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Hueston Hennigan Selected for Hawaii Governor’s Climate Advisory Team

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Hueston Hennigan was selected to serve on Hawaii Governor Josh Green’s Climate Advisory Team. The committee was formed to tackle the challenges of climate disasters and provide a comprehensive roadmap for the state’s strategy to mitigate the financial impact of climate change.

Under the leadership of Governor Green, the committee will play a crucial role in drafting comprehensive climate-resilience policy, drawing from diverse perspectives including Governor Green’s administration, climate science experts, business and financial experts, and legal professionals.

As one of its first projects, the committee will recommend steps to create a durable fund to mitigate the impacts of dynamic climate change and to develop a fair and comprehensive structure to resolve claims related to future disasters. This is necessary to stabilize the insurance market and defray the financial burdens arising from the increased impacts of climate change.

The Hueston Hennigan team includes Michael Purpura, Rajan Trehan, Stephanie Xiao, Emerson Bursis and Erik Savitt.

Hueston Hennigan represents many companies and other interested parties in wildfire litigation across the Western U.S. This includes representing the State of Hawaii and advising the Governor and Attorney General concerning the state’s responsibilities in the wake of the 2023 Maui fire, one of the largest natural disasters in the state’s history.

For additional information on the committee, please see the Governor’s press release and slide deck.