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After A Wildfire

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Helping Those Affected by the Kincade Fire (Sonoma), Getty Fire (Los Angeles), Tick Fire (Los Angeles), Woolsey Fire (Malibu), Holiday Fire (Santa Barbara), Sandalwood Fire (Riverside), Saddleridge Fire (Los Angeles) and others.
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Our Attorneys Are In Leadership of the Most Significant Wildfire Cases of this Decade.

Over $100 Million Recovered  |  Not a Class Action Firm  |  Invested in Our Communities  |  Over 25 Wildfire Cases Nationwide  |  Over 100 Years of Combined Experience  |  Individualized Service

If No Recovery, Then No Fees and No Costs to You

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If you or your family has suffered injury or death, damage to your property or to a commercial business as a result of the recent California wildfires, you may have a claim for damages against the utility company responsible for maintaining powerlines that contributed to these fires.

California’s Public Utilities Commission and our team have launched investigations into the role that utility companies Pacific Gas and Electric (“PG&E”) and Southern California Edison (“SCE”) have played with regard to these completely devastating fires.  The Camp Fire near Chico destroyed the town of Paradise and quickly became California’s most destructive fire, just one year after the Tubbs Fire ripped through Santa Rosa.  The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles, and particularly in Malibu, devastated the region. The recent Kincade Fire, believed to be started by PG&E’s equipment has destroyed over 350 structures. Fortunately, these utility companies have substantial insurance that can be paid to homeowners and businesses facing uninsured or underinsured losses.

Utility companies have a long history of causing wildfires due to inadequate management of power lines and the surrounding vegetation.  Our preliminary investigation shows that PG&E and SCE have again neglected their duties to the public, resulting in this most recent round of California wildfires.  PG&E has admitted to state regulators that it had problems with a high voltage powerline near the area of origin for the Camp fire immediately before that fire ignited. Similarly, SCE submitted an electrical safety report to state regulators stating that there was an “outage” at one if its substations in the San Fernando Valley about two minutes before the Woolsey fire ignited.

Members of our team hold utility companies accountable when they cause wildfires.  We have been appointed to leadership committees in several mass tort litigations representing fire victims against California Utility Companies.  We were on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the litigation against PG&E related to the 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County.  We presently serve on the the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the on-going cases against SCE stemming from the disastrous 2017 Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide litigation and the 2018 Woolsey/Malibu Fire Litigation.  And we represent our clients as part of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 2017 North Bay Fires against PG&E, which include claims arising from the Tubbs, Nuns, Atlas, Redwood Valley and Cascade Fires.

Even if you have insurance, you will almost certainly find that you will not be reimbursed for the total cost to rebuild, the total cost for your damaged trees, crops, farms and vegetation, the hours you have spent to restore and tend to fire related issues, cherished family possessions, any personal injuries, and the annoyance and discomfort you have gone through. These damages can be pursued through legal action.  We file separate claims on behalf of each individual, business, ranch, winery, homeowner, and renter.  We do not file class actions and we do not believe in the class action model for fire cases.

We are two separate law firms that together have represented thousands of Californians affected by wildfires. To help those affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires, our firms have partnered to form Pacific Fire Attorneys.  We have clients from up and down California, from San Diego to Ventura to Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa, to Redwood Valley, Potter Valley and Willits.  We are lawyers that aggressively and successfully pursue compensation for our clients and have fought for the past decade to hold utility companies accountable.

You can learn more about what fire damages may be recoverable here.

Meet Our Team

Dave Fox

Principal

Dave Fox is a former federal prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice who has dedicated his career and his firm to help victims of wildfires and serious personal injuries. Dave is a leader in California wildfire litigation and courts have appointed him to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee for ...
the 2015 Butte Fire litigation against PG&E in Sacramento, the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the 2017 North Bay Fire litigation against PG&E in San Francisco, and the Plaintiffs Executive Committees for the 2017/2018 Thomas Fire and Mudslide litigation, and 2018 Woolsey/Malibu Fire litigation against Southern California Edison (“SCE”) in Los Angeles. Dave was also brought in as trial counsel in the Powerhouse Fire litigation against the City of Los Angeles, which ultimately led to an approximate $100 million recovery for all wildfire victims. Dave has had the pleasure to represent over 1,000 property and business owners harmed by fires.  He has been recognized by his peers as a four-time Super Lawyer and Outstanding Trial Lawyer. Dave has served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice and is currently on faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).

