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A lawyer needs to be passionate about achieving her clients' objectives while remaining level-headed and above the fray. Civility in the legal profession not only makes the practice more enjoyable for lawyers, it ensures good outcomes for clients.

Maria E. Sotirhos

Maria Sotirhos has over 22 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.

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Education

  • University of Washington School of Law – J.D., 1990; Moot Court Honor Board
  • University of Washington – B.A. in Political Science with College of Arts & Sciences Honors, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California (inactive)
  • US District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Notable Results

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).

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, The Art and Science of Negotiation for Lawyers: Pit-Bull Ethics, CLE Services, 2007
  • Speaker, Hide and Seek: When is Collapse Caused by "Hidden Decay" and When is Decay No Longer "Hidden"?, Loss Executives Association Meeting, 2002

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Seattle Classic Literature Book Club

Personal Interests and Activities

Travel, cooking, politics, reading.