Maria Sotirhos has over 28 years of experience in private practice, representing clients in both the state and federal courts and also in achieving favorable settlements before litigation. Maria's practice focuses on first-party commercial property litigation, including insurance coverage, bad-faith defense, subrogation, and regulatory and advisory opinions and guidance.
Represented property insurer in achieving settlement of multi-party, large-loss claim involving property damage to municipal reservoir systems from contractors' construction defects.
Successfully settled multi-party lawsuit by industrial product manufacturer against multiple property insurers, alleging coverage for property damage, business interruption, and extra-contractual claims.
Represented property insurer in achieving settlement of coverage and extra-contractual claims brought by local school district after fire loss.
Obtained summary judgment in the insurer's favor regarding application of Oregon law, invalidating plaintiff's purported assignment of claims from the insured taken without the insurer's consent, and establishing Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act is not retroactively applicable. Malbco Holdings, LLC v. AMCO Ins. Co., 2008 WL 5205202 (D. Or. 2008); Malbco Holdings, LLC v. AMCO Ins. Co., 546 F. Supp. 2d 1130 (E.D. Wash. 2008).
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