I am accepting fire victim cases.  The Sonoma and Napa county fires have had a profound impact upon my mother who lives in Santa Rosa, my sister and her extended family who live in Sonoma, as well as several dear friends, colleagues and acquaintances.  The fires have affected so many people; it may be one of the biggest tragedies that I will ever witness.  My family stayed at my home during the evacuations, and every day was filled with tragic news from their friends and communities.

I feel compelled in these times to try to help and it appears that PG&E may be responsible for failure to maintain their equipment, which is required by law.  I have partnered with Top California Fire Attorneys in the state who were involved in the San Diego and San Bruno fires, and they are also prosecuting cases for fire victims in the Porter Ranch Explosion in Southern California where thousands of residents were displaced.

Our Top Fire Attorney Partners

James P. Frantz

Mr. Frantz is best known for his helping fire victims for the last 20 years.  A major player in the San Diego and San Bruno fires, amongst legal circles, Mr. Frantz is known as the “Fire Guy”.  His trial experience is vast, including litigating catastrophic injury claims, tractor-trailer collisions, amusement park accidents, products liability, motorcycle and automobile collisions, aviation accidents, fire and explosion related injury and wrongful death claims, mass transit accidents, construction accidents, industrial accidents, complex business disputes, class actions and mass torts. Mr. Frantz currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Porter Ranch Gas Leak litigation which is the largest mass tort litigation in U.S. history.

Mr. Frantz and co-counsel have achieved landmark court victories such as (1) a recent $55.4 million jury verdict awarded to the families of four marines who were killed as a result of the negligence of San Diego Gas & Electric Utility; (2) a professional negligence jury verdict of $223 million, which is the second largest jury verdict in San Diego County history; and (3) a class action verdict of $18 million*. Mr. Frantz’s expertise was sought by Congress where he was requested to testify as a product liability expert with respect to litigation against a product manufacturer in which he (along with co-counsel) recovered an $18.5 million verdict.

The San Diego Daily Transcript has honored Mr. Frantz as one of the Top 10 Attorneys. Mr. Frantz has been nominated for Top Attorneys in the insurance and personal injury category 2010 – 2015. Mr. Frantz has been honored as a Super Lawyer for eight consecutive years, 2008-2015, and has been honored in the Best Lawyers of America for 6 years.

See him in being interviewed in 2007 regarding the San Diego fires.

Patrick McNicholas

With more than 25 years’ experience as a trial lawyer, Partner Patrick McNicholas exclusively represents victims in catastrophic injury, product liability, sexual assault and other consumer-oriented matters, such as civil rights and aviation disasters.  His firm was started by his father in 1963 and they are a preeminent California Law Firm.  Besides being committed to helping fire victims in Northern California, they are currently involved and represent clients in Porter Ranch Explosion Case in Southern California.

Mr. McNicholas has tried and settled numerous noteworthy cases, including a $44 million settlement for air crash victims, a $10.8 million jury verdict awarded to a minor molested by a school teacher, a $10 million jury verdict to a construction worker who suffered a compound femur fracture, a $6 million settlement on behalf of a family for the death of their father while working in an MTA tunnel, and many more.

Mr. McNicholas has authored a multitude of articles on various topics from the “Effective Use of Your Expert Witnesses” to “Preparing an Employment Case for Trial.” He serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Compass, an organization he co-founded that works tirelessly to provide a continuum of stability and support through education for kids living in the inner city.