California utility companies have a long history of causing wildfires due to inadequate maintenance of power lines and the surrounding vegetation.  Far too many California residents have found themselves victim to the total devastation a wildfire can cause, including complete loss of your home, everything you own, and even seriously bodily injury and death.  Our seasoned wildfire attorneys are here to fight for you to prove the utility is responsible and to establish the full value of the losses that you are entitled to recover.


Many fire victims find themselves without insurance to cover losses from a wildfire.  Minimal governmental assistance will not come close to covering what you need to rebuild and regain your life before the fire took it away.  We will work hard with experienced experts in reconstruction and rebuild costs, tree valuation, personal property valuation, economic income losses, among others to make sure you are reimbursed for the total value of your compensable damages.


Even if you have insurance, you may be underinsured for certain losses or your insurance company may deny the full value you are entitled to recover.  Insurance companies tend to undervalue property, wrongfully deny claims, delay compensation, and more.  We are here to fill in those gaps and ensure that the utility company responsible for causing the fire pay the difference.  Insurance companies also do not provide reimbursement for the emotional losses you suffered, including the intense fear of being within the Zone of Danger or the Annoyance and Discomfort you have experienced from being displaced from your home. Indeed, in some cases these emotional losses represent some of the most important areas of damage we will seek recovery for.  We are dedicated to ensuring that those responsible for causing the fire fully compensate you for the losses that you suffered.


Call (530) 358-8810 or email fire@ertriallawyers.com today for a free consultation to learn what we can recover for you.


List of Representative Fire Cases

Our attorneys have facilitated hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for fire victims harmed by the major utility-caused wildfires since 2015.

  • 2015 Butte Fire against PG&E (Butte County)

  • 2017 Tubbs Fire against PG&E (Sonoma County)

  • 2017 Redwood Valley Fire against PG&E (Mendocino County)

  • 2017 Sulphur Fire against PG&E (Lake County)

  • 2017/2018 Thomas Fire & Mudslides against SCE (Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties)

  • 2018 Woolsey Fire against SCE (Ventura and Los Angeles Counties)

  • 2018 Camp Fire against PG&E (Butte County)



Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving, Uber accidents, Lyft accidents, and bus accidents.




Slip and fall, trip and fall, dangerous conditions, dog bites, burn injuries, and construction site accidents.



Defects in the design, manufacturing or marketing of products result in thousands of injuries and deaths each year, including defective seatbelts, air bags, tires, and mechanical equipment

An amputation of a hand, arm, foot or leg can be the tragic result of an accident caused by another party's negligence. This can be due to a motor vehicle accident, defective product, workplace accident or dangerous machinery.

A wrongful death occurs when someone’s life is lost through the negligence or fault of somebody else. While this subject is broad, most wrongful death cases occur by way of car accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice. Because a wrongful death can be the fault of multiple parties, this may include the malfeasance of individuals, companies, or governmental agencies.

If you believe you were terminated because of your race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, or genetic information, you would be well-advised to speak with an employment lawyer right away. There are time limits on how long you can wait to bring a wrongful termination claim based on discrimination

As many as 1.4 million people in America will suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year. These types of brain injuries can arise from all types of incidents, ranging from slip and falls to car accidents to workplace accidents including NFL concussions. Unfortunately, brain injuries are not always evident, even to the victim. Some symptoms can be extremely subtle and difficult to diagnose. If you have suffered an injury to your head, in an accident of any type, you need a lawyer who understands the medical testing and assessments needed to evaluate this often undiagnosed condition.  


Car accidents and bicycle accidents are usually caused by driver recklessness or carelessness. However, sometimes they can be caused by poorly designed or hazardous roadways. This often makes the government entity that designed the roadway liable for any damages caused during an accident. Claims against large government entities are extremely complex, and should not be attempted without a highly skilled personal injury lawyer to advocate on your behalf.


Each year construction site accidents injure or kill thousands of construction workers. Workplace accidents are covered under workers' compensation benefits. However, if these accidents are due to the negligence or carelessness of a third party (for instance a different subcontractor on the same jobsite) that party can be held liable for damages that are not available in a worker's compensation claim.

When an accident occurs on a construction site the owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and manufacturers of equipment can be held responsible for their negligent actions. They can also be liable for the failure to act, take reasonable  safety measures or provide unsafe equipment (i.e. inadequate fall protection or defective forklifts, tractors, scaffolding or guardrails)


Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM) is insurance contained in your own auto policy that protects you from accidents involving drivers that don’t have insurance, or do not have enough. It also covers you when you are involved in a hit and run accident.



