Each participant will receive a conference Syllabus which contains pertinent reference material, exhibits and an attendee directory.
Bill Adams James A. Floros Roger Rider
David Bona Susan French Lynde Selden III
William Briggs Randy Gimple Craig Simon
Shawn Caine Chris Hamilton Honorable Scott Snowden
Brian Cardoza John A. Harris Frank Steele
Alan Carlson Robert Helmer Paul Steensland
Dr. Janice Coen Wesley Higbie David Stivers
Tony Correia Garry Hubert Robert Toth
Christopher Curtis Alan Jang  
Michael Denney Christine Lee  
Dr. Carlos Fernandez-Pello, Ph.D. Jim Lloyd  
Dr. Chris Dicus Jan Null  
Jerome Fishkin Michael J. ONeil  
Bill Adams is a Deputy County Counsel for the Sonoma County Counsel's Office. A graduate of the University of Oregon of Law environmental law program and past president of the Sonoma County Bar Association, Bill is the lead land use litigator for Sonoma County regarding eminent domain, contract, and environmental damages, including fire. Bill has also been specially retained by Caltrans as local counsel for right of way acquisition and coordination of mitigation banks. He and Ken Roye were co-counsel for the Sonoma County Open Space District concerning conservation easement damage claims against Calpine arising from the 2004 Geysers Fire.
David Bona is a partner at Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP, a law firm with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. David is an experienced trial attorney who has devoted the majority of his career to defending his clients in high-exposure, complex litigation, including cases involving wildland fire, such as the Copper Canyon Fire of 2002, Freds Fire of 2004, and the Santa Catalina Island Fire, Guejito Fire and Rice Fire in 2007. David obtained his Bachelor's of Science degree from University of Utah and his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of California and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California and is the author of "Reliability and Relevance of Expert Testimony in Federal Court.
William Briggs is a civil attorney practicing in Sacramento.
Shawn Caine is a lawyer and represents individuals, businesses, ranching operations and national insurance companies in complex litigation and transactions. His firm is experienced in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and is recognized in particular for catastrophic wildland fire litigation tracing back to 1993.

He prosecuted his first wildland fire case in 1996 against SDG&E for causing the Guejito Fire of 1993. He has obtained many multimillion dollar wildland fire recoveries from various California Public Utility Companies, Irrigation Districts and Governmental Agencies. Most recently, he served as Co-Liaison Counsel for the Insurers in the 2007 San Diego County wildland fire cases and obtained a substantial settlement with the United States of America arising from the Pines Fire litigation.
Brian A. Cardoza is a Senior Attorney in the Claims Litigation Section of the Southern California Edison Company (“SCE”) Law Department. Brian has represented SCE in all manner of litigation both as a prosecuting and defending attorney, including but not limited to: personal injury, electrocution and death cases, construction design and defect, commercial disputes, inverse condemnation, eminent domain and wildfire related litigation. Brian also cross-trained in SCE’s Qualified Facilities Section for two years. He has tried numerous cases to verdict throughout SCE’s service territory.

Brian is currently a member of the SCE Wildfire Taskforce Committee charged with creating solutions to the myriad of wildfire related issues impacting the company. He currently represents SCE as lead counsel on the Malibu Fire OII, Nightsky Wildfire and Catalina Fire cases.

Brian has served SCE’s Law Department as past Chairman of the Training and Education Committee and member of the Outside Counsel Committee, Offsite Committee and Pro Bono Committee. Brian was also on the Law Department Taskforce created to adopt standards for department work product.

