SAN FRANCISCO–Out of more than 200,000 eligible attorneys–California Lawyer Magazine chose attorneys Mark Geragos–Brian Kabateck–and Vartkes Yeghiayan to be among the few attorneys which will receive the prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award in litigation.
The CLAY Award recognizes those attorneys throughout the state whose work has had a profound–far-reaching impact over the past year. The attorneys honored changed law–broke new ground in various areas–and substantially influenced public policy.
Armenian-American lawyers Mark Geragos–Brian Kabateck–and Vartkes Yeghiayan were recognized for their work in reaching two settlemen’s of $20 million and $17.5 with insurance companies on behalf of descendants of Armenia’s killed during the Armenian genocide.
Martin Marootian–et al. v. New York Life Insurance Company and Kyurkjian–et. al. v. AXA were momentous since they represent one of the oldest unresolved cases in history–that have now been settled 90 years later. They are also the first recorded cases addressing issues involving the Armenian genocide.
All three attorneys are of Armenian decent and descendants of Genocide victims and survivors. Through these cases–they feel honored to have helped people understand the magnitude of the atrocities committed during the Armenian genocide.