Environmental Economist Expert Witness 531330

Expertise Description

I have spent over two decades working as an environmental economist. I specialize in tourism economics, environmental benefit/cost analysis, sustainable economic development, environmental valuations, tourism and hospitality growth planning, policy analysis, governance capacity building, water and energy policy, urban planning, government budgeting, and post-conflict economic development. I have provided courtroom testimony, consultations, and deposition for more than 20 years as an environmental economics expert witness.

Election Expert’s Testimony Admitted in Voting Case

Expertise Description

Election or referendum in United States. Election expert witness holds envelope in hand above ballot. USA flags in background.The Virginia Department of Elections brought a motion to exclude the testimony of a proposed election expert witness for the plaintiffs—three individuals and two voluntary associations affiliated with the Republican Party of Virginia. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of the Incumbent Protection Act, which provides certain elected officials with the power to choose the method of nomination used to select their political party's nominee for office.The ExpertThe expert was a Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, he taught at the University of Virginia for 10 years. His work focused on legislative politics and political parties and included more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. The expert disclosure indicated that he would testify about the nomination process under state law and the Plan of Organization of the Virginia Republican Party, the structural advantages enjoyed by incumbent office holders, and the additional advantages conferred to incumbent officeholders.In forming his opinions related to this case, the expert relied heavily on rational choice institutionalism—a theory that posits that political outcomes are the product of preferences and institutions. Pursuant to this theory, the expert opined in his declaration that Virginia incumbents "have the ability to assess how they would perform under the different nomination methods and choose the one that they believe maximizes their chances of reelection." He stated that "the mere existence of the Act ... disadvantages challengers and benefits incumbents."Chief U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski wrote in his opinion that in the question of whether a witness is qualified to testify is “context-driven and can only be determined by the nature of the opinion he offers,” citing Fourth Circuit precedent.Defendants argued that the expert should be excluded because his testimony was irrelevant and wouldn’t be helpful to the trier of fact. They argued that he lacked the requisite familiarity with the state electoral procedures at issue and that his definition of a "closed primary" contradicted the definition employed by federal courts in controlling cases.In support of their first argument, Defendants argued that the expert's academic background on national politics was inapplicable to this case, and he didn’t review sufficient Virginia-specific materials in forming his opinions. Defendants argued that the expert attempted “to parlay his research and familiarity as an expert on national politics into an expert opinion on Virginia election procedures and state party dynamics.”Plaintiffs responded that the election expert's expertise in rational choice institutionalism allows him to opine as to how those general principles apply to the facts of this case. According to plaintiffs, "courts do not require narrower and narrower sub-specialization ... in order to admit expert testimony into evidence."Defendants also argued that the expert didn’t sufficiently prepare to form his opinions on the subject matter of this case, which further revealed his lack of familiarity with the state’s electoral system. In preparing, the expert reviewed state election law (including the Act), forms promulgated by the Department of Elections, and other Party documents related to the selection of nomination methods. According to Defendants, those materials didn’t provide enough background on which the expert could have reliably formed his opinions. They contended that the expert should’ve reviewed other specific materials.Rule 702The judge reviewed the expert's proposed testimony, his qualifications, and preparation. He concluded the elections expert was qualified under Rule 702. As Defendants recognized, the expert had "significant experience with national political science." His proposed testimony applied general principles of rational choice institutionalism to the electoral procedures at issue. His testimony showed his familiarity with the Act and the Plan, he said, along with the sources at the center of the controversy. Although the expert didn’t consider every bit of evidence that Defendants considered important, "one need not be precisely informed about all details of the issues raised or even have prior experience with the particular subject the testimony concerns," Judge Urbanski wrote, quoting an earlier Circuit decision. Consequently, the judge found that the expert possessed the requisite background as a political scientist and adequately reviewed case-specific materials to offer his proposed testimony on the election issues in the case.Defendant also argued that the expert used a definition of a "closed primary" that was more restrictive than the definition relied on in Supreme Court cases, and therefore, this portion of his testimony wasn’t relevant. Because the expert's view of what constitutes a closed primary was more restrictive than the descriptions used by federal courts, Defendants argued that such a disagreement requires the court to exclude his testimony as irrelevant. However, Judge Urbanski disagreed.Defendants cited no authority for the proposition they sought to establish—that expert testimony is irrelevant if the witness disagrees with federal courts' definition of a term that describes an electoral procedure. But even assuming the definition of a "closed primary" amounts to a legal conclusion, the judge held that the experts' testimony would be admissible because it would help the trier of fact in resolving this case. Any disagreement over the definition of terms went to the weight of his testimony, not its admissibility. The expert' testimony about closed primaries wasn’t to be excluded.Finally, the conclusion to admit the expert's testimony was further bolstered by the fact that this case demanded a bench trial. The Daubert standards apply less stringently when the proposed expert testimony won’t be considered by a jury, the judge explained. While the lower Daubert standard wasn’t determinative here, Judge Urbanski said that it strengthened his conclusion that the testimony was admissible under Rule 702. 

