Selman Breitman Welcomes Two New Associates

Gohar Kotcharian is the newest member of the firm's Insurance practice group in Los Angeles.

Gohar's Insurance practice will focus on the preparation of coverage opinions, reservations of rights and declination letters, as well as the litigation of insurance coverage matters, including declaratory relief, equitable contribution, and bad faith claims.

A Southern California native, Gohar graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, was awarded Phi Beta Kappa membership, and received several academic honors. While working toward her J.D. at UCLA School of Law, she clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission, and represented clients in the Workers’ Rights Litigation Clinic.

The firm is also pleased to announce that Michael J. Madderra has joined our Seattle office, working with the firm's Insurance and Toxic Tort/Environmental practice groups.

Experienced in trial and appellate work, Mike has represented plaintiffs in disputes involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death, including the Ride the Ducks litigation. He worked with the plaintiff team that secured a $60 million settlement on behalf of victims of the Oso landslide, which claimed the lives of 43 people. He also worked on the plaintiff team that obtained $1.1 million in sanctions against the State of Washington for destruction of evidence – the largest such award in state history. His practice includes entertainment law, appellate, and complex civil litigation.

Mike authored The New Class Actions in Japan, published by the Washington International Law Journal, which has been cited in federal cases. A graduate of Stanford University with honors, he attended a Study Abroad program at Oxford University, and earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.