Prior to joining SCE, Brian worked for a national law firm representing clients in product liability matters. He received an undergraduate degree in History (ancient civilizations) from U.C. Berkeley and spent a year abroad at the American University, Cairo, Egypt. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, and later served as Vice President of the Alumni Associations. He currently is a board member and past president of VIP Mentors, a non-profit organization providing mentoring services for parolees and youth offenders.
Alan Carlson has 39 years of firefighting and fire investigation experience with the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire, retiring as the Deputy Chief for Fire Prevention for the Northern Region of Cal Fire in 2010. He has investigated over 1,000 fires, was a member and chair of the NWCG Wildfire Investigation Working Team, and has taught numerous wildland fire investigation classes nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 30 complex wildland fire investigation/law enforcement team assignments and has testified in court as an expert witness in both civil and criminal fire cases relating to origin and cause, investigation methodology, as well as serial wildland arson analysis. Alan Carlson currently works as a private consultant for government and non-government parties concerning wildland fire litigation issues.
Dr. Janice Coen is a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. She studies fire behavior and its interaction with weather using coupled weather-fire computer simulation models and by analyzing infrared imagery of wildfires and prescribed fires. She received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Grove City College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire and is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Wildland Fire.
Tony Correia is widely recognized as a leading authority on the valuation of vineyards and wineries. He holds the professional designations of Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) and Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). He is the former president of Correia - Xavier, Inc., and is an instructor of valuation courses and seminars throughout the nation and Mexico, and is also a frequent public speaker on agricultural, appraisal, taxation, estate planning issues, water rights, and the vineyard and wine industries. Tony is also qualified as an Expert Witness in many local and Federal courts in California, Arizona and Nevada.

After undergraduate work at Saint Mary’s College of California and Syracuse University, Tony graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a major and post-graduate work in English and a second major in Russian. Prior pursuits include former lives as a grape grower, partner in a large commercial real estate brokerage, various government positions, including a tour as an IRS examiner, and as a military intelligence analyst, cryptologist, and linguist. He now lives in Sonoma, with his wife Stephanie, and enjoys travel, great literature and music, fast cars, slow cooking, gardening, the study of wine, and the pursuit of knowledge.
Christopher Curtis is a Professional Land Surveyor and President of CBC Surveys in Sacramento, California. A graduate of Fresno State University with a BS in Geomatics Engineering, Christopher has been retained to provide professional surveying, LiDAR, photogrammetry, mapping, expert witness, and litigative consultation services on numerous wildland fire forensic investigations.
Mike Denney is currently a Wildland Fire Investigator for the State of Idaho-Department of Lands. His earlier work with the U.S. Forest Service and current employer brings him 35 years of field investigation, case management and litigation experience. He is a 1979 graduate of North Idaho College in forestry and a current member of the Idaho Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Mike authored the update of Chapter 24, Wildfire Investigations of “Fire Investigator’ Principles and Practices to NFPA 921 and 1033, Third Addition, 2012, and is a lead instructor of NWCG FI-210, Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination.
Dr. Chris Dicus is a Professor and Coordinator of the Wildland Fire and Fuels Management Concentration in the Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. His research focuses on how fuel treatments in the wildland-urban interface impact both fire behavior and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and vegetative air pollution removal. He regularly serves as a fire behavior analyst on large wildland fires and has participated in many post-fire disaster assessments, including the 2007 Southern California Fire Siege and the 2009 Black Saturday Fires in Victoria, Australia. Dr. Dicus serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Fire Ecology, leads the Wildland-Urban Interface Module of the California Fire Science Consortium, and has spoken at over 50 international and national conferences, including the keynote speaker at the 2009 Department of Homeland Security Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Colloquium.
Dr. Carlos Fernandez-Pello is Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. He received degrees of Doctor Aeronautical Engineer (1972) from the University of Madrid, Spain, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (1975) from the University of California, San Diego. From 1975 to 1977 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, and from 1977 to 1980 a Research Fellow at Princeton University. He joined the University of California, Berkeley in 1980, where he has been a Full Professor since 1986. Professor Fernandez-Pello teaches courses in thermosciences with emphasis on combustion His recent research emphasizes material flammability in earth and spacecraft environments, wildland fire development, micro-scale power generation and solar energy storage. His research is or has been funded by NASA, NSF, NIST, DARPA, DOE and ARO. He is co-author of the book “Fundamental of Combustion Processes” and of four book chapters on material flammability. He has published over 180 papers in archival technical journals and over 200 hundred non-archival papers.
Jerome Fishkin specializes in Attorneys. He defends lawyers at the State Bar. He acts as an expert witness, and advises attorneys on ethics and law practice management. Mr. Fishkin also acts as counsel or consultant to parties in state and federal court matters involving attorney conduct, such as fee disputes, sanction hearings, and disqualification motions.

