Environment and Natural Resources

Expert Witnesses and Consultants

Environmental and Natural Resources litigation and consulting often involve multiple concurrent issues, each with narrow and particular complications, all of them interacting in complex ways. Multiple experts are generally necessary as, given the sophistication of the subject matter, professionals often specialize.

To add to the complexity of this rapidly evolving and frequently gray area of the law is the pressing challenge of climate change. Frustrated by a lack of progress on climate change-related regulation, a number of American cities, municipalities, and groups of concerned citizens are filing lawsuits against fossil fuel companies and others over the industry’s role in global warming. These lawsuits seek compensation for rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and unforeseen disasters they claim are caused by carbon emissions and climate change. To date, courts have generally held that Congress is the appropriate branch to regulate emissions, and that regulators are better equipped than judges to address the global issue of climate policy. Still, despite limited success in the courts, the number of climate liability and public nuisance suits is growing rapidly.

Perhaps more than some other areas, environmental litigation and regulatory approval are often reduced to a battle of experts. The party with the reliably relevant, best prepared, and most credible environmental experts is likely to prevail.

Expertise for Every Situation

Toxic tort class actions related to injuries from lead-based paint, asbestos and similar hazard exposures may simultaneously require environmental hazards experts such as toxicologists, risk assessors, and epidemiologists. We’ve placed specialized experts – and expert teams like this — in many environmental cases, including those involving Clean Air Act emissions and environmental risk assessments.

Identifying experts with niche expertise is our specialty. An EPA denial of a pesticide registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act may require an expert who understands the impact of a pesticide product on aquatic organisms. Developing a Brownfields site, you’ll need a strong and highly experienced hydrogeologist expert to help you defend your groundwater management plan before regulators. Environmental insurance reimbursement claims for petroleum tank spills or other toxic releases can necessitate a wide range of environmental forensic experts to determine the cause and scope of damages that must be remediated.

While many of our professionals act as litigation expert witnesses, we also provide experts to assist your business in research and development or in making operational decisions. Our team of on-demand expert resources can review a groundwater remediation plan, develop a wastewater system for your plant, or help develop cradle-to-grave functional and environmentally sound packaging for your consumer products. And if you are a construction firm that needs an archeological mitigation expert on a major building site excavation, we can help with that, too.

Here is a representative but by no means exhaustive, list of specialties within our team of Environmental experts:

  • Federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations including EPA, NEPA, RCRA, CERCLA, CWA, CAA and FIFRA
  • Environmental Engineering (soil science, geology, biology, chemistry)
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Environmental Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Environmental Mitigation
  • Toxic Exposure and Risk Assessments
  • Contaminated Property Acquisition
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • California Proposition 65
  • Civil Engineering

Our environment and natural resources case studies showcases the breadth and depth of our experts’ proficiency.

CASE STUDY

Geology expert for
Clean Water Act case

Attorneys representing a highway construction company against a Clean Water Act case brought by an environmental coalition needed a geology expert with a strong understanding of sediment flows to bolster their defense.

CASE STUDY

Hydraulic fracturing experts
for breach of contract suit

Plaintiff attorneys for a manager of direct energy investments were facing a breach of contract suit against a pressure pumping company with which the client held a hydraulic fracturing (fracking) contract.

CASE STUDY

Glass recycling expert
for Inter Partes Review

Attorneys representing a leading manufacturer of glass containers needed a glass recycling expert to defend against an IPR on a patent for a technique used to produce recycled green or flint glass from unsorted mixed colored cullet glass.

CASE STUDY

EPA emissions expert
for regulations lawsuit

Attorneys representing a heavy equipment rental company in its suit against a heavy equipment manufacturer urgently needed an expert on EPA emissions regulations to make their case.

Mold expert for environmental class action

CASE STUDY

Mold expert for
environmental class action

Attorneys representing consumers in a class action lawsuit against a manufacturer of children’s products and a retailer that sold them needed a mold expert to make their case.

CASE STUDY

Chemical expert
for product development

A small company that develops electronic products had an immediate need for a chemist familiar with cleaning products and potential chemical interactions among various cleaning products.

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 Environmental and Natural Resources arena. We have years of experience in placing experts, and our researchers are themselves highly credentialed (often Ph.D. 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
  • Fees

Our team of Ph.D. researchers has a proven track record of identifying experts who can fill the niche you need. Whether you’re seeking an expert opinion on the environmental forensics of a contaminated site, or need an expert in a mass tort case on herbicide exposure, our team has the technical understanding and extensive network to locate the ideal expert to suit your requirements.