Your Trusted Legal Counsel
After A Wildfire

Committed to Helping Individuals and Businesses Recover and Rebuild

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Santa Rosa Office: 707-340-9100
Ventura Office: 805-676-0326

Individualized Service  |  Not a Class Action Firm  |  Invested in Our Communities  |  Over 25 Wildfire Cases Nationwide  |  Over 20 Years of Combined Wildfire Experience  |  Over $150 Million in Wildfire Settlements

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We're Here to Help You Rebuild

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, such as PG&E and Southern California Edison, contributed to these devastating fires.  Utility companies have a long history of being held responsible for wildfires due to inadequate management of its power lines and the surrounding vegetation.  Members of our team are currently on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the mass litigation against PG&E related to the 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County.

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.

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

Results portrayed on this website are dependent on the facts of each specific case. Results will differ if based on different facts.

We are three separate law firms that together have represented thousands of Californians affected by wildfires. Our firms have combined to form Wildfire Legal Group specifically to represent those affected by the Tubbs and Nuns fires Sonoma County, the Altas fire in Napa County, the Redwood Valley fire in Mendocino County, the Sulphur fire in Lake County, and the Thomas fire in Ventura County, among others. 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.

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Meet Our Team

E. Elliot Adler

Principal

Elliot Adler has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in wildfire and property damage cases. He has represented over 2,500 individual fire victims against power utility companies. Elliot sat on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the 2015 Butte Fire litigation pending against PG&E. He was appointed co-lead counsel for ...
the individual plaintiffs’ litigation in the 2011 Caughlin Ranch Fire litigation, against NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Co. Elliot has also resolved hundreds of cases on behalf of wildfire victims in the 2007 San Diego wild fires, against SDG&E. Elliot was selected as a “Super Lawyer” by his peers for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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 has recovered over $50 million for his clients through remarkable trial and settlement results. Dave sat on the ...
Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the 2015 Butte Fire that is being litigated against PG&E in Sacramento. Dave also played a key role in the Powerhouse Fire litigation in Los Angeles, which ultimately led to an approximate $100 million recovery for the wildfire victims. Dave 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

Chris Sieglock represents over 400 individuals, ranches, and national insurance companies in wildfire cases. Chris has dedicated his entire career to wildfire litigation and has been actively involved in 25 fire cases nationwide.  He has been appointed lead counsel in the Mountain Fire in California and the Yale Fire in ...
Washington.  Chris is actively litigating against PG&E in the Butte Fire, where he represents over 140 individuals and has recovered to date tens of millions of dollars and continues to resolve 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 fights for his clients against power companies, oil and gas companies, telecom companies, and tree contractors that have negligently caused fires.

Joanna Fox
(Joanna Simon)

Attorney

Joanna Fox (formerly Joanna Simon) 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 Wildfire Legal Group, 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.

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 500 homes, and altered the lives of thousands of residents. 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.

Demetrios Sparacino

Attorney

Demetrios Sparacino has nearly a decade of utility-caused fire litigation experience. Prior experience includes cases against Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (2013 Powerhouse Fire) and Pacific Gas & Electric (2015 Butte Fire). In addition to his law degree, Demetrios has a background in accounting and taxation and he ...
often works on complex property damage cases, including ranches, land trusts, and business losses. In his career, Demetrios has served as counsel for over 1,000 individuals and he takes pride in providing particularized care and attention to his clients. Demetrios has family ties to California's avocado industry and the Thomas Fire directly impacted members of his family.

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.

Joe Lawrence

Special Counsel

Joseph Lawrence joins Wildfire Legal Group as Special Counsel, bringing over 40 years of legal experience to the WLG team. Joe led efforts that garnered "California Lawyer of the Year" recognition and he received the Outstanding State and Local Government Legal Accomplishment Award from the American Bar Association. During his distinguished career, ...
Joe has helped local California government recover $275 million from companies such as Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and others for environmental damages.  He was the lead negotiator on a matter that recovered $109 million from Boeing and Procter and Gamble for the City of Santa Monica. For 31 years, Joe served as the Assistant City Attorney and twice as the Interim City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica.

Alan Seltzer

Special Counsel

Alan Seltzer joins Wildfire Legal Group to consult as Special Counsel. Alan is a dedicated public servant who spent two decades as an attorney for the County of Santa Barbara, including 10 years as Chief Assistant County Counsel. He also spent eight years as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for ...
the City of Santa Monica. Alan brings over thirty years of experience working on some of the most complex matters across the region, including playing an instrumental role in obtaining $109 million settlement in favor of the City of Santa Monica against Boeing and Proctor and Gamble for environmental damages.

Brittany Zummer

Attorney

Brittany Zummer specializes in class action, mass tort and civil litigation. She has recovered millions of dollars for her clients in plaintiff litigation, and has defended major corporations and public figures in civil litigation, and at the appellate court. Brittany has represented over 2,000 individual plaintiffs in wildfire litigation. She has ...
participated in litigation against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison Co., and the Department of Water & Power. She has represented victims of the Butte Fire, Round Fire, Tubbs Fire, and Nuns Fire.Brittany received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. She graduated in the top 5% of her class, and was a member of the San Diego Law Review. Brittany was a judicial extern for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff of the Southern District of California. Prior to law school, she earned her undergraduate degree (with honors) from the University of Western Ontario.

Amanda Wiesner

Attorney

Amanda Wiesner is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in mass tort and fire litigation practice, having represented over 2,000 clients affected by California Wildfires.  In the 2015 Butte Fire, she facilitated over $1 million dollars in grant funds for uninsured fire victims who lost their ...
homes.  Amanda is also dedicated to community service.  She has advocated for indigent clients in federal criminal cases, and volunteered at the Casa Cornelia Law Center assisting clients seeking asylum in the United States. Ms. Wiesner is admitted to practice in California.

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 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 Wildfire Legal Group, 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.

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 deeply 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
  • Las Conchas Fire Litigation New Mexico
  • Mountain Fire Litigation California
  • Nuns Fire Litigation California
  • Pfeiffer Fire Litigation California
  • Powerhouse Fire Litigation Texas

  • Redwood Valley Fire Litigation California
  • San Diego Witch/Guejito/Rice Fires California
  • Sayre Fire Litigation California
  • Spicewood Fire Litigation Texas
  • Steiner Ranch Fire Litigation Texas
  • Sulphur Fire Litigation California
  • Taylor Bridge Fire Litigation California
  • Thomas Fire California
  • Way Fire Litigation California
  • Wichita Falls Fire Litigation Texas
  • 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 Wildfire Legal Group 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.

Wildfire Legal Group
3558 Round Barn Blvd.
Suite 200
Santa Rosa, CA 954035

Phone: (707) 340-9100
Ventura County Phone: (805) 222-6677

info@wildfirelegalgroup.com

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