New Laws Removing Barriers for Employees Bringing Discrimination and Harassment Lawsuits
After countless years of victimization by the system set up to privately address discrimination and sexual harassment/assault in the workplace, new Washington State laws took effect in June, 2018 that specifically remove various barriers for employees trying to bring discrimination and harassment lawsuits against employers. In reaction to and in tune with the #MeToo movement, a movement empowering victim of sexual harassment and assault to speak up against their abusers, the motivation for these laws was to empower victims of discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, by ensuring they are heard, believed, and have an avenue for remediation.Washington Division I’s Recent Determination on the Scope of Discovery in Bad Faith Claims and its Influence on Established Precedent Regarding Claim File Protection
Generally, attorney-client privilege applies to communications and advice between an attorney and client and extends to documents which contain a privileged communication. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 5.60.060(2)(a). But, when an insured driver brings a bad faith claim against his/her insurance provider, the insured must show the insurer’s breach of the insurance contract was unreasonable, frivolous, or unfounded. To do so, insured drivers insist on access to their claim files. Currently, Washington courts are warry to determine a bright line on claim files and their protection under work-product or attorney-client privilege, but continue to compound case law addressing the issue.Preparing for What is to Come: Washington raises Mandatory Arbitration limits to $100,000 starting this Fall!
Generally, in Washington State, civil cases involving claims less than $50,000 are referred into the court-sponsored “mandatory” arbitration program (MAR). Many cases are already referred to MAR, as research indicates the average bodily injury claim is approximately $15,000, plus property damages and pain and suffering. As such, cases alleging more than $50,000 are not MAR eligible. However, Washington’s legislature has just passed House Bill 1128, to be in effect on September 1, 2018, increasing the limit from $50,000 to $100,000. When the new law is effectuated, almost every case will be referable to MAR. For instance, currently, if a plaintiff alleges over $50,000 in bodily injury damages claims arising out of an auto accident, their claims would not be referred to MAR, and instead would be slated for trial. But, with the implementation of a higher limit, any case under $100,000 may be referred to MAR, to which the consequences could include a total reversal on how defense attorneys initially approach a case.