 Verdicts and Settlements during their careers include:

  • $6,100,000 Motorcycle v. Hole Created By City Of Los Angeles

  • $5,000,000 Wrongful Death

  • $4,000,000 Forklift Failure At Construction Site/Wrongful Death

  • $3,300,000 Auto v. Bicycle

  • $3,000,000 Truck v. Auto

  • $610,000 Bicycle v. Dangerous Condition of Roadway

  • $2,9000,000 Truck v. Truck

  • $2,860,000 Auto v. Motorcycle

  • $675,000 Truck v. Pedestrian

  • $1,250,000 Auto v. Auto

  • $1,000,000 Car v. Motorcycle

  • $1,100,000 Car v. Bicycle

  • $1,300,000 Slip and Fall

  • $6,000,000 Auto v. Truck

  • $750,000 Limo v. Bicycle

  • $1,200,000 Underinsured Motorist UM/UIM Settlement

  • $962,000 Birth Injury Case

  • $1,000,000 Exercise Equipment Failure

  • $1,100,000 Heavy Equipment Operator Burned After Gas line Explosion 

  • $700,000 Sexual Abuse By School Employee

  • $500,000 Unlicensed Contractor Fall From Ladder Breaks Leg

  • $1,000,000 Fall From Scaffolding Causes Worker To Suffer Traumatic Brain Injury

  • $1,950,000 Truck v. Truck

  • $1,100,000 Fire Caused By Defective Copier

  • $537,000 Underinsured Motorist UM/UIM Award

  • $1,825,000 Auto v. Auto

  • $700,000 Product Liability Case v. Auto Manufacturer

  • $1,000,000 - Burn Injury/Work Place Accident

  • $3,000,000 - Wrongful Death - Auto v. Truck

  • $1,000,000 - Work Site Accident 

  • Any statement, testimonial, or endorsement contained on this website does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the ultimate result or outcome of your own legal matter or case. Legal matters or case highlights portrayed in this website were dependent on the facts of that case, and results will differ if based on different facts.




Tobin D. Ellis focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death litigation, and a variety of other civil matters. He represents clients throughout the state who have been harmed by the negligence of others in motor vehicle collisions, construction site accidents, defective products, nursing home abuse, premises liability and medical malpractice. During his career, Mr. Ellis has also handled complex business litigation and insurance bad faith cases.

Mr. Ellis attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1996. He then pursued his legal studies at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1999. After graduation, Mr. Ellis joined a large firm, where he provided defense counsel to corporations, insurers and their clients who were being sued for negligence.

In 2004, he focused his practice and dedicated his energy to representing plaintiffs. The experience that he previously obtained has helped him to anticipate the types of defense strategies that he now faces. Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Ellis is also admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts in Northern Texas and New Mexico.  In 2007 he became a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Highly regarded by his peers, Mr. Ellis is frequently asked to speak to groups of fellow attorneys about developments in the ever changing law that affects the legal rights of Californians. He has been named a Super Lawyer, a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer, and has a rating of 10.0 on Avvo. He sits on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and previously did for the Consumer Attorneys of California


Santo Riccobono is a caring and dedicated advocate with proven experience in serious personal injury cases. Santo is truly committed to his clients, thriving on the fast paced, competitive world of litigation when it comes to pursuing the best outcomes for them. Santo strives to secure maximum compensation for clients in matters involving catastrophic personal injury litigation. He has experience in navigating wrongful death claims, traumatic brain injury cases, products liability suits, mass torts, and medical malpractice litigation.

Santo’s excellent reputation in the legal community is demonstrated by his designation as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation held by only 2.5% of California attorneys. He also holds a 10/10 rating from Avvo, an independent rating service for attorneys.

Santo is a leader in the trial bar as well. He is a co-founder of the Downtown Los Angeles Bar Association as well as a member of the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association.

Prior to representing plaintiffs exclusively, Santo worked at one of the largest defense firms in Southern California where he litigated a variety of cases including those involving toxic torts, catastrophic injury, general liability, and construction defect on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. While there, Santo was a mentor to younger associates and law clerks and was a member of the recruiting committee.

Santo has always been a competitor, starting from a young age as he studied Tang Soo Do, a Korean marital art. By age 17, he was the youngest master in the country! Santo was recruited to play football in college choosing to play at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s division I-AA program because of the school’s excellent academic reputation.

Courtney Vasquez is an accomplished litigator with 12 years of experience specializing in mass tort cases and consumer class actions.  For the past six years, Courtney has focused her practice on wildfire litigation going head-to-head with the most powerful utility companies in the State, including Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation (PG&E) and Southern California Edison Company (SCE).  Courtney has successfully facilitated hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for wildfire victims of the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 Tubbs Fire, 2017 Mendocino Complex Fire, 2017/2018 Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides, 2018 Woolsey Fire, and 2018 Camp Fire.  Courtney understands the overwhelming devastation wildfire victims suffer and knows what it takes to maximize recovery for fire victims.


Before representing California fire victims, Courtney spent the first six years of her career working at the top international defense firm, DLA Piper LLP (US).  At DLA Piper, she led the charge defending companies against some of the biggest mass tort, product liability, and consumer class actions across the country.  This included the deadly 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink Train Collision, DJO Global Cold Therapy product liability cases, Bayer Men’s One-A-Day false advertising class actions, and various smoking and health cases nationwide.  This experience gave Courtney invaluable insight into corporate defense strategy and provides her with a unique basis to build the strongest case for her clients who have been harmed.


Courtney graduated from the University of San Diego in 2006, cum laude, with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology.  She then attended law school at UC Davis School of Law – King Hall and earned her Juris Doctor in 2009. 


Courtney currently lives in Ventura, California, having moved to the area after becoming integrally involved with the Ventura and Santa Barbara communities when representing fire victims in the 2017/2018 Thomas Fire and Mudslide and 2018 Woolsey Fire cases. 

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