Our team of attorneys have filed a Nuns Fire Lawsuit on behalf of victims of the Nuns Fire alleging that PG&E’s failure to update aging infrastructure and maintain trees near its power lines caused the fires. The fire lawsuits seek money in excess of what is already covered by insurance. We also assist our clients with home insurance & personal property inventories.
In June 2018, Cal Fire issued a report stating that it determined the Nuns Fire began after a portion of an alder tree contacted PG&E equipment. Specifically, the PG&E fire lawsuits allege that by failing to properly inspect and maintain its infrastructure and clear vegetation from its power lines, PG&E has violated the law and is legal responsibility for the substantial damages caused by the fires.
We represent homeowners, renters and businesses in PG&E Nuns fire lawsuits alleging that PG&E violated California laws and is legally responsible to pay money to those who were affected by the fires.
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We are an experienced Bay Area legal team that represents homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the 2017 Tubbs fires. Our attorneys have been appointed by California judges to serve in leadership roles in several large, coordinated fire and disaster cases, including in the 2017 PG&E Fire Cases, San Bruno Explosion and Butte Fire cases. Collectively we have more experience taking on PG&E than any other law firm in California.
Our team of lawyers has been widely-recognized for the quality of our work and achievements:
- Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association (Mike Danko)
- Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, Daily Journal (Eric Gibbs)
- Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (Mike Danko)
- Woman Advocate of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (Amanda Riddle)
- Consumer Protection MVP, Law360 (Eric Gibbs)
- Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California (Kristine Meredith)
- Consumer Attorney of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (Eric Gibbs)
- Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California (Mike Danko, Kristine Meredith, Eric Gibbs)
The Nuns Fire began on October 8, 2017 and burned over 56,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties. Before the fire was fully contained on October 31, 2017, it destroyed almost 7,000 structures and damaged over 400 more. It also resulted in 2 fatalities. Almost 80 percent of the land burned by the Nuns Fire was privately owned.
According to the Cal Fire report, the Nuns Fire originated in a field at the address of 1210 Nuns Canyon Road in the community of Glen Ellen. The Nuns Fire merged with the Partrick Fire around Sonoma Square, and then combined with the Adobe, Norrbom, Pressley, and Oakmont fires.
Areas affected by the Nuns Fire include the Oakmont watershed, the Highway 12 corridor between Nuns Canyon and the City of Sonoma, Mount Veeder, Bennett Valley, and the western portion of Napa Valley. The communities of Glen Ellen and Kenwood were particularly hard hit.
According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the suspected origin point of the Nuns Fire is up Nuns Canyon Road, northeast of Highway 12. The Chronicle reported that “investigators took photos of burned tree branches and what appeared to be a downed power line marked as evidence.” Similarly, the Chronicle also reported that an investigation into the source of the Partrick Fire took place on Patrick Road on the south slope of Mount Veeder in Napa County. Reportedly, Cal Fire investigators were evaluating “downed power lines.”
PG&E also reported a safety incident the night of the fire at 1210 Nuns Canyon Road, where a tree top broke and fell on an open wire (Incident No. 171016-8576 ). According to the Napa Valley Register, this report corresponds to the fire origin identified by Cal Fire and visited by the Chronicle.
As described further above, Cal Fire released a report in June 2018 stating that the Nuns Fire began after a portion of an alder tree contacted PG&E equipment.
✓No Other Firm Has More Experience Suing PG&E.
Our first case against PG&E was nearly 30 years ago. We know PG&E’s playbook and we use that unique knowledge to benefit our clients.
✓We have succeeded in trial against PG&E.
Our lead trial lawyer, Mike Danko, is the only lawyer in Northern California to have taken a case of this type all the way through to trial and verdict against PG&E. Since then, PG&E has offered settlements to our clients in many cases during or just before the start of trial. PG&E knows we are ready, willing and able to take a case to trial, and that approach helps us achieve the best results for our clients.
✓Appointed by judges to lead legal battles against PG&E.
We have been appointed by judges to leadership positions in large-scale cases against PG&E, including the 2017 North Bay Fires cases, the 2015 Butte Fire cases, and the 2010 San Bruno Explosion cases. Judges trust us to represent the best interests of fire & disaster victims.
The law firms of Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle, Danko Meredith, and Gibbs Law Group each has experience representing California businesses and families that have suffered losses in previous fires, and we have successfully litigated against some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the country, including PG&E.
Attorneys Dario de Ghetaldi and Amanda Riddle of Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle were co-liaison counsel for nearly 50 families in litigation against PG&E concerning the September 2010 explosion of a 30-inch natural gas transmission line in San Bruno. They currently represent over 200 families who are victims of the 2015 Butte Fire that devastated over 70,000 acres.
The attorneys of Danko Meredith have earned hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for their clients; Mike Danko was recently honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association.
Gibbs Law Group’s attorneys bring more than two decades of experience representing clients in complex cases against utility companies, banks and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Daily Journal named Eric Gibbs to its prestigious list of “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California” for 2016, and Law360 recognized Eric as a “2016 Consumer Protection MVP,” the only plaintiff-side lawyer in the country selected in that category.