Cathy Yanni became the Trustee of the Fire Victim Trust effective July 1, 2022. In her previous role as
Claims Administrator, Yanni assisted the former Trustee, the Honorable John K. Trotter (ret.), in
Trust oversight, and she directly oversaw all Fire Victim claims resolution, including design and
implementation of the claims resolution process, from establishing eligibility requirements and claims
review procedures to ensuring that funds are distributed in a fair and equitable manner. Yanni also
served Fire Victims as the Administrator of the Wildfire Assistance Program.
her work on behalf of Fire Victims, Yanni settled tens of thousands of cases, facilitated distribution
of billions of dollars in settlement funds to Claimants, and oversaw multiple claims reconciliation
processes. She has been a Court Appointed Special Master and/or Mediator in numerous cases involving
wildfires, mass torts, and class actions. In addition to being appointed as an appeal panelist in the
Takata Airbag Tort Compensation Trust Fund established in the TK Holdings Inc. bankruptcy case, she has
been appointed as an Administrator, Special Master, or Mediator in thousands of other cases. She also
worked with Justice Trotter to formulate a resolution program for the 2007 San Diego fire cases,
ultimately acting as mediator and arbitrator for the program.