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Members of Miller Nash’s insurance recovery and construction teams partnered with United Policyholders (UP) and participated in a Pro Bono Insurance Legal Help Clinic, assisting residents and homeowners who were impacted by the 2020 Oregon wildfires.

UP is a nonprofit organization focused on delivering insurance-related help to people and businesses across the nation. Its mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and advocate for consumers of all types of insurance. UP gives insureds the confidence and tools needed when interacting with insurers, assisting with gaps in coverage and navigating an often complex and slow claim process. Together with disaster survivors, lawyers, insurance professionals, financial planners, CPAs, construction experts, and retired judges, UP has assisted numerous policyholders who have experienced natural disasters, business interruption losses, and disabling injuries and illnesses.

Seth Row, Jacob Zahniser, Stacey Martinson, Carrie Mount, Ryan Hall, Jodi Green, and Julie Avery assisted approximately 10 households in Oregon and 1 in California, all who experienced total loss of their homes due to wildfire. Our team assisted residents on issues related to cost recovery for loss of possessions, valuation of homes and belongings, reimbursement of costs not in their rebuild estimate, requests for additional reimbursement to cover inflated costs to rebuild homes, and reimbursement of living expenses while homes were being rebuilt. It was an honor to help Oregon and California residents navigate the complexities of insurance recovery, setting them up for success in rebuilding their lives after such a traumatic event.

Thank you to Amy Bach, Executive Director of UP, to our fellow volunteers, and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services for providing guidance along the way. Our team remains available to assist UP if additional legal needs arise.

To learn more, visit uphelp.org.