Mr. Fishkin was a general practitioner in the 1970s, and then was employed by The State Bar from 1978 to 1992. He was the senior prosecutor of disciplinary cases when he left the State Bar. He is now a partner in Fishkin & Slatter LLP, in Walnut Creek CA. He and his partner Lindsay Slatter both specialize in attorney conduct matters, as does their associate, Samuel Bellicini.
James Floros is the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Burn Institute. The Burn Institute is a local non-profit agency dedicated to reducing burn injuries and deaths through fire and burn prevention, providing special assistance to burn survivors and their families, and furthering burn research and treatment. Jim has 28 years of non-profit experience and has been with the Burn Institute for 20 years. Among his affiliations: he is an active member of the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association; is the past Chair and current member of the International Federation of Burn Foundations Board of Directors; is incoming Chair of the American Burn Association’s National Burn Prevention Committee; member of the National Scald Campaign Steering Committee and National Juvenile Firesetter Database Task Steering Committee; and former Chair of the City of Chula Vista Civil Service Commission.

Among his achievements, Jim was awarded the American Burn Association’s National Burn Prevention Award; and the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association Maltese Award, both in 2008. In 2010, Jim received the San Diego Business Journals Health Care Champion Award.
Susan French, Professor Emerita, UCLA School of Law, has taught courses in Property, Wills and Trusts, and Common Interest Communities. Even though she retired in 2010, she is currently teaching Property. Her areas of expertise include the law of wills, trusts, future interests, servitudes (easements and covenants) and common interest communities. After graduating from law school, where she was articles editor of the Washington Law Review, Professor French practiced law in Seattle, Washington, and then joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1975. She was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School in 1980, the UCLA School of Law in 1988-89, Harvard Law School in 1990, Duke Law School in 2001 and 2007, and the University of North Carolina in 2005. She spent a sabbatical year at the University of Chile in Santiago during 1982-83 and part of a sabbatical leave at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law in 2002.

Professor French was the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Third, Property (Servitudes) (2000); served as an adviser to the Restatement of the Law, Third, Property (Donative Transfers); and has advised the California Law Revision Commission on revision of laws relating to common-interest developments and the Probate Code. She is co-author of Cases and Texts on Property (with Casner, et al., 5th ed. 2004) and Community Association Law (with Hyatt, 2d ed. 2008). Professor French is also the author of A California Companion for the Course in Wills, Trusts and Estates, and California Easements and Boundaries: Law and Litigation, Chapter 1, Basic Easement Law: California and the Restatement (Third) of Property.
Randy Gimple is a partner and founding member of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP, a law firm with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Randy has represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving catastrophic losses such as floods and fires for over 20 years. He typically represents defendants in wildland fire cases, such as the Poe Fire of 2001, the Freds Fire of 2004 and the Island, Guejito and Rice Fires of 2007. Randy is a member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators, International Association of Arson Investigators and National Fire Protection Association. He is also a well-known contributor to the wildland fire community's study of catastrophic loss investigations, fire scene investigation, evidence preservation, forensic investigation techniques, admissibility of expert evidence, property damage evaluation and statutory and common-law duties arising as a result of negligently caused fires.
Chris Hamilton is a principal of Arxis Financial, Inc., Arxis Technology, Inc., and Arxis Wealth Management. These firms are involved in tax and accounting consulting, business valuation, litigation consulting, technology consulting and financial planning. The firms are located in Simi Valley, California. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Valuation Analyst, and a Diplomate with the American Board of Forensic Accounting. He is a licensed life and disability insurance agent and a General Securities Representative. Most of his professional time is spent in the areas of business valuations, forensic accounting, damages, and litigation related engagements. He has served as an expert in civil, criminal, probate and family court matters.

