Pamira Shah Matteis

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Pamira Shah Matteis

(202) 499-7914 pmatteis@wmclaw.com Download vCard

Education:

  • J.D., The George Washington University School of Law (1993)
  • B.A., Yale University (1990)

Bar Memberships

  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

Pamira is a partner at WMC who represents policyholders against insurance companies on claims arising out of hurricanes, floods, fires and other natural disasters. She strongly believes that insurers should be held to the terms of their contracts, and she will fight to get every penny owed for her clients, regardless of whether they are large corporations or individual homeowners.

Representative matters include:

  • Representing businesses and homeowners whose properties were damaged by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria.
  • Representing 1,100 homeowners and businesses in FEMA’s Hurricane Sandy claims review process. After FEMA’s insurance companies were caught committing fraud and underpaying policyholders after Sandy, FEMA agreed to allow all policyholders to reopen their claims. Rather than accepting FEMA’s second round of low-ball offers in the claims review process, WMC took the unprecedented approach of arbitrating over 1,100 individual claims over the past year to ensure that every one of its clients received a fair hearing and an opportunity to recover what was owed to them. WMC’s clients recovered an average of nearly three times what others received through the same review process.
  • Representing the relators in U.S. ex rel. Rigsby v. State Farm, 1:06-cv-00433, which was the first case in history in which a jury found that one of FEMA’s insurance companies intentionally defrauded the federal government. The case was appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and was affirmed 8-0 in favor of the whistleblowing Rigsby sisters.
  • Representing the Attorney General of Mississippi in a series of lawsuits brought against insurance companies for committing systematic fraud and other illegal acts in the claims handling process after Hurricane Katrina that resulted in Mississippi’s payment of hundreds of millions of dollars to homeowners that should have been paid by the insurance companies.