Karl was first elected to the Washington State Senate in 1956 where he was immediately appointed chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Insurance. He later chaired a Special Joint Interim Committee on Insurance that catapulted him to election as the Washington State Insurance Commissioner in 1968. Because of Karl’s tough pro-consumer stance against insurance companies, the people reelected him in 1972 by such a wide margin that he set the record as the first person in Washington to receive a million votes.
Among his many accomplishments, he developed Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which is vital to people who have been injured in auto accidents. He also led Washington to become the first state in the nation to create a guaranty fund that pays policy holders when an insurance company goes bankrupt. It is Karl’s values that continue to guide the firm today. He gained national recognition spearheading national insurance legislation when President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded him the first pen he used to sign new consumer legislation.
Karl’s strong work ethics and values were passed on to his son Charles Herrmann, a renowned aviation and injury attorney. Charles earned his well-deserved reputation as a fierce advocate for victims of major aviation disasters after successfully representing 89 victims of Korean Airlines Flight KAL 007 which was shot down by a Soviet MIG in 1983. Today, Lara Herrmann continues the proud tradition of her father and grandfather before her, fighting for the rights of injured victims against mega insurance corporations. It is Karl Herrmann’s principles in championing the rights of injured people that HERRMANN LAW GROUP is proud to carry on in our practice today.