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Catastrophic Loss

Technically trained and experienced attorneys.

Catastrophic losses are tragic and complicated. Fires, explosions, and product failures do not follow logical paths. They have many causes. Often the incident itself will destroy crucial evidence. Worse yet, evidence spoliation can occur from an investigation that is not sensitive to securing and preserving vital evidence.

Our Catastrophic Loss Team has handled thousands of losses nationwide. The Team includes attorney-engineers, scientists, and technicians. We offer our clients incomparable experience handling catastrophic loss investigations.

To give you an idea of the breadth of our work, we invite you to review our recent case studies:

Case Studies:  Churches
Case Studies:  Energy
Case Studies:  Processing Facilities
Case Studies:  Waste Facilities
Case Studies:  Construction/Geotech
Case Studies:  Agribusiness

Our Catastrophic Loss Team includes attorneys trained in the cause and origin of explosions, fires, and product failures. We hold the certifications that distinguish us from our peers. Our lawyers are ProBoard certified safety and branch officers, radiation safety officers, and 29 CFR 1910.120(q) Hazardous Materials technicians and first responders, Certified Fire and Explosion investigators, and CETP certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) in propane installation and safety. Our attorneys have also completed and served as faculty for advanced cause and origin investigation programs sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Rapid Response

An immediate response to a loss can be critical to minimizing damages and exposure, and maximizing subrogation recovery. The Meagher & Geer Catastrophic Loss Team has rapid-response capabilities. Our technically trained Team of attorneys can be on the scene of an accident within hours, securing it from further destruction, preserving evidence, and planning a defense or recovery strategy. At the scene, we work with local fire marshals and law enforcement officials to ensure that critical evidence is properly preserved. We immediately begin to determine what happened, and who might be responsible.


Meagher & Geer has long standing relationships and experience with consulting forensic experts across the country. We are able to retain outside forensic experts when necessary and get them to the accident site within hours of the incident. Because our attorneys are technically trained, we are able to direct experts, easily understand their findings and reports, and control costs. We are also able to communicate complex ideas in easy-to-understand terms.


We represent product designers, manufacturers, contractors, fuel gas suppliers, commercial industrial risk property insurers, and other similar companies across the nation. Our cases have involved propane, natural gas, and anhydrous-ammonia explosions, environmental hazards, electrical fires, chemical-processing explosions, tanker-trailer rollovers, railroad derailments, structural collapse, consumer-product injuries, and all manner of catastrophic loss.

Client Endorsements

"We have conducted forensic investigations on chemical release and fire/explosion with members of the Team. We find them to be exceptionally qualified, certified and competent."
Thomas Keefer
DuPont Emergency Response

"The combination of technical and legal skills is the difference between controlling the crisis and being in the midst of a crisis."
Dave Bednar
CEO, Viking Explosives

"Their technical expertise and knowledge of chemical and structural hazards shows in the thoroughness of their investigations. This expertise is valuable in the prevention of problems with federal and state regulations."
Anna Vignetti
CEO/COO, Cortec

How can we be of service to you?  

Click here to read an article about our group (Engineering Minnesota, July 2010).

We would be pleased to learn more about your needs, and to discuss our capabilities with you. Please contact practice group lead partner Chad Stepan at cstepan@meagher.com or 612-337-9646. Also, for a free copy of the DVD that explains Meagher & Geer's Catastrophic Loss practice, please provide your contact information to catastrophicloss@meagher.com.  

If you have an emergency situation, please call our Catastrophic Loss 24-hour Hotline at 877-635-8663.