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FIGHTING FOR VICTIMS OF CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

Wildfires across the state of California have killed dozens of people and scorched thousands of acres. If you or a loved one were affected, an experienced attorney may be able to help. Please get in touch with us now to learn more.

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Southern California Wildfires & Mudslides

In December 2017, six devastating wildfires besieged Southern California, including the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the Creek Fire in the Sylmar/Kagel Canyon area, and the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita. Tragically, the fires displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, burned hundreds of thousands of acres, and destroyed thousands of homes across the Southern California region.

The fires were among the most destructive the state has ever seen. The Thomas Fire was the largest wildfire in modern California history. The effects of the fire also contributed to mudslides in Montecito that caused at least 21 fatalities and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes.

It has been reported that electric company Southern California Edison’s local facilities are currently under investigation in relation to the cause of at least some of the fires. California Fire Lawyers currently represents plaintiffs who sustained injuries or incurred damages as a result of the fires in lawsuits against SoCal Edison. Contact us to learn more.

Northern California Wildfires

In October 2017, multiple fires blazed in Northern California, claiming more than 40 lives and destroying thousands of homes. The Tubbs Fire, which raged through Sonoma County and Napa County, quickly became the most destructive fire in California history.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company, known as PG&E, has been accused of negligence which led to the start of these fires. California Fire Lawyers currently represents hundreds of plaintiffs from Tubbs, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Butte Counties who are holding PG&E accountable for their alleged role in causing the fires. We also represent public entities, including Sonoma County and Napa County, in lawsuits against PG&E. Contact us to learn more.

We’re here to help you determine your legal rights.

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“The mudslide washed my car away and the destroyed remains of it were found on the beach in Montecito. As terrifying as that was, I am so thankful that my family was otherwise unharmed. My heart breaks for the families who are grieving the loss of loved ones after this terrible ordeal.”

– Alicia Journey, a local attorney with the California Fire Lawyers

Helping Californians Recover Losses From Wildfires

Many people who have lost their homes due to the wildfires are coming to a devastating realization. They thought their homeowner’s insurance policy covered them for their losses – but just the opposite is true. Many older policies don’t come close to providing the coverage these property owners need in order to pick up the pieces.

The nationally-recognized attorneys with Baron & Budd, the Singleton Law Firm, Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP, Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, and Terry Singleton, Esq., known collectively as the California Fire Lawyers, are teaming up to help those affected by these tragic wildfires. Each of these firms has extensive experience in representing California families who have suffered losses in previous wildfires, including the Butte and Chariot fires.

Articles & News Updates

Join the Santa Barbara Community Comeback Celebration

After everything the Montecito/Santa Barbara area has been through in the last few months due to the wildfires and mudslides, isn’t it time for a little fun? California Fire Lawyers will be providing tons of it on April 21 through the Community Comeback Celebration. The event, which will be free to the public, will take place at Lower Manning Park in Montecito. Come Out and Relax This event will be fun for the entire family. There will be food catered [...]

Superior Court Judge Grants Petition to Coordinate Southern California Fire Cases and Recommends Los Angeles County Superior Court

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San Francisco Superior Court Appoints Five Members of California Fire Lawyers to Key Leadership Positions in North Bay Fires Litigation

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Senior Team

Scott Summy
Scott Summy
Scott Summy is a shareholder at Baron & Budd, one of the largest and oldest firms in the United States that specializes in environmental litigation. Mr. Summy heads up the firm’s Environmental Litigation Group, which litigates complex environmental…
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John Fiske
John Fiske
Mr. Fiske manages Baron & Budd’s west coast Ecolawyer litigation in several matters including PCB litigation, groundwater contamination, PFOA/PFOS litigation, and wildfire litigation. Mr. Fiske represents and manages the following PCB clients…
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Gerald Singleton
Gerald Singleton
Singleton Law Firm, based in San Diego, is one of the top fire litigation firms in the state of California. Over the past decade, SLF has represented thousands of individuals in major fires all over the state of California, and has recovered over…
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Erika Vasquez
Erika Vasquez
After graduating from California Western School of Law in 2009, Erika began her legal career working with people who sustained damages in the 2007 San Diego Wildfires. She also worked as the lead associate on the 2013 Powerhouse Fire in East…
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Amanda Locurto
Amanda Locurto
Amanda focuses on fire litigation, personal injury, and post-judgment enforcement. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science: International Relations. During college, she was…
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John McGuire
John McGuire
John F. “Mickey” McGuire has successfully represented plaintiffs in subject areas as diverse as construction defects, landslide and subsidence claims, unfair business practices, products liability, franchise disputes, partnership dissolution…
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Deborah Dixon
Deborah Dixon
Deborah Dixon has litigated complex litigation cases, including losses for thousands of clients against large manufacturers and corporate entities, for over 10 years. She has been the recipient of distinguished awards such as Top Attorney…
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Ed Diab
Ed Diab
Ed Diab leads the firm’s mass tort practice, focusing on pharmaceutical, medical device and wildfire litigation. Mr. Diab began his career as an active trial attorney focused on complex plaintiffs’ elder abuse and medical malpractice…
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Rob Chambers
Rob Chambers
Rob Chambers has focused his entire career on representing people who have suffered catastrophic injury or significant economic harm. Prior to co-founding Dixon Diab & Chambers, Rob spent more than a decade working alongside several of…
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Team

