Fire Litigation

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack is California’s premier fire litigation firm.

Our practice has approximately 20 lawyers devoted to representing consumers and consumer organizations (such as Homeowner’s Associations) against utilities, insurance companies, and other large tortfeasors. We have been in business for more than 40 years and have an excellent reputation that is well known to our opponents. Throughout that time, we have helped clients  all over California recover more than two billion dollars from utilities and other entities responsible for fire losses.

ELL takes client service seriously. We recognize that our clients are going through one of the worst experiences of their lives, so our primary focus is seeing to our clients’ needs and concerns, followed by documenting their damages with empathy and speed, before moving on to hold those who caused the damage responsible.

We do not charge any fees up front. We work on a contingency fee basis and we generally advance all costs necessary to prosecute the case. If there is no recovery, our clients owe us nothing for our time, fees, or costs advanced. We are often hired to represent not just individual homeowners, but also entire communities affected by a fire. This allows us to take advantage of economies of scale and save money by having tasks involving both larger groups, like a Homeowner’s Association, and individual families done at the same time.

In 2014, the team recovered for more than 200 individuals against Southern California Edison for the Sayre Fire. The media identified Sayre as the largest loss of homes in Los Angeles historyEngstrom, Lipscomb & Lack was the only firm to recover for individuals in the Sayre Fire.

Currently, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack is liaison council for the Round Fire which took place in Bishop, CA. We are also on the Plaintiff’s steering committee for the Butte Fire litigation. The Butte Fire damaged over 800 structures and was ranked the 7th most destructive fire in California history.

We handle Fire litigation cases on a contingency basis and offer free consultations.

Our Past Cases:

  • BERNARDO FIRE

    San Diego County

  • BUTTE FIRE

    Calaveras County

  • CEDAR FIRE

    San Diego County

  • COLBY FIRE

    Los Angeles County

  • GRASS VALLEY FIRE

    San Bernardino County

  • GUEJITO FIRE

    San Diego County

  • JESUSITA FIRE

    Santa Barbara County

  • RICE FIRE

    San Diego County

  • ROSSLYN FIRE

    Los Angeles County

  • ROUND FIRE

    Inyo County

  • SAYRE FIRE

    Los Angeles County

  • SESNON FIRE

    Los Angeles County

  • YORBA LINDA FIRE

    Orange County

  • WITCH FIRE

    San Diego County

Our Resources Include:

  • Fire Investigators

  • Fire Attorneys

  • Fire Restoration Specialists

  • General Contractors

  • Land Damage Specialists

  • Erosion Contractors

  • Arborists

  • Public Insurance Adjusters

  • Personal Property Specialists

  • Drone Pilots

We have decades of Experience litigating against utilities in California

Wildfire Litigation

ELL has represented wronged landowners in most of the major wildfire cases litigated in California over the last decade, including:

  • RE 2007 WILDFIRE LITIGATION, SDSC Lead Case Nos. CPU-PO-CTL 200800093082 (Witch Creek/Guejito) and CPU-PO-CTL2008-00093083 (Rice);
  • GRASS VALLEY FIRE: Carlson, et al. v. Southern California Edison Company, et al., San Bernardino County Superior Court Case No. CIVSS811370;
  • RE MALIBU FIRE CASES, LASC Lead Case No. BC387697
  • JESUSITA FIRE Cannell v. Stihl Inc.et. al. SBSC Case No. 1380744
  • SAYRE FIRE CASES, LASC Lead Case No. BC457025
  • RE SESNON FIRE CASES, LASC Lead Case No. BC442504
  • RE BERNARDO Fireman Diego Superior Court, 37-2014-00042641-CU-PO-CTL
  • RE BUTTE FIRE CASES, JCCP No. 4853; ROSSYLN FIRE CASES, LASC BC 623378
  • RE ROUND FIRE LITIGATION, LASC Lead Case No. BC5858.

Litigation Against Utility Companies (Non-Wildfire Mass Tort and Class Action)

  • Anderson v. PG&E, No. BC 123749 (LASC): ELL represented, as co-lead counsel, 650 plaintiffs in personal injury case against Pacific Gas & Electric (“PG&E”) for toxic pollution from hexavalent chromium, which contaminated the groundwater of the small town of Hinkley, California. This case was the subject of the hit movie “Erin Brockovich”, starring Julia Roberts. The case was ultimately resolved for $333,000,000.00 after ten months of combined trials.