Mr. Hamilton has published articles in several periodicals including The Forensic Examiner; Los Angeles Lawyer; The Valuation Examiner; Valuation Strategies and the Journal of Forensic Accounting. He currently serves on the editorial board of Insights on Valuation. He is a co-author of an advanced finance and economics textbook “Financial Valuation - Applications and Models.” He speaks around the country at conferences and training sessions on topics including business and damages valuation, forensic accounting, and fraud.
John A. Harris, Landscape Economist, is the Principal of Landscape Economics LLC and President of Earth Advisors, Inc. He is based in Hollywood, Florida. His environmental consulting and expert witnessing practices include work across the United States and the Caribbean. He has been working in the Green Industry for over 25 years with field practices, management, and consulting experience. His degrees include M.B.A., M.S., B.S., A.A.S., and he has industry related certifications including Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Forester, Certified Arborist, Certified Landscape Inspector. John's expert work includes landscape and land improvements damage assessments, economic valuations, work audits, and expert witness testimony. He provides expert services to both plaintiffs and defendants in legal cases, and has been a mediated expert. He was inducted as an Elected Member of the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society in 1997 for his work determining and defending values of trees and landscapes. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles in trade journals, newspapers and publications. He has done TV interview appearances and serves as a resource to the media for landscape, natural areas, and forestry topics. John is an active educator, having taught over 150 different classes and field training programs for the industry and the public. He continues to learn and provide useful information in industry organizations and education programs.
Bob Helmer is currently a Wildland Fire Investigator for the Idaho Department of Lands in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. His work history includes 27 years with the US Forest Service starting in 1969. He currently has 14 years with Idaho Department of Lands and has 40 years of forestry and fire experience. He is a graduate of Lassen College in Forestry plus two years of forestry at the University of Washington. Bob is an instructor and mentor for fire investigators teaching FI110 and FI 210 plus state investigation policy and procedures.
Wesley R. Higbie practices Natural Resources Law in California, dividing his time between civil litigation (primarily in federal courts), and business counseling and transactions. Mr. Higbie earned his BS in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was formerly General Counsel to the Western Timber Association and has extensive experience in forestry matters. From 2006 through 2009, he was a Visiting Professor at UC, Berkeley, where he taught natural resources law and policy in the College of Natural Resources.

