Kyle A. Farnam



(206) 224-1297

(206) 621-8783

Kyle A. Farnam's practice involves handling a wide variety of property damage claims. He has represented the insurance industry and individual owners in cases involving construction defects, product liability, and maritime losses. In addition to being admitted to state and federal courts in Washington, Kyle has handled cases in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Hawaii.

Kyle earned his undergraduate degree in Biology, cum laude, from Santa Clara University and his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.  Before law school, he conducted research at multiple medical schools and a biotech company. Prior to joining the firm, he participated in Cozen O’Connor’s Summer Associate Program.


Cozen O’Connor Announces Changes to Firm Management

February 16, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the following changes in firm leadership positions for the 2021 year.


Oregon Upheld Negligent Construction Lawsuit Over Economic Loss Doctrine Concerns [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

March 09, 2021

The Economic Loss Doctrine (ELD) is a legal principle that bars negligence claims when damages are deemed purely “economic.” While more commonly applied in product defect cases, limited jurisdictions may also use the ELD to bar negligent construction claims. And in these instances, a plaintiff’s...

Oregon Court Orders Teen to Repay $37M for Starting Wildfire [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

March 12, 2019

In September 2017, a 15-year-old threw two fireworks into Oregon’s Eagle Creek Canyon, sparking a huge wildfire that destroyed several homes and impacted tourism in the area. The teenager pleaded guilty to reckless burning of public and private property, and was sentenced to community service and...

Recent Idaho Decision Excludes Expert’s Rebuttal Opinion Based on New Testing [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

December 15, 2015

A recent federal court ruling offers a reminder that subrogating carriers need to be careful when disclosing expert opinions. The case, Columbia Grain v. Hinrichs Trading et al. (D. Idaho 2015), involved a fire in a garbanzo bean elevator. The plaintiff’s expert opined that a failed bearing ignited...

A "Taking" Without Damages? Recent Washington Case Demonstrates Challenges in Bringing Inverse Condemnation Claim [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

June 25, 2013

A recent Washington case shows that establishing a “taking” is just the beginning of an inverse condemnation claim. Like many jurisdictions, Washington allows landowners to bring an inverse condemnation claim—similar to a 5th Amendment eminent domain claim that the government can...

Personal Jurisdiction in Oregon--Contacts May Not Be Enough [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

June 18, 2012

A recent Oregon case offers a reminder that subrogating carriers need to carefully examine personal jurisdiction before pursuing an out-of-state defendant. In Robinson v. Harley Davidson Motor Company (Oregon Ct. App. 2012), Oregon resident Robinson was riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle in...

A Tale of Two State's Views on the Economic Loss Rule [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

February 14, 2011

A Tale of Two State's Views on the Economic Loss Rule - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - Confused, overworked and overwhelmed by an Economic Loss Rule recovery matter? Washington and Utah have crafted unique conflicting responses to the Economic Loss Rule. This Alert reviews both state's views on the Economic Loss Rule, and evaluates their impact on potential subrogation claims in those states.

Summer 2010 [Subrogation & Recovery Observer]

July 29, 2010

Summer 2010 - Subrogation & Recovery Observer -

Washington Insurers Must Include Deductible in Subrogation Demands [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

September 16, 2009

Washington Insurers Must Include Deductible in Subrogation Demands - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - [W]hile an insurer is entitled to be reimbursed to the extent that its insured recovers payment for the same loss from a tort-feasor responsible for the damage, it can recover only the excess which the insured has received
from the wrongdoer, remaining after the insured is fully
compensated for the loss.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2018 Seattle Insurance Litigation Seminar

September 19, 2018 - Seattle, WA


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Santa Clara University, B.S., cum laude, 2004
  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Washington