Wildfires, Landslides & Floods Inverse Condemnation

Mass Tort and Disaster Specialists


When disaster strikes and experience and results matter, property owners turn to the Law Offices of Joseph Liebman. We have been representing property owners for more than 30 years in lawsuits against the government, utilities, and big business whether the damage was caused by fire, landslides or other causes. We are currently representing survivors of the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow.


Mr. Liebman has been appointed by the Court as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) for the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow cases, which have been coordinated as a Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding (JCCP) and transferred to Judge Buckley, the Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, for all pre-trial purposes. Other members of our legal team, Alex Robertson (Westlake Village) and Robert Curtis of Foley, Bezek, Behle & Curtis (Santa Barbara) were also appointed to the PEC by the Court. Currently, our team represents more than 400 plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against Defendant Southern California Edison Company (SCE), which allege that SCE caused the Thomas Fire and the resulting debris flow in Montecito. We represent one of the largest groups of plaintiffs in this JCCP proceeding.

We are also representing survivors of the Woolsey fire and filed the very first lawsuit against Edison for causing that fire. Our clients stretch from Malibu, to Westlake Village, Bell Canyon, Agoura and Malibu Lake.

Litigation For Clients Throughout Southern California And The Central Coast

Landslides And Natural Occurrences

The acts or omissions of the government or private developers, builders and neighboring property owners may give rise to liability for your property damage due to landslides, flooding or earth movement.

The state and local governments, property developers, contractors or subcontractors may be held liable for damages resulting from:

  • Landslides
  • Flooding
  • Mudslides
  • Earth movement
  • Other events causing damage to real property

Construction Defects

Developers, architects, builders and all subcontractors for construction projects in California are expected to perform their works of construction according to the design specifications and building code requirements. Property owners have the right to seek compensation for damages resulting from construction defects such as inadequate plans or design, improper site improvements, substandard materials or poor workmanship.

Builders and subcontractors may be liable for damages for defects resulting from:

  • Inadequate plans or design
  • Building code violations
  • Defective or substandard building materials
  • Water damage

“Construction defects and insufficient or negligent site preparation litigation is one of the most complex areas of the law. In many cases, there may be several parties who can be held responsible for compensating the property owner. I work with a network of independent professionals to investigate and prepare the strongest, clearest case possible to win in court.” Attorney Joseph Liebman

Experienced Southern California Construction Defect Attorney

You have the right to protect your property rights and financial interests. If you are a property owner in Southern or Central Coast California, the Law Offices of Joseph Liebman is here to help. Attorney Joseph Liebman has more than 30 years of litigation experience in the area of lawsuits involving construction defects. He works directly with our clients throughout the case.

From offices in Santa Barbara, our firm provides litigation services for clients throughout Southern California and the Central Coast region. Call 805-448-5656 or contact us by email to arrange a no-cost consultation with Santa Barbara landslide damage attorney Joseph Liebman today.

Free Consultation | Contingency Fees | 30 Years Of Litigation Experience

Our office hours in Santa Barbara are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and evening and weekend appointments may be available by special arrangement. Mr. Liebman offers a free consultation to evaluate your case and explain possible legal options. We work both on an hourly fee or a contingency fee basis depending on the case. If we represent you on a contingency fee basis, you will pay no lawyer fees unless we recover monetary damages in a negotiated settlement or by court award, if a trial becomes necessary.

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