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Catastrophic and mass disaster disputes

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Meet the team

The first few hours following a catastrophe or mass disaster are critical. At times like these, companies look for guidance from someone that has been there before, whose lawyers have the necessary experience to guide our clients through these highly sensitive matters.

The Norton Rose Fulbright catastrophic and mass disaster disputes team is uniquely qualified to navigate the avalanche of events that follow a catastrophic or mass disaster.

The Norton Rose Fulbright catastrophic and mass disaster disputes team team has the skills and experience needed to provide an immediate response to the media, preserve evidence, deal with governmental officials, handle issues concerning the continuation of work and address all other matters that arise during a catastrophe.

Managing all types of disasters

Norton Rose Fulbright's catastrophic and mass disaster disputes lawyers have been at the forefront of handling all types of catastrophes and disasters including:

  • explosions
  • terrorist attacks
  • industrial accidents
  • mass exposures
  • natural disasters
  • power outages

The Norton Rose Fulbright catastrophic and mass disaster disputes team has handled some of the most significant catastrophe-related litigation, including the representation of a Houston-headquartered, international chemical company in a case arising from several refinery explosions. One such explosion resulted in twenty-three deaths and hundreds of injuries. A landmark case, it led to OSHA enacting the Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations.

Our extensive experience in catastrophic and mass disaster litigation brings the management skills and resources needed to structure a cost-effective strategy for our clients.

Managing disasters through technology

Today litigation, and particularly catastrophic and mass disaster litigation, is driven by technology, leading to massive quantities of electronically stored information (ESI), rapidly evolving legal requirements and growing demands on clients' stretched legal budgets. Our litigators and service support personnel have been at the forefront in developing cost-efficient solutions to challenges in these areas.

We were the first US firm to use Ringtail's document review platform, and one of the very earliest to establish an eDiscovery and Information Governance (EDIG) team. Our commitment to progressive technology continues as it is one of the first law firms to license Recommind Axcelerate eDiscovery™ for document review. Recommind Axcelerate eDiscovery™ allows for a reduction of the average time and expense of first pass review, while also increasing quality.

Our EDIG team is one of the most well known in the country, and now includes practitioners that are highly experienced in e-discovery, litigation readiness, privacy, cross-border data transfer, document retention and offline data remediation.

Disaster preparedness counseling

Our lawyers believe the best plan for a catastrophic event begins before one takes place. To address these issues before disaster strikes, we offer disaster preparedness counseling.