About Our Attorneys

The attorneys of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC have a reputation for obtaining extraordinary results for clients who have been severely harmed or victimized by others. In the process, we have received a great deal of public attention for landmark cases that have either changed the law or changed the behavior of “untouchable” entities, like corporations, insurance companies, government agencies, and religious entities. From holding businesses, governments, and insurance companies accountable for their misconduct to prosecuting civil cases of childhood sexual abuse, to proving damages for clients who have been catastrophically injured, we have proven our skills time and time again.

Michael T. Pfau

Attorney Michael T. Pfau

Seattle attorney Michael T. Pfau has practiced law for more than 25 years.  He has tried over 50 cases to juries, the bench, and arbitration panels.  Michael has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million, and he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients.  In 2012, he obtained an $8 million jury verdict against a Catholic religious order, believed to be one of the largest of its kind.

Michael attended Boston College, graduated magna cum laude, and earned a number of other academic honors.  After Boston College, Michael attended Michigan law school and graduated in 1991.  He has been named a perpetual “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine, receiving that honorable distinction every year since 2003.  He is peer rated AV Preeminent.

Michael has dedicated a large part of his practice to representing victims of childhood sexual abuse against sexual predators and the institutions that employ and protect them.  Michael has had tremendous success prosecuting claims of child sexual abuse in a number of different states and jurisdictions.  In this endeavor, Michael has been lead counsel for hundreds of victims of sexual abuse and has recovered in excess of $200 million for his clients over the past 15 years in lawsuits against the Catholic church, the Mormon church, the Boy Scouts of America, and other institutions responsible for child sex abuse.

Michael has been involved in a number of the nation’s large Catholic bankruptcy settlements, including the Dioceses of Spokane and Milwaukee and those involving the Jesuit order and the Irish Christian Brothers.

Michael was also recently involved in a lawsuit on behalf of three minor girls sexually trafficked on the website Backpage.com, the largest online marketer of prostitutes in the United States.  His clients obtained a landmark victory in the Washington State Supreme Court over whether federal immunity barred the case.  Michael now represents clients who were human trafficking victims on Backpage in cases in Washington, California, Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, Alabama, and New York.

Jason P. Amala

Attorney Jason P. Amala

Jason P. Amala has represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  He has recovered tens of millions of dollars for those clients, and was part of the trial team that obtained an $8 million verdict for a client who was abused at a parish run by a Catholic religious order.

Jason started representing abuse survivors more than ten years ago when he was asked to help a number of men who had been abused at a Catholic boarding school outside of Seattle.  The litigation eventually led to the bankruptcy of the Christian Brothers religious order.

Jason has successfully pursued claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, the Mormon Church, and numerous schools and state institutions.  He has also been closely involved with a number of Catholic bankruptcies, including the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Christian Brothers religious order, and has been the lead appellate lawyer on a number of watershed cases that have expanded the rights of abuse survivors and crime victims.  The prior results Jason has obtained for his clients do not guarantee or predict the future results of his work, but they do reflect his dedication to helping survivors of child abuse.

Jason graduated with distinction from the University of Washington Honors College, and then obtained his law degree from Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class and received a number of top honors.

Jason is licensed to practice law in Washington and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Vincent T. Nappo

Attorney Vincent T. Nappo

Vincent primarily represents survivors of childhood sexual abuse against the individuals and powerful organizations responsible for the abuse, such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church.

Vincent has a long history of advocating on behalf of underprivileged and underrepresented communities.   Today, he continues to fight for those who have been wronged by the greed, negligence, and careless acts of others.  He serves as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children, and he volunteers his spare time to help victims of domestic violence.

Vincent graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and then earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Vincent is currently licensed to practice law in Washington and lives in the Seattle area.

Anelga Doumanian

Anelga has focused her work on helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse since before she became a lawyer.  During her second year of law school, she clerked for one of the few Missouri law firms that is dedicated to representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  After graduating from law school, Anelga continued to focus almost exclusively on representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse against the Catholic Church, including the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Archdiocese of Seattle, and the Diocese of Yakima.  Although Anelga lives and works in Seattle, she is licensed in both Washington and New York.