Mr. Sorett has represented clients in litigation in State and Federal Courts nationwide. Mr. Sorett has over thirty years of experience representing utility companies and their insurers in litigation, disputes, and appeals stemming from catastrophic gas and electric-related fires, explosions, and accidents. He routinely handles matters involving significant exposure due to wrongful death, personal injury, and substantial property damage. In this capacity, he has decades of experience serving as national counsel, which allowed him to develop a broad understanding of the issues associated with these types of matters.
Due to his experience, Mr. Sorett is a regular speaker on liability issues concerning gas and electric related fires, explosion, and accidents. Some of the areas where Mr. Sorett is able to apply his experience and knowledge include: the application of Daubert evidentiary standard, spoliation defenses, and fire origin and cause analysis.
Mr. Sorett began his legal career as a trial attorney for the Massachusetts Public Defender.
Examples of Mr. Sorett’s representation include:
Represented parties in civil litigation regarding a range of matters, including but not limited to, contract disputes, real estate disputes, and tort claims.
Defended wrongful death, personal injury, and insurance coverage claims arising from multiple fires, explosions, electrical contacts, outages and accidents.
Mr. Sorett successfully appealed the trial court’s granting of a motion for summary judgment in Adams v. Congress Auto Insurance Agency, Inc., 65 N.E.3d 1229 (Ma.App. 2016).
Mr. Sorett successfully appealed in a matter concerning the scope of a prescriptive easement and two orders of contempt. Time Terminals, Inc. v. Eastern States Exposition, 926 N.E.2d 229 (Table) (Ma.App. 2010).
Mr. Sorett successfully appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine in a matter of first impression concerning the interpretation of the Maine Overhead High-Voltage Line Safety Act, 35-A M.R.S. §§ 751-761 (2012), in which the Court concluded that full indemnification was required in the circumstances of the case. Central Maine Power Company v. Devereaux Marine, Inc., 68 A.3d 1262 (Me. 2013).
Wrongful death and personal injury claim arising from home explosion
Catastrophic personal injury claim arising from contact with electric transmission equipment
Wrongful death claims arising from alleged water heater flammable vapor fire.
Wrongful death claim in connection with alleged failure to provide gas service.
Representation of company in connection with potential enforcement actions by state regulators
Multiple personal injury claims arising from a home explosion
Assisted in defense of utility in case involving third party line strike
Defended claims for damage to commercial property in connection with alleged electrical fire
In private and confidential arbitration, Mr. Sorett successfully handled a multi-million dollar contractual indemnity claim related to a gas explosion and fire.
Submitted an amicus brief on behalf of a client to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in the matter, Sand Hill Energy, Inc. v. Smith, 142 S.W.3d 153 (Ky. 2004), concerning an excessive punitive damages award.
Submitted an amicus brief on behalf of a client to the Court of Appeals in the matter, Garvin v. Atlanta Gas Light Company, 779 S.E.2d 687 (Ga. 2015), concerning the duty to inspect.
Mr. Sorett successfully represented an excess liability insurer in a statutory bad faith cause of action stemming from an explosion and fire that was caused by a collision with an unprotected natural gas wellhead. Jolley v. Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Ltd., 237 P.3d 739 (N.M. 2015).
Obtained summary judgment and handled successful appeal in a case involving allegations concerning duty to warn. Leyva v. Southern Union Gas Company, Inc., 2004 WL 100521 (not reported in S.W.3d).
Appeal involving an indemnity claim based upon Texas’ overhead high-voltage line safety act
In a wrongful death case resulting from a gas leak, he obtained summary judgment from the trial court and prevailed on the plaintiff’s appeal from that order. Vorhees v. Jovingo, 2005-Ohio-4948 (not reported in N.E.2d).
Defended claims concerning a catastrophic injury resulting from electric line contact
Defended and tried claims in state court in connection with a natural gas fire
Declaratory judgment action involving insurance dispute with a subcontractor
In addition to these types of cases, Mr. Sorett has also represented clients in matters concerning forest fire litigation, stray voltage claims, and the impact of the FERC on liability cases.