Christopher Sieglock

Principal

Christopher Sieglock dedicated his entire career to wildfire litigation and has been actively involved in over 25 wildfire cases nationwide. He represents over 1,500 individuals, ranches, and national insurance companies in wildfire cases. Chris represented national insurance companies in the Bastrop Complex Fire, the most destructive fire in Texas history and represents ...
multiple ranches in the Starbuck fire, which destroyed over 650,000 acres, the most destructive fire in Kansas and Oklahoma history. Chris was appointed lead counsel and has taken lead roles in the Yale Fire Litigation, the Mountain Fire Litigation and Steiner Ranch Fire Litigation. He currently sits on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the North Bay Fire Litigation and the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Thomas Fire Litigation.

Hamilton Arendsen

Special Counsel

Hamilton Arendsen is an experienced trial lawyer who now puts his skills to work helping victims of catastrophic injuries and wildfires throughout California.  He has represented numerous clients in connection with their claims against PG&E in the Butte Fire Litigation.  Prior to this work on wildfires, Hamilton served as  Deputy Chief ...
in the Trial Section of the United States Attorney’s Office, where he earned the Congressional Certificate of Merit and other awards for his courtroom advocacy and investigation into drug trafficking and corruption.  He is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Lawyers Of Distinction (Top 10% of lawyers nationwide), and has been recognized by his peers with an Outstanding Trial Lawyer award.  Hamilton is also proud of his perfect 10 Avvo rating from his clients.  When not in the courtroom, Hamilton spends time with his wife and two boys, volunteers with various community organizations, and teaches a trial skills class at a local law school.

Alan Seltzer

Special Counsel

Alan Seltzer joins Pacific Fire Attorneys as Special Counsel.  Alan has represented governmental entities in Central and Southern California for three decades.  He served as the Chief Assistant County Counsel for Santa Barbara County, advising Boards and Commissions on land use, energy and other complex matters and defending the County ...
in inverse condemnation, civil rights and writ actions.  Alan also served as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica, managing the Municipal Division of the City Attorney’s Office. During his distinguished career, Alan has helped local California government recover hundreds of millions of dollars from companies such as Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and others for environmental damages, including $109 million from Boeing and Procter and Gamble for the City of Santa Monica. Alan previously was a staff attorney and Board member of Channel Counties Legal Services, the Legal Services Corporation law office serving Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.  Among other things, he has taught UCLA’s Advanced Seminar on the Subdivision Map Act, and has been awarded the County Counsels’ Association Litigation Award.

Courtney Vasquez

Attorney

Courtney Vasquez has eight years of experience as a litigator and specializes in personal injury and mass tort cases. Over the past year, Courtney has focused her practice on wildfire litigation and has facilitated millions of dollars in settlements for victims of the 2015 Butte Fire that burned more than 70,000 ...
acres, destroyed over 850 homes, and altered the lives of thousands of residents. She is also actively representing hundreds of victims from the 2017 North Bay Fires and the Thomas Fire and Mudslide cases in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Courtney understands the overwhelming devastation wildfire victims suffer and knows what it takes to maximize recovery for plaintiffs who have been affected by a wildfire.

Joanna Fox

Attorney

Joanna Fox has spent her career litigating and successfully resolving some of the largest mass tort, wrongful death and personal injury cases of the past decade. Because of this work, she was selected by her peers as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” in both 2017 and 2018. Joanna takes a thoughtful ...
approach to maximizing recoveries for her clients, whether that be through negotiations, mediation, or trial. Joanna’s client-focused approach has earned her a perfect “10 out of 10” AVVO rating. Before joining Pacific Fire Attorneys, Joanna was an attorney at top international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP. Joanna has taken the skills she gained there and dedicated her practice to fighting for individuals and businesses affected by wildfires, or those who have suffered serious personal injuries.

