Practice Group | Bassford Remele

Fire/Explosion/Catastrophic Loss

From leading the initial investigation on the scene to identifying the best experts, fire, explosion, and catastrophic loss litigation requires a special expertise. Our 25 years of experience, including more than 500 fire- and explosion-related investigations, means we can adeptly handle every aspect of these difficult cases. For all our clients — from local property owners to regional gas suppliers to national insurers and product manufacturers — we listen carefully and work hard to achieve the outcomes they have in mind.

We have handled many large-scale cases, including multiple fatality explosions to commercial building fires. To help us, we have long-standing relationships with the best experts across the country. Not only that, our experienced perspective helps us control the considerable costs that can come along with these cases and obtain the best results.

Representative Cases

Defended a propane gas company in South Dakota, obtaining summary judgment in a wrongful death home explosion case.

Defended an oil and propane company at trial in Wisconsin, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a case involving frozen pipes.

Defended an agricultural supply cooperative at trial In Iowa, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a wrongful death propane explosion case.

Represented a propane marketer in district court and on appeal in Minnesota, winning summary judgment in a propane explosion case that caused significant burn injuries and damage to multiple properties.

Defended an industrial cleaning company at trial, obtaining a directed verdict in a gas refinery overhaul case.

Represented a residential propane supplier in district court and on appeal, winning summary judgment in a home explosion case that resulted in serious burn injuries and property damage. Ciomber, 527 F.3d 635 (7th Cir. 2008).

Comments from clients and the legal community:

Mr. Dahlmeier is considered one of the best attorneys *** retains to handle our product liability cases. He has an exceptional knowledge of the law. He exhibits passion for the job and compassion for clients. He has excellent communication skills and knows how to persevere through challenging cases. He provides excellent results for our company.

Dave Dahlmeier with Bassford Remele is one of the best when it comes to providing expertise, understanding a defense of our claims related to gas. He has thorough knowledge of the NFPA Code Book and will give his recommendations based on code and law. We value this firm as a partner with us.

Bassford Remele provides excellent representation. They provide prompt reporting and vigorously defend our claims with outstanding results.

Dave Dahlmeier at Bassford Remele is top-notch with his expertise in gas-related fire claims.

These comments were collected as part of the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" research process.