Rebuilding Starts with Understanding – Let Robins Cloud Guide You
Experienced fire lawyers with a proven track record of success in recovering money for wildfire victims
Legal Action Against Those Responsible for the Maui Fires
If you or a loved one was affected by the Maui fires, you may be entitled to legal compensation to help you rebuild and recover.
Whether you rent or own your property, whether you were insured or not, you are still likely entitled to recover monies for your losses.
Our fire attorneys specialize in the unique challenges of the Maui fires, with years of experience in successfully recovering compensation for fire victims from power companies and other responsible parties. We understand the profound impact of the Maui fires, and we know how to help you obtain the best results for your case.
We can help explain your potential legal options for recovering funds for you if you experienced any of the following:
- Personal injury
- Death of a family member
- Damaged or destroyed homes or other structures
- Damaged or destroyed personal property such as furniture, tools, equipment, and other belongings
- Damaged or destroyed trees, vegetation, and/or landscaping
- Erosion and/or debris flows following the fires
- Business losses
- Agricultural/ranch losses
- Expenses related to evacuation and clean-up
- Emotional distress and mental anguish stemming from your experience during and after the fires.
Proven Success: Our Case Results
Our track record speaks for itself. With a relentless pursuit of justice and a commitment to our clients, we've secured favorable outcomes in complex wildfire litigation cases. Explore our case results below to see how our expertise and dedication have made a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.
Award For 2 Burn Victims
2 CA fire victims suffered third-degree burns while trying to evacuate their home in a utility-caused wildfire
Award For Damage To Home & Landscaping
High-end home and surrounding land in CA sustained fire-damage in utility-caused wildfire
Award For Tree Loss/Damage
CA private property owner
Award For Home Loss
CA Private Property Owner Who Lost 2 Homes
Prior results do not guarantee or warranty similar future results. Outcomes depend on the unique law and facts of each case.
MAKE A LIST OF CONTENTS
After a fire, it's important to make a list of all the contents that were in your house. Attorney Robins tells us how to do that.
WE’RE HERE TO FIGHT FOR THE FAMILIES WHO LOST EVERYTHING
The devastation wrought by the Maui fires is more than just material loss; it's the loss of security, memories, and the very foundation of many families' lives. At Robins Cloud, we recognize the profound impact of losing everything, and we're committed to standing up for those families. Our experienced fire attorneys are not just here to seek legal compensation; they're here to fight for justice, for rebuilding, and for the hope that even in the face of such overwhelming loss, recovery is possible. With compassion, determination, and a relentless pursuit of accountability, we're here to ensure that those responsible are held to answer, and that the families affected by the Maui fires are supported every step of the way on the road to recovery.
Meet Our Wildfire Litigation Team
Our attorneys are more than just legal professionals; they are passionate advocates dedicated to rebuilding lives affected by wildfires. With decades of combined experience in wildfire litigation, our team possesses the knowledge, skill, and determination to navigate the complex legal landscape and secure the compensation you deserve. Each attorney brings a unique perspective and specialized expertise, ensuring a comprehensive approach tailored to your individual needs. From the initial consultation to the final resolution, our attorneys are committed to guiding you every step of the way, providing personalized support and relentless representation. Explore the profiles below to learn more about the exceptional individuals who will be fighting for your rights and recovery.
20 Years Experience Litigating Fire Cases
21Years Experience Litigating Fire Cases
9 Years Experience Litigating Fire Cases
Why Choose Robins Cloud for Your Fire Litigation Needs?
Decades of Fire Litigation Experience
Your Partner in Recovery
Who We Are
When you or a loved one has suffered severe injury or loss caused by a wildfire, it can significantly change your life and the lives of those around you financially, emotionally, and physically. Robins Cloud LLP has represented thousands of clients in this situation, so we understand what you are going through. We recognize you need compassionate care as well as zealous legal advocacy to help you move forward in your life forward. We provide vigorous, effective and compassionate representation for victims of personal injury, wrongful death, and property damages across the nation. Robins Cloud LLP has a team of highly skilled legal professionals who are committed to assisting clients recover from their losses. We have the track record, credentials, experience, and resources required to pursue maximum compensation via settlement or jury verdict. We genuinely care about serving our clients’ best interests and will do what is necessary to help them achieve a victory.
We have chosen to co-counsel with the Hawaii law firm, Horovitz Tilley LLLC, based on Maui to provide zealous legal representation to the victims of the 2023 Maui wildfires. Horovitz Tilley has a long history of serving the Maui community, having represented Maui businesses and homeowners for the past 30 years. Together, we provide the experienced legal acumen, guidance, and knowledge needed to get the compensation you deserve and hold those who caused the deadliest fires in modern American history accountable.
Our Attorneys Stand Apart from the Rest
We Guide. You Direct. We Take Action.
When you come to our law firm to handle your wildfire case, we will start by listening to you. After we have learned about your story, we will explain the benefits of each option available to you. Then, no matter what you choose, we are here to guide you to your case’s resolution.
We Are Committed to Getting Results
Our lawyers have the confidence and have formulated the aggressive approach required when staring down major corporations and high-powered legal teams in the courtroom. We put our experience and knowledge to work for you, including our substantial network of resources. This strategy has proven effective: our track record confirms it.
