Notable Cases

  • Counsel for more than 400 survivors of the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow. Appointed by the court to the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee for the cases against Southern California Edison. The plaintiffs’ claims include wrongful death, personal injury, loss of family homes, property damage and diminution in value, among others.
  • Counsel for more than 200 survivors of the Woolsey Fire in cases against Southern California Edison.
  • Counsel for multiple homeowners in Santa Barbara against the City of Santa Barbara where the City refused to allow the homeowners to rebuild their homes after they were destroyed in a wildfire in 2008. The City’s actions were held to be unconstitutional and the homeowners were awarded damages, attorney fees and costs against the City.
  • Counsel for homeowners against the City of Los Angeles in a case involving a landslide which destroyed their Bel Air home resulting in a jury verdict in excess of $4 million. The verdict was upheld on appeal to the California Supreme Court by the City of Los Angeles.
  • Counsel for a majority of a tract of homes developed by a major national developer in the City of Duarte. The case involved inverse condemnation claims against the City and fraud and negligence claims against the developer. At trial, the jury awarded plaintiffs the sales price of their homes and punitive damages against the developer and inverse condemnation damages against the City. The cases then settled in the seven figure range.
  • Counsel for the buyers of a home purchased from the foreclosing bank. The bank concealed significant defects in the home with patching and painting and made no disclosure to the buyers of the issues with the home during escrow. After a jury trial, the homeowners were awarded the entire purchase price paid to the bank and punitive damages in excess of $3 million.
  • Counsel for the owners of several homes in the hills of Culver City in a case against the City of Culver City. The City paid each property owner almost $500,000 for damage to their homes and paid millions more to stabilize the hillside below the homes.
  • Counsel for a USC professor in a case against the County of Los Angeles where a landslide damaged his land and destroyed a County road. The case settled with the landslide being repaired and the roadway reconstructed at a cost of more than $3 million.
  • Counsel for the owners of two homes in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles in a case against the City of Los Angeles arising out of landslide and mudflow damage to the two homes involved. The case settled with the City agreeing to pay in excess of $600,000 and to construct a storm drain on the City street located upslope from the homes to prevent future damage.
  • Counsel for the owners of almost the entire tract of homes constructed by a major Southern California developer resulting in a judgment in excess of $22 million arising from earth movement related issues.
  • Counsel for homeowners in Montecito against a local luxury builder for landslide damage to the property. After trial, judgment was rendered in favor of the homeowners in the sum of $1,295,000.

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