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Our Clients Win. Over the last 10 years 98% of our clients have recovered compensation for their pain suffering and financial losses. That is true for automobile and bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, Kaiser claims, brain injury and paralysis, wrongful death, defective products, and every kind of case we handle.

You Pay Only If We Recover Money For You. We are a 100% contingency fee firm. We charge no upfront fees or retainers for investigation or expert reviews. We advance the money to investigate, file, prosecute and where necessary, try our client’s cases. We are only paid when we recover at the end of the case. No recovery, no fee.

Our Clients Like Us and Recommend Us. We are the #1 rated San Francisco personal injury firm on YELP. Our YELP reviewers consistently refer to our concern for them as human beings and our professionalism. We care about our clients as people.

We Are the Most Awarded Personal Injury Lawyers In Northern California. We have been selected by US News as among the “Best Law Firms in America”. Every one of our partners has been selected by “Best Lawyers”. All rated Walkup lawyers hold the highest ratings for professionalism and ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell rating agency. 10 of our lawyers have been listed by SuperLawyers; five have been nominated for the San Francisco Trial Layers Trial Lawyer of the Year Award -one of them four different times; one is the 2015 San Francisco Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year” as determined by US News Best Lawyers; our lawyers have been honored by local and state bar associations national honor societies and state organizations. See our honors and awards.


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We Know How To Beat Insurance Companies. Since 1959 we have fought against insurance companies for our clients. Auto insurers, homeowners insurers, property insurers, medical insurers, casualty, excess, umbrella, special Ines and city, county and government insurers know we will fight for our clients. Insurance companies are not an injured person’s friend- we know that and fight for your rights.

We Have A Full Time Doctor-Lawyer On Our Staff. Unlike 99% of other firms we have a full time physician attorney on our staff and a second doctor-lawyer available on call to consult on medical questions, expert finding and medical malpractice case screening. These skilled professionals help us understand our clients’ medical issues and select the best testifying medical professionals for deposition and trial.

We Get Results. Through the years we have recovered more than one billion dollars on behalf of clients injured through the wrongful conduct of others. We have prevailed and recovered money for clients injured in a multitude of circumstances. See our areas of specialty.

We Try Cases. While most cases settle, some cases need to be tried for our clients to recover full value. Insurance companies and major corporations will not pay full value of a case if they are not afraid of the plaintiff’s lawyer in trial. If your lawyers cannot win in trial you have no negotiating power. We win in trial; judges and defense lawyers know that. Our team of lawyers have been honored as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association and the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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Southern California Wildfires

Responsible for some of the largest personal injury and wrongful death verdicts in U.S history

MILLIONS RECOVERED

DECADES OF EXPERIENCE

Put our experience and expertise to work for you at the time it matters most. We know how to win!
We are only paid when we recover at the end of the case. No recovery, no fee!

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SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA
COUNTY FIRE VICTIM ADVOCATES

Beginning on December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire burned more than 280,000 acres throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as it swept across the hills of idyllic seaside communities. Two people lost their lives, tens-of-thousands of residents were displaced and more than 1,300 homes and structures were destroyed by what is now considered the most catastrophic wildfire in California's history. From Santa Paula to Ventura to the Ojai Valley, residents were forced to flee their homes to escape the flames and returned to landscapes void of vegetation that were left vulnerable to the destruction that comes from erosion, flash floods and debris flows when rains returned to the region.

Six weeks after the Thomas Fire began, these Central Coast communities were devastated once again as torrential rains poured down charred hillsides as a result of the fire. Deadly flash floods and mudslides swept through neighborhoods in the early hours of January 9, 2018 and destroyed more than 125 homes, damaged hundreds more, injured 28 people and claimed the lives at least 21 residents in the community of Montecito - the cause of death of each victim identified by the County coroner as “multiple traumatic injures due to flash flood with mudslides due to recent wildfire.” The search continues for two people who remain missing.

While the cause of the Thomas Fire remains unknown and is being investigated by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire), other fire agencies and the California Public Utilities Commission, Southern California Edison acknowledged in a press release that the utility “believes the investigations now include the possible role of its facilities” and “continues to cooperate with the investigations.”

Fires caused by the failure of power lines and poorly maintained equipment owned and operated by utility companies regularly ranks among the top sources of wildfires throughout California. The attorneys at Panish, Shea & Boyle LLP, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have extensive experience in litigation against utility companies and have come together to investigate claims of negligence against Southern California Edison (SCE). 

Recovering compensation for damages sustained as a result of the Thomas Fire will be a long and arduous process but our law firms have the resources and tenacity to see the matter to a conclusion. Our combined experience includes  prosecution of wildland and wildfires caused by utility line failures, with attorneys specializing in wrongful death, catastrophic injury and property damage litigation. Companies like Southern California Edison must be held accountable for their negligent actions.

If you were impacted by the Thomas Fire and would like to discuss your legal options, please call us at (877) 497-3549 to schedule a free consultation and allow our dedicated attorneys to serve as the Strength By Your Side.


Panish Shea & Boyle LLP is a plaintiff's personal injury law firm that takes on large corporations and government entities whose negligence causes our clients' injuries, and holds them accountable. In addition to obtaining the largest personally injury verdict in US history ($4.9 billion against General Motors), the attorneys at Panish, Shea & Boyle LLP have repeatedly and consistently obtained some of the largest verdicts against utilities including a $19.8 million jury verdict against SoCalGas in 2014 to a man who suffered severe burn and traumatic brain injuries

ABOUT PANISH SHEA & BOYLE LLP

ABOUT COTCHETT, PITRE & MCCARTHY

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy only represents people or entities in cases involving just principles or causes. The key to the firm's success is its experienced attorneys and staff and their innovative approach to litigating complex matters in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Firm attorneys consistently tackle this problem head-on with their teamwork approach to obtaining fair and reasonable resolutions. The firm is also known for the breadth of its practice and the diversity of its clients: CPM attorneys are experienced in personal injury, consumer class actions, state and federal false claims matters, antitrust law, securities actions, and employment law among other practice areas.

ABOUT WALKUP, MELODIA, KELLY & SCHOENBERGER

As one of the premier personal injury firms in the United States, attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have successfully represented injured people in both state and federal courts, before arbitration hearing boards and in mediation and settlement conferences. For nearly six decades, we have helped establish new law and used personal injury litigation to compel corporations to produce safer products. As leaders in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, our attorneys have helped shape personal injury law, while securing millions of dollars in financial compensation for injured clients.

when his rental home exploded as a result of a Southern California Gas Company's negligence and a $15 million jury verdict in 2008 against SoCalGas for a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a company truck. Panish Shea & Boyle LLP also represented numerous plaintiffs in the San Bruno PG&E gas explosion cases and is currently representing thousands of clients in individual and class action lawsuits against SoCalGas and Sempra Energy following the October 2015 gas well blowout at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility in Porter Ranch, California.

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