WILDFIRE RECOVERY ATTORNEYS
The nationally-recognized attorneys with Baron & Budd and Dixon Diab & Chambers, known collectively as the Wildfire Recovery Attorneys, are actively representing those affected by the recent tragic wildfires in Northern California and Southern California, from both the 2017 and 2018 fires. The lawyers and staff with Wildfire Recovery Attorneys have extensive experience in representing California families, businesses and public entities who have suffered losses in previous wildfires across California. These wildfires are personal to the attorneys and staff of Wildfire Recovery Attorneys, as many of them grew up or lived in the affected counties and have friends and family directly impacted by the fires. Wildfire Recovery Attorneys are not just fighting in the courts for their clients, but also at the State Capitol, rebuffing efforts by the utility companies, large and profitable corporations, which are actively trying to take away the rights of fire and mudslide victims.
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Lead attorneys Russell Budd, Scott Summy and Roland Tellis were selected to the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Budd has been selected to Best Lawyers every year since 2014 and Mr. Summy has been selected to Best Lawyers every year since 2006. Baron & Budd lawyers have served in leadership positions on the majority of the major, mass tort litigations in the past two decades.
Mr. Summy was one of four attorneys to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the 2010 BP Oil Spill case, and he was instrumental in negotiating the more than $15 billion settlement obtained on behalf of the individual plaintiffs. In 2014 Baron & Budd was named to the list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers by The National Law Journal. This illustrious list is comprised of 50 law firms that have achieved significant results on behalf of plaintiffs within the previous year and have an established track record of delivering impressive results.
Baron & Budd has been repeatedly selected by The Legal 500 as one of the country’s premier law firms in mass tort claims and class action litigation. In its 40 year history, Baron & Budd has handled over 10,000 wrongful death cases and has pioneered numerous areas of litigation.
Ed Diab leads the firm’s fire litigation practice and has litigated numerous wildfire cases throughout the country. He was actively involved in the widely publicized lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric arising out of the 2010 San Bruno Gas Pipeline Explosion that leveled 38 homes and killed 8. He also currently represents numerous people in lawsuits against Pacific Gas & Electric that sustained significant property damages arising out of the 2015 Butte Fire in Amador/Calaveras County that burned over 70,000 acres.
Both Deborah Dixon and Robert Chambers have significant experience litigating complex, multi-party lawsuits against entities and insurance companies on behalf of individuals and businesses. Their experience in personal injury, business litigation, products liability and class actions provide integral background for fire cases, as does their direct experience handling claims on behalf of victims who suffered personal injury and property damages because of fires.
The firm also has substantial experience representing families in wrongful death cases, having handled more than 150 such claims and recovering millions of dollars on the families’ behalf.