Chemistry Expert Witnesses
Central to the modern world economy, chemicals make it possible to supply the world with food, energy, medicine, and materials. Everything we use or touch is a chemical or combination of chemicals. Yet, chemicals are also implicated in climate change, environmental contamination, the overuse of limited natural resources, and illness. The industry is challenged by well-publicized large and small accidents and product problems. These issues are a ripe environment for legal disputes.
The world of chemistry expert witnesses is frequently divided into organic and inorganic chemists. Organic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds. Organic chemists develop commercial products including pharmaceuticals and plastics. They improve the nutritional value, taste, and packaging of foods for humans and animals, and develop new methods of treating natural materials such as cotton and silk to create more durable and attractive fabrics. Organic compounds can be found in agrochemicals, coatings, cosmetics, detergents, and many other products.
Inorganic chemical compounds are those that are formed by the combination of two or more chemicals other than carbon. In the inorganic chemistry realm, compounds such as ammonia, chlorine, and titanium dioxide are used as catalysts, pigments, coatings, surfactants, medicines, fuels, and more. They often have specifically designed melting points and electrical conductivity properties to tailor them for distinct purposes.
But it is of course the environmental and health problems which lead to litigation. Court dockets are swelling with class action and multi-district litigation over PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals” found in consumer and industrial products that build up and are persistent in the environment and our bodies. Toxic tort cases involving workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals such as benzene and asbestos continue to proliferate as well.
Expertise for Every Eventuality
We have elite experts who can testify in every area of the chemical industry including the development of human therapeutics, herbicide chemistry, polymer patent infringement, and the adequacy of chemical warnings and labels. We have placed epidemiologists and toxicology experts who can help your client prove causation in mass tort cases involving toxic chemicals. Our forensic chemistry experts can analyze evidence such as hair, blood, and body fluids found at crime scenes.
In addition to organic and inorganic chemists, our stable of world-class experts available to help your clients includes physical chemists, analytics chemists, biochemists, materials scientists, and chemical engineers. Many are specialists in the massive body of federal and state laws governing the chemical industry, as well as voluntary industry standards established by chemistry trade groups.
Among other areas of expertise, our experts can testify on the following issues:
- Federal Toxic Substances Control Act
- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
- Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
- Federal Clean Air Act
- Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
- Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
- Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Federal Controlled Substances Act
- California Proposition 65
- American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Program®
- European Chemicals Agency REACH Legislation
- International Chemical Conventions
- Pharmaceutical Development
- Patent Development and Infringement
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How We Find Your Experts
For Rubin Anders Scientific, precision matters. It’s our mantra. We don’t waste your time sending experts who “kind of” fit the bill. Our experts are deployed into your project with pinpoint accuracy. We take pride in giving you exactly what you need. It’s what your project deserves.
We succeed at locating knowledgeable experts with deep experience in the chemical arena. We have years of experience in placing experts, and our researchers are themselves highly credentialed (including several Ph.D. chemistry scientists) who can assess your needs and match them to our exacting methodologies to bring you a successful match.
The primary criteria we use to select these individuals include, but are not limited to:
- Your stated needs
- Academic background and certifications
- Industry experience and professional background
- Location and travel limitations
- Experience in legal proceedings
- Qualifications of the opposition witnesses
- Potential conflicts of interest
Our team of Ph.D. and J.D. researchers has a proven track record of identifying experts who can fill the niche you need. Whether you’re seeking an expert who understands the physical chemistry of crystal polymorphs, or a chemical engineering expert who has experience turning water into hydrogen using aluminum, or anything in between, our team has the technical understanding and extensive network to locate the ideal expert to suit your requirements.