Russ Gold

Special Counsel

Russ Gold is a trial lawyer honored with an “AV Pre-Eminent” rating by his peers (the highest rating) through Martindale Hubbell, a national, independent, lawyer rating service.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a Comments Editor for the Law ...
Review. Russ Gold serves as “of counsel” to Pacific Fire Attorneys.  In this role, Russ provides counsel, advice, and assistance as needed to the firm’s lawyers who can benefit from Russ’ vast experience with many different types of cases and legal issues over the past 23 years. Russ began his legal career at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP in San Diego and he became a partner at the firm.  Russ then became a founding partner of the litigation boutique firm, Pestotnik + Gold LLP.    As Russ’ practice gradually evolved to helping more individuals and families achieve justice in personal injury, wrongful death and fire cases, Russ joined Gomez Trial Attorneys to manage the firm's North San Diego County office.  Russ has tried a variety of cases involving complex business disputes, business torts, fraud, financial elder abuse, personal injury, products liability, civil rights / excessive force, and wrongful death.  Russ now focuses on select serious personal injury, wrongful death, and complex fire litigation cases. Presently, Russ serves as the Advocacy Chair for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's San Diego Affiliate.  Russ is an avid swimmer and cyclist, and he enjoys wakeboarding, wake surfing, and snowboarding.

Chris Hendricks

Attorney

Chris Hendricks is a seasoned litigator with a decade of experience working on complex cases for and against insurance companies and municipalities. After gaining a deep knowledge of the insurance industry, he decided to pursue his passion and fight for individuals who have suffered personal losses, been injured or have lost ...
their homes or businesses in wildfires. He applies his unique knowledge and experience to help navigate his clients to extraordinary results. Chris has consistently prevailed for his clients in all aspects of a claim, from pre-litigation negotiation, to settlements, and through trial. Chris is highly involved in philanthropic efforts in the community and currently sits on the board of The Nancy Amato Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping families affected by pancreatic cancer.

Rachel Sieglock

Attorney

Rachel Sieglock specializes in mass tort and personal injury matters. Prior to joining Pacific Fire Attorneys, Rachel aggressively litigated against fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, for damages caused to her clients by their harmful and wrongful conduct. Rachel is San Diego’s 2017 regional chair for the Consumer Attorney of ...
California’s New Lawyer Division.

Kristen Reano

Attorney

Kristen Reano specializes in wildfire litigation.  She has assisted in recovering tens of millions of dollars for victims of the 2015 Butte Fire against PG&E.  She is currently playing a key role in the North Bay Fires Litigation against PG&E, managing hundreds of clients affected by the Cascade, Lobo and ...
LaPorte Fires.  Kristen is passionate about helping others, and has worked closely with hundreds of clients facing devastation in the wake of a fire. Kristen earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento.  Kristen attended Drivon School of Law, Humphreys University in her hometown of Stockton, CA.  Kristen was a member of the Student Bar Association and Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity.  After becoming a certified law student, Kristen appeared in several Collaborative Courts at San Joaquin County Superior Court including Felony Drug Court, Highly Violent Offender, Parole Reentry, and Post Release Community Supervision. Kristen also enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls, cooking, and camping.

Our Experience Is Unmatched

We've represented thousands of individuals and businesses across the country in wildfire cases to help them recover their fire damages. We are dedicated to helping residents rebuild. This is our commitment. We are leveraging over a decade of experience litigating against utility companies and other entities that cause catastrophic fires. Our team has been involved in each of the cases listed below.