Insurance Coverage Expert Witness 454449

Expertise Description

With over 30 years' experience in insurance coverage, my areas of expertise include insurance policy language, coverage, claims handling duties, bad faith, personal lines, commercial lines, excess/surplus, property, professional liability, and reinsurance claims. I have provided consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony for more than 5 years as an insurance coverage expert witness.

Police Procedure Expert Witness 523363

Expertise Description

I have over 30 years' experience in law enforcement & criminology. My expertise is in police policy and practice, violent crime, situational crime prevention, social disorganization and environmental criminology. I have spent more than 5 years as a police procedure expert witness by providing clients with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

School Safety Administration Expert Witness Ohio 522213

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience in school administration with a focus in education, school safety, threat assessment management, active shooter response, violence prevention, bomb incident management, and parent reunification. I have additional training in emergency planning, school safety, policy development, and violence prevention. I prior experience offering my services as a school administration expert witness.

Workplace Security Expert OH 515268

Expertise Description

I am a workplace security expert witness in Ohio with more than 30 years experience in the field of workplace and educational security. I have specialized in developing an enterprise approach to managing proprietary and contract officers, associate awareness/training, and policy development, as well as developing and managing the workplace violence assessment and executive protection. I have also designed and implemented comprehensive security standards for threat assessment and risk management functions.

Employee Relations Expert 173721

Expertise Description

My career in the field of Employee Relations has spanned over 30 years. My experience includes directing and managing all aspects of employee relations in the financial services, manufacturing, and hospitality industries. My expertise includes preventing employment claims, correcting personnel problems, and enhancing employee relations. I am also experienced in consulting on human resources matters including investigations and advice on resolution, policy development and implementation, and training on a wide array of human resources topics. I am a former employment attorney and have counseled employers on fair employment practices and affirmative action obligations and plan preparation. I have also worked as an employee relations expert witness in Texas and New York.

Public Policy Economics Expert 519399

Expertise Description

For more than 25 years, I have worked in Public Policy Analysis with expertise in economic policy, “for hire” transportation services, local economic development, the effect of local government policy on land and housing markets and small business activity. I am offering my services as a public policy analysis expert witness.

Housing Economics Expert Witness 519559

Expertise Description

My career has spanned more than two decades in the field of urban and housing economics, social policy and education with expertise in urban economics, homeownership and housing markets, immigration and housing, gateway cities for immigrants, community development, affordable housing, public finance, poverty, social policy and social innovation, and education policy. I have additional experience on how changing demographics impact U.S. housing markets, how immigrants are integrating into housing markets across the U.S., the role of the economic cycle on household formation, and how older households make housing tenure decisions as they age, immigrant integration issues in spatial labor markets and in education. For over 15 years, my experience as a housing economics expert witness has included deposition, consultations, and courtroom testimony.

Private Banking Expert 513370

Expertise Description

I have more than 30 years of experience in the field of International Private Banking with expertise in investment services. I have worked with some of the most well known financial institutions and have been involved with every aspect of wealth management. I understand how financial markets work and the factors that influence investment performance. I have prior expert witness experience.

Community Organization 502097

Expertise Description

I have more than 20 years experience in the field of Grassroots Community Organization with expertise in Popular Education. I have experience with environmental justice, techniques to build capacity in low-literacy immigrant populations so that they can conduct environmental hazard assessment in Participatory Action Research projects. I have replicated this nationally and am recognized as an expert on lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes issues. I work seamlessly at the grassroots level, with government agencies, and in the technical expert arena. I have over 15 years expert witness experience with consultation, deposition, and court testimony.

Healthcare Law 500453

Expertise Description

I have 27 years of experience, and specialize in the field of disposable diapers with specific knowledge in the areas of manufacturing, product design and intellectual property. I have published on such topics as industry trends, product benchmarking and raw material issues. I have testified on patent infringement, product design and manufacturing process. Extensive connection with diaper industry executives. I have clients in 26 countries and have audited diaper factories everywhere, from large to small. I am also well connected with OEM's and raw material suppliers

Waste Management 460901

Expertise Description

I have more than 30 years experience in the field of Solid Waste Management with expertise in local public management, solid waste planning studies, and policy evaluations in the area of waste to energy and alternative disposal methods. I have additional experience with recycling and other solid waste issues, environmental awareness and compliance, sustainability, and renewable energy. I have over 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Ski Resort Presmise Liability 425552

Expertise Description

I have more than 30 years experience in the field of Ski Area Risk Management. My extensive experience includes risk assessment / management, incident / loss data analysis, staff development and training, ski safety laws, customer services / relations, ski area operations management, ski area loss control, incident analysis, incident investigation, incident reconstruction, ski litigation management, policy design, incident investigation, operational inspections, ski safety, ski claim management, and problem solving. I have prior expert witness experience.