Mr. Higbie is a member of the State Bar of California, and the bars of U.S. District Courts for both the Eastern District and Northern District of California, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Courts of Appeals for both the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has litigated matters in all of these courts and has argued appeals in the California and federal courts of appeal, as well as the California Supreme Court. In addition, he has represented clients in numerous matters before federal agencies and administrative boards. Representative reported cases include: Sierra Pacific Ind. v. Lyng, 866 F.2d 1099 (9th Cir. 1989); Arcata Forest Products Co. v. U.S., 18 Cl.Ct 93 (1989), aff’d. 915 F.2d 1584 (Fed. Cir. 1990); Seaboard Lumber Co. v. U.S., 903 F.2d 1560 (Fed Cir. 1990); Stone Forest Ind. v. U.S., 973 F.2d 1584 (Fed. Cir. 1992), Eel River Sawmills v. U.S., 27 Fed.Cl. 604 (1993); R.C.O. Reforesting v. U.S., 42 Fed.Cl. 405 (1998); and Don Dwyer Development Co., 02-2 BCA ¶ 31,890, AGBCA No. 2000-107-1.
Garry Hubert is a California trial lawyer with almost 40 years of trial experience. While a deputy district attorney for Alameda County he taught criminal law and evidence. He has tried to jury verdict 135 plus Superior Court criminal cases and 30 Superior Court civil cases (the longest lasting 8 months). He founded Hubert & Yasutake in 1996 which specializes in civil litigation for both the plaintiff and the defense, with an emphasis on plaintiff's fire loss claims. He is an experienced arbitrator/mediator having presided over 1,000 such proceedings. Specific fire cases prosecuted by Mr. Hubert include self-igniting automobiles, construction practices causing fires, fireplace failures, electrical appliance failures, power line failures causing structure fires and wildland fires, and spontaneous combustion fires. Mr. Hubert is rated A-V by Martindale-Hubble and is a special master for serving search warrants.
Alan Jang of Jang & Associates, LLP in Walnut Creek, California, focuses on subrogation law, insurance law, wildland fire litigation and inverse condemnation. He was admitted to the California State Bar on November 29, 1978. Mr. Jang received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. He received his J.D. in 1978 from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Mr. Jang has handled a number of large catastrophic subrogation cases, including claims arising out of wildland fires, construction fires, electrical fires, gas explosions, sinkholes, flooding and landslides. He has received an "AV" Preeminent rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Jang has been involved in several important appellate decisions, resulting in the following published opinions: California State Automobile Association v. City of Palo Alto, (subrogation/inverse condemnation action); State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. East Bay Municipal Utilities District, (subrogation/inverse condemnation action); Delfino v. Sloan, (premises liability/negligence per se).
Christine Lee is a Principal with Industrial Economics, Incorporated, an environmental economics and policy consultancy. Ms. Lee’s primary areas of expertise are environmental finance and environmental economics. She has supported the assessment and estimation of damages resulting from wildland fires cases on public and private lands, for both plaintiffs and defendants. Her clients include the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, various states, non-governmental organizations, and law firms. She is based out of San Francisco, CA.
James M. Lloyd is an attorney with over 25 years of trial and litigation experience. Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and California, Mr. Lloyd spent his first 20 years of legal practice trying to verdict a varied and diverse retinue of complex construction, catastrophic personal injury, insurance defense, and other cases in “Da Bronx,” Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn, not to mention the occasional foray into Long Island. He was a co-attorney of record for CIGNA during the 90’s, and while he has been accused of having a defense mentality, he also represented plaintiffs afflicted with asbestos and mesothelioma, and persons injured in catastrophic automobile roll over accidents. He is currently associated with the firm of Green & Hall, APC, in Orange County, California, that has a predominant practice in Insurance Defense, including Construction Defect, Premises Liability, and numerous fire damage cases. Mr. Lloyd's recent work with Green & Hall includes a concentration in defending clients in fire damage and structure fire cases, as well as defending a major landowner in the wildfire litigation associated with the Catalina Island Fire.
Jan Null, CCM, has thirty-seven five years of experience as a meteorologist with a BS in Atmospheric Science and a MA in Geography (Climate). After over 23 years with the National Weather Service he founded Golden Gate Weather Services in 1998. As a Certified Consulting Meteorologist he is often called on as an expert witness for a wide variety of litigation matters encompassing a full array of meteorological elements including storms, winds, temperatures, thunderstorms, floods, fog, ice and snow. He also serves as a consultant on meteorological topics for engineering firms, architects, environmental groups and the media. He has been an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in Meteorology at San Francisco State University since 1987. His research on the topic of Hyperthermia Deaths of Children in vehicles is used world-wide by child safety groups to help save lives. Jan has done over 400 television interviews including CNN, Weather Channel, Good Morning America and McNeil Lehrer News Hour.
Mike ONeil is a Registered Professional Metallurgical Engineer, CA #1815, and a certified Crane Surveyor, CA 15, with experience in conducting failure analyses and root cause investigations related to electrical equipment, both transmission and distribution, cranes, piping, pressure vessels and vehicle related components as well as other metallic structures, such as steel poles. He is a qualified Welding Engineer with over thirty years of experience in the utility, construction and manufacturing industries and has been instrumental in the design of welding procedures and processes in accordance with ASME Section VIII and IX Standards used in the construction of pressure vessels and gas/water piping and offshore rigs, as well as AWS D1.1 welding requirements used in the construction of large industrial equipment, cement kilns and associated fleet components related to cranes, material handlers, trucks and other equipment.