  • Atlas Fire Litigation California
  • Bastrop Complex Fire Litigation Texas
  • Bernardo Fire Litigation California
  • Butte Fire Litigation California
  • Caughlin Fire Litigation Nevada
  • Camp Fire Litigation California
  • Mountain Fire Litigation California
  • Nuns Fire Litigation California
  • Pfeiffer Fire Litigation California
  • Potter Valley Fire Litigation California
  • Powerhouse Fire Litigation California
  • Rhea and 34 Complex Fires Oklahoma

  • Redwood Valley Fire Litigation California
  • Spicewood Fire Litigation Texas
  • Steiner Ranch Fire Litigation Texas
  • Sulphur Fire Litigation California
  • Taylor Bridge Fire Litigation California
  • Thomas Fire Litigation California
  • Tubbs Fire Litigation California
  • Way Fire Litigation California
  • Wichita Falls Fire Litigation Texas
  • Woolsey Fire Litigation California
  • Yale Fire Washington

You can read more about our results here.

Recovering for Fire Damages

Your Home: Construction and Restoration. People work their entire lives to build or buy a home. When a preventable fire destroys or damages a home, it leaves a family without a place to live and wondering what to do next. You may be entitled to compensation for the damage or destruction of your home caused by a fire, including the amount of money it would take to restore your property to the condition it was in the day before it was affected by a fire. We hire the best experts to put your claim together, including construction experts, arborists, erosion experts, appraisers, and others depending on the nature of your claim.

Emotional Distress and Loss of Cherished Possessions in California Fires. Fires cause injury, death, and loss of property, leaving families homeless and without their most cherished possessions. These irreplaceable items include photos, antiques, family heirlooms, toys and books, wedding albums, instruments and much more. Those suffering a total loss from a fire may suffer extreme emotional trauma resulting from the realization that what they have spent a lifetime building is now gone. This can result in feelings of uncertainty and fear for years to come. Some deeply affected individuals may even experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We understand this sensitivity, and work closely with our clients to get them the compensation they deserve after a fire.

Insurance. Making it worse, families and businesses will come to find—almost universally—that their insurance coverage is not enough to re-build and restore their home or replace their lost contents. We help our clients through the insurance process at no cost, making sure they are able to maximize their coverage.

Recovery. Having an attorney who is experienced in recovering fire damages can make a great difference in the amount of compensation you may be able to recover. The attorneys at Pacific Fire Attorneys are among the most successful fire damage attorneys in California. Combined, we have obtained over $150 million in compensation for our clients who have been damaged by fires. We have helped thousands of fire-affected individuals rebuild.

Our California fire damage attorneys know how to go head-to-head with powerful corporations and utility companies. We have the knowledge, litigation skills and experts to help us identify the cause of a fire early and value your claims. We will fight to get you compensated for your fire damages, including your property loss and related expenses, your injuries or health issues, and your emotional distress that comes from losing your home and being displaced for an extended period of time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When utility companies and their contractors wrongfully cause a fire and harm to others they often use their tremendous resources to fight hard in minimizing payouts to anyone who suffers a loss. Seasoned wild fire attorneys fight for you to prove the corporation is responsible and to establish the true value of your losses, including your annoyance and discomfort from this devastating event. We hire experts in fire investigation, hydrology, metallurgy, erosion, rebuilding costs, tree valuation, and personal property valuation. Working together with these experts we have the ability to reimburse you for your losses beyond what any insurance or government assistance may cover.

You do not pay us a dime out of pocket. We are paid by an agreed upon percentage from any recovery we obtain on your behalf. We advance all costs of the case on your behalf, and you do not pay anything unless we recover money for you.

You may be underinsured for this incident or your insurance company may deny the full value you believe you are entitled to recover. Insurance companies also often do not provide reimbursement for the annoyance and discomfort you have experienced. As a result, we fight to ensure those responsible for causing the fire pay the difference and ensure you are fully compensated for the loss that you suffered.

We help uninsured homeowners and renters. California law permits recovery for both uninsured and insured victims. If the fire was caused by a company’s negligent or careless action and you were harmed, then you are entitled to be reimbursed and we will work tirelessly for that reimbursement.

Chico

977 East Avenue, Suite 60
Chico, CA 95926

Phone: (530) 433-0093

Los Angeles

350 South Grand Ave, Suite 3325
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: (424) 250-2883

Santa Barbara

7 West Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone: (805) 695.3559

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