Big Firm Resources with a Small Firm Touch
Our firm’s philosophy is simple: We strive to do what is right for you. We work hard toward the results you want. We have no agenda of our own, no interest in forcing you to accept an unfair settlement for a quick resolution, and no interest in going to trial unnecessarily to demonstrate our skills.
MAUI FIRE FAQ
When someone has been damaged by a fire, there are many kinds of damages for which they can make a claim, including those listed below. However, every case is different, and this list is not exhaustive. A comprehensive case review is needed to determine all of your losses to ensure no money is left on the table for your case.
- Homes and other structures such as sheds, barns, corrals, fencing, etc.
- Personal property/contents such as furniture, clothing, collections, equipment, tools, vehicles, and other belongings.
- Trees, vegetation, and landscaping.
- Erosion damage
Evacuation and Alternative Living Expenses
- Hotel/food/gas during evacuation.
- Rent and additional costs incurred during displacement.
Loss of Use
- The market rental rate of your property while you were unable to occupy your residence.
- Personal income (wages and other income, including loss of sick and vacation days).
- Business income/Lost profits.
- Bodily injury.
- Respiratory injury.
- Stress-related physical occurrences (stroke, heart attack, etc.).
- Exacerbation of illness (asthma, COPD, etc.).
- Fear for safety of yourself and others.
- Mental anguish, inconvenience, disturbance, and annoyance.
Insurance does not cover all losses for three main reasons:
- Most people are under-insured. Almost everyone is under-insured to some extent. Most often, this is only discovered following a disaster when the insured learns their policy proceeds will not allow them to rebuild what they had.
- Property is depreciated by the insurance company, often resulting in a payout that does not fully compensate the insured.
- Many categories of damages are outside the scope of insurable losses completely (emotional damages, erosion, or lost income).
The vast majority of Robins Cloud’s wildfire clients are insured, and we have successfully recovered money for them to compensate them for their un- and under-insured losses, including compensation stemming from the stress, mental anguish, and inconvenience of losing property and being displaced.
Yes. Renters, uninsured property owners, and other occupants who did not have insurance at the time of the fire for their losses are still entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Most of our clients have never been involved in any type of litigation prior to their fire cases. They did not ask to be harmed by a fire and had no role in the negligent actions and decisions made by the utility company who caused the fire.
To receive fair compensation for your losses, you will need an attorney to help navigate through the litigation process. Corporations have deep pockets to hire attorneys to evade liability for their negligence and to minimize payouts to settle claims. Robins Cloud has decades of experience successfully fighting utility companies and holding them accountable for their negligence in starting wildfires. We have a stable of experts in electrical engineering, metallurgy, cause and origin determination, fire progression, tree valuation, erosion, rebuilding, and other areas to establish liability and maximize the amount you are able to recover.
In addition, we are familiar with many of the challenges facing fire victims on their road to recovery and are often a good resource of advice for non-litigation issues as well. We strive to provide an excellent client experience.
Our firm does not litigate fire cases based on a class action model and would not recommend such a model for any fire victim for several reasons:
- Class Actions mean lower settlement recoveries. Class action models do not maximize case value and do not account for the unique losses of each case. While the cause of fire victims’ losses is the same (the fire), everyone experiences different and varying types of losses. Maximizing the value of each case’s losses is costly and time-consuming for law firms but is critically important to yield as high a recovery as possible. Class action models homogenize losses across similarly situated plaintiffs and generalize their recovery instead of determining the highest value for each unique case and seeking top dollar.
- Class Actions mean less control over your case. In a class action, a class representative is appointed to make decisions on behalf of everyone in the class, including decisions about settlement, thereby depriving individuals of their ability to control their own case. In a mass tort model, each case is separate and independent from every other case. As a result, individuals are in the driver’s seat of their cases and get to make the critical decisions such as whether or not to settle and in what amount to settle
No. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we front all costs of litigation, such as filing fees, expert costs, etc. Ultimately, these costs would be deducted from any settlement recovery. However, if we are not able to recover for you or the amount we recover is less than the costs we expended, you will not be obligated to pay for those costs. We feel strongly we will be successful in this litigation and believe the risk is worthwhile.
As with anything in life, there are no guarantees. Litigation is often unpredictable for a myriad of reasons. With that said, historically speaking, utility-caused wildfire cases typically resolve within 2-4 years with some exceptions.
As a threshold matter, we must prove liability against the defendant. While this is an incredibly large undertaking, it is accomplished by the work of attorneys and experts. When and if we overcome that hurdle, the next step is proving your individual losses. However, typically, this is done within the context of informal resolution and outside of any courthouse. The likelihood of you needing to appear in court or sit for a deposition is extremely remote.
We understand you are likely dealing with many new and time-consuming tasks and issues to recover from the fire. We work hard to minimize the time and effort our clients need to put into their case by streamlining our process in determining and proving your losses. For most of our clients, the most burdensome task is creating a personal property inventory (if personal property was lost), gathering documents and photos, and providing responses during discovery. To limit this work, we strive to obtain as much information we can during an initial ‘damages interview’ with our clients, which informs us of your loss types, what experts are needed, and what documents we will need to prove-up your claim. We then provide you with a ‘punch list’ of what we need from you. Because we have years of experience, we are often able to marshal all that is needed in the early days of the case.
We prefer to prepare your loss valuations as early as possible so that when and if we reach trial or some informal resolution protocol, we are ready to go and obtain compensation for you as quickly as possible. However, we know your time is precious and can work around your calendar demands as much as possible.