SAN DIEGO, CA—The national law firm of Baron & Budd is pleased to announce that Shareholder John Fiske has been named 2020 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) by the Daily Journal. The award recognizes attorneys throughout California whose work made a significant impact on the law, the legal profession, or a practice area. Fiske works in the Baron & Budd Environmental Litigation Group litigating complex environmental cases all over the country.
In the only major California wildfire settlement in 2019, and the most comprehensive public entity wildfire resolution in the history of the state of California, Fiske obtained a $360 million settlement with Southern California Edison on behalf of 23 public entities for taxpayer, public, and environmental losses caused by the 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein Fires, the 2018 Montecito Debris Flows, and the 2018 Woolsey Fire.
Fiske also fought for the rights of all property owners and wildfire victims as the only victim’s lawyer to testify during the historic SB 901 hearings at the state capitol, advocating against eliminating inverse condemnation. His lobbying, along with the efforts of several lawyers and lobbyists, helped lead the California Legislature to vote in favor of protecting the constitutional property rights of public entities and other property owners, just months before the devastating 2018 Camp and 2018 Woolsey Fires occurred.