The Woolsey Fire Attorneys and Legal Team
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Our lawyers were the first to file a lawsuit against SCE to hold them accountable for the Woolsey Fire. From our Westlake Village office, we provide a client focused approach to litigation, where we assist you with each step of the settlement process. With four firms, composed of top-notch litigators, experienced paralegals and support staff, we can provide you with the highest level of legal representation. As shown below, our attorneys are some of the most respected and accomplished lawyers in their fields.
Alex specializes in commercial construction, multi-party construction defect, environmental, and real estate litigation. In his 30 years as a trial lawyer, he has recovered more than $351,000,000 for clients, which have included many celebrities and professional athletes, including: Erin Brockovich, Ed McMahon, Ted Nugent, and Vin Sully. Mr. Robertson also has extensive experience representing developers, HOA’s, high-rise hotels, gaming resorts, and engineers.
In the CityCenter litigation, Alex served as the lead trial counsel representing a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World, a subsidiary of Dubai World, in the largest construction case ever tried in Nevada. The case involved defects arising from the construction of the $9B CityCenter project in Las Vegas, which is the largest privately-funded construction project in U.S. history. After seven weeks of jury selection, the parties announced a global settlement (of around $195 million dollars) on the day of opening statements.
Alex has also served as lead or co-lead counsel in Multi-District Litigation (MDL) class actions and mass torts across the country, including In Re Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Flooring Durability Marketing And Sales Practices Litigation (E.D. Vir.), Smith Floor & Decor Outlets of America, Inc. (N.D.GA), In Re FieldTurf Artificial Turf Marketing And Sales Practices Litigation (Plaintiffs' Steering Comittee), and Southern California Fire Cases, JCCP No. 4965 (Plaintiff's Executive Committee).
Of importance for our clients, before becoming an attorney, Alex worked for a utility contractor putting lines underground for Southern California Edison. He moved up the ranks from foreman to superintendent to estimator and then general manager of a large utility construction company. His previous work experience provides him with a powerful perspective in understanding Southern California Edison’s operations and liability in fires involving them. He was the first to sue Southern California Edison for damages suffered in the 2017 Thomas Fire and the first to sue on behalf Woolsey Fire survivors. A long-time resident of Ventura County, Alex volunteers as an emergency medical technician and assisted the community during the Woolsey Fire itself, directing resources and providing emergency aid. The Woolsey Fire was personal for Alex, who used 500 feet of his own fire hose to save his neighbor’s home during the fire. Below are photos taken by neighbors of Alex fighting the fire in his neighborhood in Simi Valley on Friday, November 9, 2018.
Alex was also selected by Judge Highberger to be co-lead counsel for the Woolsey Fire case. Alex is in charge of coordinating the various firms, and parties, and determining the best strategy to prosecute and ultimately resolve these cases.
Peter is the founder and managing partner of one of Santa Barbara’s most prestigious law firms, Foley, Bezek, Behle, & Curtis, LLP. Peter has over 33 years of jury trial experience in Federal and State Courts throughout the country.
Peter focuses on jury trials involving complex business litigation, lender liability cases, class actions, intellectual property litigation, and Internet/e-commerce litigation. He has been lead or co-lead counsel in actions successfully litigated against some of the country’s largest companies, including Verizon (formerly GTE), Verizon Wireless, AT&T, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, Bank of America, Fidelity Title Insurance, Chicago Title, Great Western Bank, Bank of the West, Union Bank, East West Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, to name a few. He has obtained verdicts, settlements, and workouts worth in excess of $1.0 billion.
Peter's trial experience and understanding of the inner workings of some of America’s largest corporations is invaluable to our clients.
Robert is an excellent communicator and litigator with over 18 years of experience. Robert practice focuses on complex business litigation, lender liability, class actions, real estate, and agricultural litigation. He, in conjunction with other partners at Foley Bezek, have litigated cases which have resulted in over $350 million in settlements and verdicts against some of the biggest companies in the country. Among his settlements are multi-million dollar successes against East West Bank, AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, T-Mobile, Citibank and Bank of the West.
A trial lawyer Robert has several seven and eight figure trial verdicts. For example, in 2014, Robert was lead trial counsel for the plaintiff and obtained a $38.9 million jury verdict in a 7-week lender liability trial in Lose Angeles Superior Court against East West Bank. The verdict was the 12 largest verdict in California and the 54th highest largest verdict in the United States for 2014.
Joe is one of Santa Barbara's most respected real estate lawyers. With over 30 years of experience, Joe's practice primarily focuses on homeowners whose properties have been damaged in landslides or harmed by governmental and regulatory takings. His expertise in inverse condemnation, a legal theory under which Southern California Edison is strictly liable certain for certain damages, makes him an incredible resource for our clients.
Joe is also an experienced trial lawyer (with over 100 trials) and several seven and eight figure trial verdicts and judgments.
Joe was selected to serve on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in both the Thomas and Woolsey Fire cases.
Geoff brings over a decade of wildfire litigation experience to the team, with tens of millions of dollars in recovery for his clients.
He began his wildfire career in the 2007 San Diego Wildfire Cases (trial team and discovery coordinator), where he was involved in the resolution of over 300 cases, and the recovery of $55 million dollars. As a member of the discovery team, Geoff was tasked with taking the depositions of 10 of Sempra Energy and SDG&E's corporate officers, including Sempra's CEO, CFO, and Director of Corporate Strategy. Geoff has litigated or is prosecuting the following fire cases: 2011 Coughlin Ranch Fire (co-lead counsel), 2013 Pfeiffer Fire, 2015 Butte Fire, 2016 Erskine Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires, 2017 Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides, 2018 Roadrunner Fire, 2018 Woolsey Fire, and 2019 Sandalwood Fire.
Besides wildfire litigation, Geoff has a strong background in mass tort, consumer fraud, and antitrust. Cases he has worked on have resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for consumers who were victims of false advertising, unfair business practices, and price-fixing conspiracies. He has also tried and arbitrated matters involving breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and business formations.
An expert in wildfire litigation, Geoff is great at explaining complex legal issues to our clients in a way they understand.
Ben began his career in wildfire cases during the 2007 San Diego Wildfire. After working on this case, Ben shifted his practice to focus on insurance defense matters. Bent;s time working with insurance companies gives Ben a unique perspective on how insurance companies value and resolve claims. Ben also has substantial experience in real estate litigation and has tried cases involving various real estate disputes, as well as resolved hundreds of cases.
Ben is currently prosecuting the following wildfire cases: 2016 Erskine Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires, 2017 Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides, 2018 Roadrunner Fire, 2018 Woolsey Fire, and 2019 Sandalwood Fire.