Burg Simpson and Finger & Newcomb Attorneys Present Plaques to Judicial Arbiter Group for Their Work to Help Lower North Fork Wildfire Victims

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Attorneys Thomas W. Henderson and William Finger presented plaques to members of the Judicial Arbiter Group today in appreciation for their work, which ultimately gave the victims of the 2012 Lower North Fork wildfire the ability to recover compensation for their losses.

Attorneys Thomas W. Henderson and William Finger presented plaques to members of the Judicial Arbiter Group today in appreciation for their work, which ultimately gave the victims of the 2012 Lower North Fork wildfire the ability to recover compensation for their losses.

At the presentation this morning, Burg Simpson shareholder Thomas Henderson said, “Thank you to the distinguished, independent panel of retired judges with the Judicial Arbiter Group for your diligence and hard work in assessing the total amount of damages incurred by these victims…and for doing so free of charge to the state and to our clients.”

The Judicial Arbiter Group’s mission is to provide legal and business communities with quality, cost effective, efficient and wide-ranging professional dispute resolution litigation assistance and education programs. JAG is composed exclusively of former judges, who provided their services in this case at no charge.

As one of their last and most dramatic acts of the 2014 legislative session, Colorado State Senators and Representatives voted unanimously in a bipartisan manner to approve Senate Bill 14-223 to pay nearly $18.2 million to compensate victims who lost homes and loved ones in the Lower North Fork wildfire.

The 4,100 acre wildfire occurred on March 26, 2012, when a controlled burn, lit and managed by the Colorado State Forest Service on Denver Water property, jumped the lines when forecasted very high winds kicked up, and state employees failed to monitor the burn as they were required to do.

The wildfire took three lives, destroyed 23 homes, and damaged numerous other homes and structures.

With offices in Denver, Colorado, Cincinnati, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Cody, Wyoming, Burg Simpson is a firm of award winning trial lawyers practicing in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, mass tort, class actions, insurance bad faith, employment law, construction defect litigation, and commercial litigation.
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