A&W Partners Steven O’Neill & Christine M. Carson negotiate a $7.9 million settlement from Southern California Edison on behalf of the water district for Woolsey fire claims.
“LVMWD’s service area experienced one of the worst disasters in the area’s history and suffered millions of dollars in losses from the Woolsey Fire,” said Keith Lemieux, LVMWD’s General Counsel. “This settlement will help LVMWD with the costs of restoration without passing that cost through to its customers,” Lemieux added.
LVMWD’s settlement, which covers specific types of property damage not covered by insurance or disaster relief, does not affect the claims of residents, businesses, or other public agencies affected by the fires.
LVMWD filed its lawsuit against SCE entities in 2021, and Hon. Margaret Nagle (Ret.), a Mediator with JAMS, a private provider of mediation and arbitration services mediated the dispute.
LVMWD was represented by Steven O’Neill and Christine M. Carson of Aleshire & Wynder in the Woolsey matter.
Christine Carson is a Partner. She serves as general counsel and advises public agencies on a broad range of issues, including Water Law, civil litigation, Labor and Employment Law, the Public Records Act, CEQA, the Clean Water Act, land use, contract formation and negotiation, drafting and amending ordinances, resolutions, and personnel rules, conducting wage and hour audits, and management train...
Steven O'Neill is a Partner in the Westlake Village office, overseeing legal matters for a wide variety of public entities and private sector clients. Mr. O'Neill represents both public and private entities, emphasizing water law, environmental law, and municipal law. His practice area includes water rights (surface and groundwater) water quality, and water supply issues. He regularly advises clie...