Practice Area


Brown & James’ Fire Subrogation Practice Group concentrates on fire and subrogation-related matters. This group has obtained the largest jury verdicts in the State of Missouri in property damage cases resulting from fires and other subrogation-type claims. The lawyers of the firm who concentrate in this area have an average of 15 years’ experience in litigating large-exposure, catastrophic-type subrogation claims.

Brown & James works closely with clients on a national, regional and local basis from the day a disaster occurs. They help in the directing the crucial early investigation and advising the client in the intricacies of the laws that may affect ultimate recovery.

The Practice Group employs nationally recognized experts to determine the true cause of the damage. Experts including cause and origin, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, structural engineers, accounting and investigators can respond to a disaster site within 24 hours.

Because our lawyers are experienced and well-known throughout the region, Brown & James has a good working relationship with public officials. By getting in early and working with the authorities and qualified and respected experts, our clients get to the truth fast. This speeds up the assessment process and potential for settlement or trial, if necessary.

The lawyers in this group have tried and recovered damages involving products liability in fire cases, major building collapses, storm damage, water losses and environmental disasters. These include cases based upon theories of simple negligence to massive products liability litigation, professional negligence, construction defects against construction companies and electrical and HVAC companies. The entire gamut of tort law, contract law and the insurance law is employed by this Practice Group to affect recovery on behalf of Brown & James’ clients.

The Practice Group provides in-house training of subrogation departments and claim departments on how to recognize and investigate losses that have potential for recovery. The importance of recognizing early the potential for recovery cannot be overstated. Early recognition can lead to early settlements and the retaining of those experts and personnel who can make your case once the loss has been fully investigated.