About Kristine A. Grelish

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Kristine became a trial lawyer out of a deeply held belief that bullies should not win and that one must stand up for what they believe is fair and right. When tragedy happens, injuring you, your children, or loved ones, Kristine works to help you and your family seek justice by leveling the playing field against insurance companies, large corporations, and the government.

Kristine devotes the majority of her practice to helping injured people and their families with personal injury cases, including motor vehicle / car accidents, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith.

Kristine attended Seattle University School of Law, where she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude. Upon graduating from law school, Kristine clerked for the Honorable Christine Quinn-Brintnall of the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II.


  • Seattle University of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. summa cum laude – 2005
  • University of British Columbia
    • B.A. – 2000 With Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State
  • U.S. District
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington

Teaching Positions

Adjunct Professor:

Seattle University School of Law, Insurance Law:
Bad Faith and Fair Conduct, fall 2013.

Law School Guest Lectures:

  • Guest Lecturer: Products Liability, topic: Working Up Your First Product’s Liability Case, Seattle University School of Law, 2007-2009, 2011 –2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Remedies, topic: Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA), Seattle University School of Law, 2009, 2011 – 2012, 2015

Faculty Volunteer:

Teaching trial advocacy in Africa, through Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA), a non-profit organization founded to promote confidence in and respect for legal institutions in African countries.

  • Machakos, Kenya, May, 2012
  • Gabarone, Botswana, November 2012
  • Gabarone, Botswana, November 2013

Speaking Engagements

Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) Lectures

How to Prepare for and Cross any Expert, WSAJ Annual Convention, New Lawyer Seminar, July 2014

What Are We Fighting Over? Where are the IFCA Debates Now?

Damages? Coverage Denials? Delays?, 36th Annual WSAJ Insurance Law Seminar, Winning Your IFCA Battle, January 2014

Jury Instructions: Drafting Within WPI; Drafting Outside the WPI; WSAJ Bringing Home the Winning Verdict Seminar, Part 3 of the So You Want to Be a Winning Trial Lawyer!? Series, May 2013

Getting Burned: Examinations Under Oath are more dangerous than you think, Hot Topics in Insurance Law, WSAJ 35th Annual Insurance Law Seminar, Seattle & Spokane, January 2013

The Floor Plan-Finding Insurance Coverage, WSAJ Insurance Basics Seminar, October 2011

Our State’s First IFCA Trial, WSBA Insurance Law Primer: Understanding the Essential Components, December 2010

Bad Faith, & Insurance Fair Conduct Act Litigation, WSAJ Motor Vehicle Litigation Seminar, March 2010

Our First IFCA Case, 32nd Annual WSAJ Insurance Law Seminar, Spokane & Seattle, January 2010

The Art of Direct & Cross Examination NBI CLE, Tacoma& Seattle, 2007

Roundtable/Brown Bag Lectures

IFCA Update: Auto Cases, USAA Claims and more, Washington State Association for Justice Downtown Seattle Roundtable, May 2014

Insurance Basics, Getting Started in the Plaintiffs Practice, WSAJ Brown Bag Series, 2012

Reports from the IFCA Frontline, Washington State Association for Justice Olympia Roundtable, 2013

IFCA, Washington State Association for Justice, Kitsap Roundtable Luncheon, 2013

Insurance Basics, WSAJ New Member Brown Bag Series, 2011

Writing Contributions                  


Insurance Fair Conduct Act & Bad Faith chapters, WSAJ Publication, Automobile Litigation Deskbook, 2010

Using Direct Examination to Win Your Case chapters, NBI Publication, Direct and

Cross-Examination for Civil Litigators, 2007

Trial News:

Eastern District of Washington breathing life into the third front of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (“IFCA”): IFCA claims based upon Washington Administrative Code (“WAC”) violations, Trial News, May 2015

IFCA: A Flicker of Light in the Federal Courts, WSAJ Trial News, February, 2013

The Plain Meaning of IFCA: Why is There Even a Debate? WSAJ Trial News, June 2012

Playground bullies and things they don’t teach you in law school, Trial News, October 2009

Honors and Awards

  • AVVO Rating 10.0
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 -2015
  • Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2010
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers , 2011 – 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)



Kristine moved to United States from British Columbia, Canada in 2002. She enjoys volunteering as a dog walker at the Humane Society in Yakima. She also fosters and helps rehabilitate abused and neglected dogs.  Kristine also loves teaching and has traveled to Kenya and Botswana as a faculty member with the non-profit Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA), where she and other foreign and African faculty taught trial skills to Kenyan and Botswana attorneys. 
When not in the office you can usually find Kristine playing with her dog Kona, spending time with her family or traveling. Her personal travels have taken her many places across the globe, in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe.  Kristine enjoys experiencing other cultures and even lived in a small Taiwanese village teaching English before attending law school.

Kristine Grelish Owner 
Personal Injury & Insurance Misconduct Lawyer

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury

  • Motor vehicle collisions / auto accidents
  • Motorcycle collisions / motorcycle accidents
  • Trucking accidents / trucking collisions
  • Pedestrian accidents / injuries
  • Bicycle accidents/ bicycle collisions
  • Wrongful death
  • Injuries caused by defective products(product liability)

Insurance Misconduct

  • Insurance coverage disputes/breach of contract
  • Insurance bad faith
  • Insurance Fair Conduct Act (“IFCA”)
  • Consumer Protection Act(“CPA”)

Arising out of the following insurance types: automobile/car insurance, homeowner, commercial liability, liability, boat, plane or other personal property losses

*Please note that while Grelish Law PLLC handles many types of insurance cases, it does not handle health insurance claims or litigation with health insurance companies.

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Bellevue Location

1606 148th Ave SE Suite 200, Bellevue, WA 98007

Phone: 206-257-6555
Fax: 206-458-6063

Yakima Location

402 W Nob Hill Blvd
Yakima, WA 98902

Phone: 509-321-5230
Fax: 206-458-6063