Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Napa & Calistoga Wildfire Victim Advocates
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as multiple wildfires ravaged more than 200,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties. The North Bay Fires are now considered among the most destructive fires in California’s history and state regulators have launched an investigation to determine the cause, with Pacific Gas & Electric at the forefront of the investigation.
As residents return to their devastated communities in Northern California, five of the state’s most prestigious law firms have united in a fight to ensure that those affected by this catastrophic firestorm are given a strong voice and that those responsible are held accountable.
Attorneys at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger and Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery have come together to investigate and prosecute claims against PG&E that has led to the deaths of at least 43 people, the displacement of tens-of-thousands more, and the loss of more than 8,400 homes as a result of the North Bay Fires.
Together, this consortium of law firms has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for fire victims. Members of these firms have led the charge for victims impacted by the 2010 San Bruno Gas Explosion and the 2015 Butte Fire in Amador County, both caused by PG&E’s failure to properly maintain its gas and electrical lines.
The San Francisco-based utility has a history of noncompliance with state law in failing to do its due diligence to properly maintain equipment and adequately cut back trees from existing power lines in order to reduce the potential risk of fire. That is why PG&E is once again under investigation, having received a letter from the California Public Utilities Commission instructing the utility to preserve broken power poles and electrical conductors that may serve as evidence in the state’s fire investigation.
While the process will be long in recovering compensation for damages sustained as a result of the North Bay Fires, this consortium of law firms has the resources to see the matter to conclusion. Their combined experience includes prosecution of wildland and wildfires caused by PG&E line failures, with attorneys specializing in wrongful death, catastrophic injury and property damage litigation. Companies like PG&E must be held accountable for their negligent actions.
For legal help for residents affected by the North Bay Fires – including the Tubbs, Atlas, Nuns, Oakmont, Adobe, Norrbom, Partrick, Redwood, Pressley, Sulphur and Pocket fires – contact (707) 658-4415 to schedule a free consultation and allow our attorneys to be the Strength By Your Side.