Mr. ONeil has been instrumental in leading successful root cause failure analyses of many construction and utility equipment failures during his career while employed by PG&E, to include: Material handler boom bearing bolt failure; boom cracking analysis and subsequent repair procedure; rear axle housing cracking issues and subsequent negotiations and repair procedure; Mobile Auto-transformer bearing failure (white paper presented to SFES); fired wedge connector failures and redesign; electrical cutout analysis and redesign; and load interrupter failures at the support stud amongst other projects.

Mr. ONeil has recently participated as an expert witness, but without any depositions, pertaining to a hoist accident, a utility fire in Southern California and a fire at the Geysers.


Roger Rider is a 1974 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, certified in civil trial law by the TexasBoard of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He began his practice at the Butler Binion law firm in Houston, representing insurance and business clients. Since 1990, he has focused on plaintiff’s side of injury and property litigation, obtaining multiple seven-figure verdicts and settlements. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served on the boards of the Houston Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He has lectured frequently on trial subjects and authored the chapter on voir dire and opening and closing statements for Judges & Lawyers’ Nursing Home Litigation. He was first selected to Texas Super Lawyers® in 2003.

He has tried nearly a hundred jury trials ranging from medical malpractice and products liability cases for the defense to medmal, civil rights, wrongful death, and bad faith cases for the plaintiff.

In his spare time, he is an adjunct professor of law for remedies at the University of Houston Law School, a golf and ski enthusiast. He has known since his early days in the United States Marine Corps that whatever is worth fighting for requires never giving up and always out-preparing your adversary. That is his approach to law and to life.
Ken Roye is a California trial lawyer with over 100 civil jury trials to verdict in twelve California counties including Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento. He is presently litigating wildland fire cases in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sonoma, Trinity and Ventura Counties. He represents subrogating fire insurers and private landowners and limits his practice to mass tort catastrophic loss cases. Ken is the founder and host of the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference, now in its fifth year. He litigates these cases, for the most part, with Garry Hubert of Hubert & Yasutake in Concord, California and with Alan Jang of Jang & Associates Walnut Creek, California. He is also associated with the County Counsel’s office in Sonoma County on the Geysers Fire case and with Bill Apger of Chico, California on the Sims Fire case in Trinity County. Ken has previously worked in the Legal Services program and thereafter followed a career as a criminal defense lawyer for 10 years with over 250 criminal jury trials. He is a continuing education provider for the State Bar of California, is the author of “California Consumer Protection” (1994) (Fullcourt Press) and has taught law school at California Western University, School of Law. He was a speaker at the November 2009 Annual Conference of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) (Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs) and at the 2009 Spring meeting of the Western Chapter in Costa Mesa, California.
Lynde Selden is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson, LLP. Mr. Selden’s practice focuses primarily on complex fire litigation including Wildland fires and commercial structure fires. Since 2008, he has been litigating some of the largest and costliest Wildland Fire cases in the United States including the 2007 San Diego Fire Cases and the Freds Fire case. Lynde’s current and past litigation practice includes product defect, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, intellectual property, and commercial vehicle liability.
Craig Simon has been with Berger Kahn for 36 years as law clerk, associate, partner and managing partner. Over the years, Craig has performed a wide variety of work for insurers, including drafting insurance policies, acting as National Coverage Counsel, defending companies in bad faith litigation, B&P 17200 actions, and in nationwide and state class actions. He has substantial jury trial experience, and has worked with anthropologists and jury consultants to develop trial themes and presentations for maximum impact.

