CA Wildfire Victim Advocates
As residents return to their devastated communities throughout Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, four of California’s most prestigious law firms are united in a fight to ensure that those affected by the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire are given a strong voice and that those responsible for their devastating losses are held accountable.
Attorneys at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, and Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP have come together to investigate and prosecute claims against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as a result of the Camp Fire in Northern California and against Southern California Edison (SCE) as a result of the Woolsey Fire in Southern California that has led to the deaths of at least 88 people, the displacement of tens-of-thousands more, and the loss of more than 20,000 homes and structures, combined.
Members of these firms currently serve as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the North Bay Fires litigation against PG&E as a result of the 2017 Wine Country Fires as well as serve as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in litigation against SCE in the Southern California Fire Cases arising from the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flows in Montecito, California. Together, this consortium of law firms has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for fire victims and 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.
Both PG&E and SCE have 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 these utility companies are once again under investigation.
While the process will be long in recovering compensation for damages sustained as a result of the Camp Fire or Woolsey Fire, 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 and SCE must be held accountable for their negligent actions.
For legal help for residents affected by the Camp Fire or Woolsey Fire contact (707) 658-4415 to schedule a free consultation.