Alicia Journey
Alicia Journey
Alicia Journey is an attorney who is a member of both the California State Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar. She graduated from the prestigious Pepperdine School of Law in 2009 with her Juris Doctorate. In the same year she…
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Cary McDougal
Cary McDougal
Over the nearly two decades that he has practiced law, Cary McDougal has proven to be a Formidable trial lawyer with unflinching resolve to serve his clients. Cary has been lead attorney in over 75 jury trials in state and federal court. He has tried cases…
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Cat Kindschi
Cat Kindschi
Cat Kindschi is one of the Administrative Assistants at the California Fire Lawyers downtown Santa Rosa office. Cat has called Sonoma County home since 1993. Originally raised in the South Coast Metro area of Orange County Cat…
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Cori Herrera
Cori Herrera
Cori started her legal profession 28 years ago as a legal assistant. Over the years she has become well rounded working on variety plaintiff personal injury cases as well as insurance defense. In 2015 she received her paralegal certificate and also…
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Erin McIntosh
Erin McIntosh
Erin McIntosh is a Senior Paralegal and Manager with Baron & Budd, P.C. dedicating her time to the Environmental Litigation Group. She works on and oversees all the work being performed in the group including, but not limited to, the wildfire…
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Heidi Olson Negoesco
Heidi Olson Negoesco
Heidi Olson Negoesco is the lead Administer for California Fire Lawyers in their Santa Rosa Office. Heidi has been a long-time resident in Sonoma County, enjoying a career in the restaurant and catering business, as an employee and…
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Jennifer Nard
Jennifer Nard
Jennifer Nard is a paralegal with Baron & Budd, P.C. dedicating her time to Environmental Litigation. She is currently involved in several matters including PCB Litigation, groundwater contamination, PFOA/PFOS litigation, and wildfire…
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Justin Walker
Justin Walker
Justin Walker has long held a passion for fighting on behalf of the bullied and has carried that passion into the courtroom, where he has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal courts. Justin graduated cum laude from the…
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Karla Mier
Karla Mier
Karla Mier has been a member of the Singleton Law Firm team since early 2017. Ms. Mier supports the team through her roles of receptionist and administrative assistant. She is currently enrolled in college classes and volunteers with various…
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Kristina Herbert
Kristina Herbert
Kristina Herbert graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a B.A. in Child and Family Law. Kristina completed her clinical internship with County Counsel Juvenile Division and graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law…
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Lorrie Walker
Lorrie Walker
Lorrie Walker has extensive experience dealing with insurance coverage issues and complex mass tort and class action litigation. Lorrie’s background as a defense lawyer offers her a unique advantage navigating the insurance claim landscape. Lorrie…
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Matt Huffman
Matt Huffman
Matt Huffman is a contract attorney working with the California Fire Lawyers joint venture. Matt believes in standing up for those who are unable to do so themselves. A recent first-time passer of the challenging California Bar Exam, he worked for…
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Matthew Defer
Matthew Defer
Matthew graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in History. Matthew then went on to receive his Masters in Legal Studies and Juris Doctorate degree from Empire College School of Law. While attending law school, Matthew…
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Melody Amoss
Melody Amoss
Melody Amoss is in her final semester at Empire Law School in Santa Rosa, California and will take the Bar in July 2018. Melody earned her undergraduate degree from Sonoma State University in American Multicultural Studies…
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Patrice Doyle
Patrice Doyle
After completing her undergraduate degree at U.C. Santa Barbara in 1990, Patrice moved to Santa Rosa. She enjoyed a long career in the life insurance industry (marketing, project management, and product development), before beginning her…
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Ryan Cox
Ryan Cox
Ryan Cox is a legal assistant at the Singleton Law Firm. In his time with the firm he has assisted in the recovery of millions of dollars for the victims of the 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County, California. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cox received his Bachelors…
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Sean Manee
Sean Manee
Usawin Sean Maneewongwathana (“Sean Manee”) is an associate attorney with the Singleton Law Firm who specializes in wildfire litigation. He represented victims of the 2015 Butte Fire and assisted hundreds in recovering from the Federal Emergency…
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Shelby Golston
Shelby Golston
Shelby graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in English. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked for a start-up dental sleep medicine company…
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Stephanie Caloca
Stephanie Caloca
Stephanie graduated from California Western School of Law. Her career as an attorney began with wildfire litigation cases. She has helped hundreds of wildfire victims recover for their lost homes and wildfire experiences…
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Tyler Waters
Tyler Waters
Tyler Waters has been involved in wildfire litigation since he joined Singleton Law Firm in 2010. Tyler graduated from Sacramento State with a B.A. in Geography. He holds a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate, which is useful for…
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Zack Sandman
Zack Sandman
Zack Sandman was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended law school at Boston College. Following the historic Butte Wildfire, which burned more than 7,000 acres and destroyed nearly 575 homes near San Andreas, California…
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