Turn To Williams & Gumbiner LLP When Disaster Strikes
Attorneys Scott Williams and Joel Gumbiner have each, for over 35 years, successfully represented a wide array of clients whose properties have been damaged as the result of floods, landslides or earth movements. They have represented property owners in matters ranging from localized claims to widespread flood and landslide disasters.
Addressing Flood And Landslide Claims In California
Flood, landslide and earth movement claims are often complicated both factually and legally, and every situation is unique. Retaining the appropriate experts to investigate and identify the cause of the problem is the critical first step in the process. Once we have identified the cause of the damage, we can start devising a strategically beneficial remedy that’s in line with our client’s objectives.
No matter what the focus of the case is, we strive to reach the fastest and most cost-effective solution for our client. If litigation is required, we pursue the strategy that takes into account a particular defendant’s liability and available insurance coverage as well as the need to build a strong case and act with expedition. While most cases settle, the value of building the case lies in being prepared to successfully try it if necessary.
Our Experience Is Your Benefit
Mr. Williams and Mr. Gumbiner first met in 2004, when each had filed suit on behalf of business owners whose properties were damaged in a major flood disaster. After the two suits were consolidated, Mr. Williams and Mr. Gumbiner collaborated successfully in recovering over $7 million from several public entities whose public improvements contributed to the disaster.
Mr. Williams’ background in “inverse condemnation” (claims against public entities for flood or landslide damage) dates back to 1980 when his successful appeal of an adverse judgment resulted in the published decision in Marin v. City of San Rafael, which established precedent pertaining to inverse condemnation law. Since then, he has successfully tried several inverse condemnation cases, including a 10-month jury trial on behalf of 32 property owners in San Bernardino County whose properties were damaged in a flood disaster that was the subject of national media attention.
Mr. Gumbiner has tried several landslide, flood and inverse condemnation cases to jury verdicts and has settled dozens more for clients all over California. Many of his cases involve multimillion-dollar recoveries for clients, including a yearlong jury trial involving the Flying Triangle landslide on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.