Wildfires – A Discussion of Early Investigation Strategies and Resources


Wildfires continue to be national front-page news, be it the destruction caused by the fires themselves or the litigation that lasts for years after the fire has been suppressed. In the latest “Subro on the Go” podcast episode, hosts Joe Rich and David Brisco are joined by Howard Maycon, lead counsel for the subrogation industry in almost all of the major California wildfires, to discuss one aspect of wildfire cases – the early investigation stage. Part of the early investigation involves gathering all available data to aid in narrowing the general area of fire origin as part of the overall process in trying to determine its cause. This includes, for example, the significant amount of witness and social media photo and video data available and how the images themselves and corresponding metadata are utilized to help prove the cause of a wildfire.

About The Authors

Joseph (Joe) F. Rich is a member of the firm, where he practices in the firm's Subrogation & Recovery Department. Joe concentrates his practice in the areas of subrogation and recovery, insurance litigation and civil litigation arising out of a wide variety of property damage events, such as fires, mechanical system failures, sprinkler system failures, building collapses, product failures and defects, and roofing failures and deficiencies. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In addition, Joe is member of the bar of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and he has experience litigating subrogation and recovery matters for clients in the District of Puerto Rico.

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