Cooking with Subrogation - Commercial Cooking Fires: What to Look for and Who Might be Responsible

When:  Jul 27, 2021 from 13:00 to 14:00 (ET)

Using case studies, the presenters will discuss a variety of scenarios that lead to kitchen fires with attention to details that are often undetected and misunderstood due to complex code requirements and less commonly understood equipment (like pizza ovens and salamanders).

Focus will be on clearance requirements to combustibles and other possible ignition scenarios.  Code recommended inspection and cleaning frequencies will be reviewed along with parties responsible and documentation required for cleaning. The concept of long-term, low-temperature ignition of wood will be discussed as it relates to potential sources of ignition for fires, along with the cautions around this concept.

Legal considerations including selection of parties to place on notice, preservation and spoliation of evidence, and specific litigation strategies will link the technical topics. Strategies include discovery tactics, selection of witnesses, and evidentiary considerations including expert testimony.

Shannon Warren is Vice President of Large Loss & Litigation for Insurance Subrogation Group and Managing Partner of its captive law firm, Uehlein & Associates, LLC. Shannon has focused her practice exclusively on large loss subrogation for the past eight years and has nearly two decades of legal expertise. Shannon consistently handles complex cases involving catastrophic property damages, such as fires, water losses, and construction defects. Shannon represents insurers, self-insureds, and other corporate clients throughout the United States and is based out of Massachusetts. Shannon has presented to multiple audiences on subrogation-related topics, is an editor of the award-winning Subrogator, and regularly contributes articles.

Chad E. Jones, P.E. is a Senior Consulting Engineer and NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator for The Warren Group, Inc.  Chad has over 25 years of experience including the design of commercial kitchen fire protection, HVAC and plumbing systems.  Chad is also an IFSAC Certified Interior Structural Firefighter in Greenwood, South Carolina.


Michelle Givvin
(412) 706-8002