Informational Community Meeting for Thomas Fire & Montecito Mudslide Victims

LOS ANGELES--()--The law firms of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have partnered with respected Santa Barbara law firm, Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP to host a free, informational community meeting and workshop for those affected by the Thomas Fire and subsequent Montecito Mudslides in Santa Barbara County.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:30-8:30 PM

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

David Grokenberger, attorney for Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, and his family are longtime residents of Montecito and were lucky to escape the total destruction of their home at 321 Hot Springs Road. David will share his first-hand experience of the disaster and in dealing with his insurance carrier, State Farm.

“Our goal is to initiate a dialogue that is comfortable and without commitment so that informed decisions can be made,” Mr. Grokenberger said of the meeting.

Joining our insurance and legal experts will be Santa Barbara realtor Nancy Hamilton with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and local builder Darrell Becker with Becker Studios, who will address the topics of rehousing and rebuilding, respectively. Additional topics will include but are not limited to:

  • Evacuation and Displacement
  • How to remediate environmental hazards
  • FEMA – applications for disaster assistance
  • Insurance issues – how and when to make a claim
  • What to do if you are uninsured or underinsured
  • What to do about your mortgage
  • How to address your property tax
  • Potential claims against Southern California Edison and/or other third parties

The Informational Community Meeting & Workshop for Thomas Fire & Montecito Mudslide victims is a free event and open to all members of the public. Seating may be reserved at Eventbrite.

The firms of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have extensive experience in litigation against utility companies and, together, have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for fire victims. Members of this consortium have led the charge for victims impacted by the 2010 San Bruno Gas Explosion, the 2015 Butte Fire in Amador County, and represent hundreds of victims of the 2017 North Bay Fires who have suffered total property loss or the loss of a loved one.

The cause of the Thomas Fire is still being investigated. If you were impacted and have questions about your legal options, please call us at (877) 497-3549. Additional information can be found at our website

About Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents plaintiffs in wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, property loss, product liability, mass torts and business litigation cases. Firm attorneys have dedicated themselves to obtaining justice for clients who are often dealing with a life-altering injury, death of a family member or other challenges caused by the wrongful act of another. The firm has obtained some of the most significant verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs including the largest personal injury verdict in United States history ($4.9 billion) and is consistently ranked among the best plaintiff's law firms in the country, including by U.S. News & World Report, where it has been recognized as a Tier One law firm in the areas of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation and Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation, as well as by the National Law Journal which has named the firm in its list of Elite Trial Lawyers.

About Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy only represents people or entities in cases involving just principles or causes. The key to the firm's success is its experienced attorneys and staff and their innovative approach to litigating complex matters in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Firm attorneys consistently tackles this problem head-on with its teamwork approach to obtaining fair and reasonable resolutions. The firm is also known for the breadth of its practice and the diversity of its clients: CPM attorneys are experienced in personal injury, consumer class actions, state and federal false claims matters, antitrust law, securities actions, and employment law among other practice areas.

About Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

As one of the premier personal injury firms in the United States, attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have successfully represented injured people in both state and federal courts, before arbitration hearing boards and in mediation and settlement conferences. For nearly six decades, we have helped establish new law and used personal injury litigation to compel corporations to produce safer products. As leaders in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, our attorneys have helped shape personal injury law, while securing millions of dollars in financial compensation for injured clients.

About Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP, has provided sophisticated advice in civil litigation, personal injury, real estate, business, tax and estate planning to Central Coast businesses and individuals since 1973.


Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Angela Bailey, 909-286-4040

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The Informational Community Meeting is intended to serve as a resource for Thomas Fire and mudslide victims seeking guidance on their road to recovery

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Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Angela Bailey, 909-286-4040