Craig has handled prominent subrogation actions over the years, starting with cases like the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel Fire and the Anaheim Fire in the 1980's and more recently working on other California wildland fire cases in San Diego, Grass Valley, Malibu, Sayre, Sesnon, San Bruno and Santa Barbara. Craig's practice is nationwide, and he currently in working on cases now in New Mexico, Colorado, Washington State, Nevada and Texas. Craig works alongside some of the best subrogation counsel in the nation who represent other carriers in a cooperative effort against those who start fires.

Craig is currently National Subrogation Counsel for a nationwide major insurer. He graduated UCLA in 1974, and Loyola Law School in 1977. Craig has said that if he still had hair, he would be unstoppable.


Hon. W. Scott Snowden (Ret.) has been a leader for over 25 years in case management, modern court administration, and early resolution. Under his guidance for over 15 years, the Napa Superior Court has resolved the majority of civil actions within 12 months of filing. A pioneer of court-based mediation, he brings decades of skills as an effective settlement specialist. In the last two years, Judge Snowden mediated over $700M in fire related claims including direct claims by individuals with fire losses, inventory claims by groups of plaintiffs with fire losses, coverage claims b/w defendants and insurance carriers, and cross-complaints among defendants alleged to have caused wildland fires.
Frank Steele was the Chairperson for the 1999 rewrite of the California Railroad Fire Prevention Field Guide. During his career in Fire Prevention, he inspected over 500 locomotives with regard to fire prevention issues. He has developed and taught railroad fire investigation courses in Montana, Oregon, Washington, California and for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

Frank retired from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) after serving 30 years in firefighting and law enforcement. The last nine years, he was a Fire Prevention Battalion Chief serving a three county area. In 1971, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Range Management from California State University, Chico. He is a member of Oregon Chapter 31 of the International Association of Arson Investigators (I.A.A.I). Frank currently works as an instructor and consultant in railroad related fires.
Mr. Steensland has over 40 years of combined fire/law enforcement experience with CalFire, the U.S. Forest Service and in private practice. He has investigated hundreds of wildland fires, including the two largest fires in the history of South Dakota and Colorado. He has been recognized as an expert witness in state and federal courts.

Prior to retirement in 2005, he was the National Fire Investigation Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, Law Enforcement and Investigations Branch. Steensland is the past chair and a current member of the NWCG’s Wildfire Investigation Working Team, which is currently developing an international training program for wildland fire investigators. He was a principal member of the NFPA’s technical committee on Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators, (NFPA 1033), is a member of the IAAI Wildland Arson Subcommittee and is a member of the NFPA 921 Chapter 26 revision sub-committee. He is currently the owner/president of a private wildland fire investigation forensic consulting and training firm, Paul Steensland and Associates, LLC. Steensland has instructed investigators from over 40 states, as well as presenting courses in Australia, Alberta, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Guam, Holland and Saskatchewan.
David Stivers is a proven expert on credit damage, and how to quantify it. David had a career evaluating or processing about 40,000 credit applications and learned first-hand why bank decision makers approved or rejected them. Damage to credit has become a contemporary issue for many people today, due to various important roles that one’s credit may play in achieving success. Some of the largest banks in the world have hired him in litigation on this topic. Individual consumers (and their attorneys) have sought David’s expertise to first evaluate whether credit damage occurred, as well as quantify it in dollars.
Robert Toth's professional career started with nearly 21 years in the fire service. The last 10 years included law enforcement and conducting fire investigations in both the public and private sector. Retiring from the fire service in 2002, he started IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc. and now conducts origin and cause investigations in Colorado and surrounding states.

In addition to running his business, Robert is also sought after for his lectures and presentations on fire investigations, NFPA 921, interviewing, internet technology, and digital photography training. He has presented various topics to public agencies and private enterprises across the United States, in Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Botswana, and South Africa. He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter, and past director of the International Association of Arson Investigators.