Market Overview

Brian Panish and Rahul Ravipudi of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Named Plaintiffs' Co-Lead Counsel in Thomas Fire Litigation


Panish Shea & Boyle LLP partners Brian Panish and Rahul Ravipudi have
been named Individual Plaintiffs' Co-Lead Counsel in the Southern
California Fires Cases litigation. The appointment was ordered following
a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 5 and signed on July 11
by the Honorable Daniel J. Buckley. Per the order, attorneys Panish and
Ravipudi will represent the interests of over 1,500 plaintiffs filing
lawsuits against Southern California Edison as a result of the 2017
Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flows in Montecito, California.

"We recognize that with this great honor comes an even greater
responsibility to ensure that the voices of the victims and survivors
are heard," says Brian Panish.

"Utility company negligence and its culture of putting profits over the
safety of people has destroyed thousands of lives and continues to put
the lives of all Californians at risk," adds Rahul Ravipudi. "We're
ready to get to work, holding those accountable for the catastrophic
losses of the victims and fighting proposed legislation that would allow
utilities companies to pass the cost of their negligence on to the

As Individual Plaintiffs' Co-Lead Counsel, attorneys Panish and Ravipudi
as well Robert Nelson and Lexi Hazam of Lieff Cabraser Heimann &
Bernstein, will be responsible for directing, coordinating and managing
the activities of Individual Plaintiffs during pretrial proceedings in
the complex litigation. Those duties include, but are not limited to,
the briefing, filing and arguing of motions, all discovery proceedings
including oral depositions and all aspects of the Class Litigation as
well as preparing and distributing periodic status reports to other
individual plaintiffs' counsel and managing the selection of all cases
for trial setting, in consultation with the Plaintiffs' Executive

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorney Lyssa Roberts has also been appointed
to serve as Individual Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel. Her responsibilities
include receiving and distributing orders, notices and correspondence
from the court to plaintiffs' counsel, as well as maintaining and making
available a complete set of all filed pleadings and orders filed and/or
served in the coordinated proceedings.

About Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents plaintiffs in wrongful death,
catastrophic personal injury, product liability, mass torts, and
business litigation cases. Firm attorneys are repeatedly recognized for
their excellence by other trial lawyers, legal organizations and
publications nationwide and 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 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.

View Comments and Join the Discussion!