Garo Hovannisian is Of Counsel in Selman Breitman’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s Insurance practice group.  For more than 20 years, Garo has provided coverage-related analysis and recommendations to clients, represented insurers in policyholder coverage disputes, and handled various complex inter-insurer matters.  His practice encompasses various types of policies, including commercial general liability, homeowners, errors and omissions, and personal and business auto.

For nearly a decade, Garo co-headed a major carrier's national (and later California-based) coverage unit.  Under this program, he handled thousands of coverage assignments, ranging from evaluating policies and pleadings for coverage issues, preparing coverage memoranda, drafting reservation of rights and denial letters, communicating with policyholder counsel regarding coverage issues, monitoring case activity, and representing the client at settlement conferences, mediations and coverage-related meetings.  Garo also has experience in all aspects of coverage-related litigation.

Garo originally is from Fresno, California but has resided in Los Angeles for more than 45 years.  He is married and has three children.

Related Practices

Bar Admission

  • California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1994

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991

Phi Beta Kappa