Environmental Site Remediation Expert Witness 532243

Expertise Description

I have spent over 30 years working with environmental site remediation. My expertise is in underground storage tanks, hazardous waste management, soil, and groundwater remediation, industrial site remediation act cases, phase i/ii/iii environmental audits, hazardous waste disposal, NPDES permit compliance, Clean Air Act permitting, and Safe Drinking Water Act compliance. I have provided consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony for more than two decades as an environmental site remediation expert witness.

Accident Reconstruction Expert’s Opinion on Driver’s Habits at Issue in Florida Case

Expertise Description

An overturned truck on an highway in an accident.A former employee of the City of Tampa filed an action for unlawful retaliation in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and the Florida Civil Rights Act ("FCRA").Plaintiff was employed as a City Solid Waste Collection Driver. At some time during his employment, he was diagnosed with a medical condition that allegedly limited one or more of his major life activities. He filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), asserting that the City failed to reasonably accommodate his disability. He then filed, pro se, a lawsuit under the ADA for disability discrimination against the City. Plaintiff was still employed by the City when he filed his pro se lawsuit.During the ADA lawsuit against the City, Plaintiff was involved in an accident involving the City's solid waste truck. While waiting to unload debris at a transfer station, Plaintiff exited the truck. He thought he had pulled the parking brake prior to getting out of the truck. However, while he was out of the vehicle, it began moving forward, went over a speed bump, and struck the vehicle causing damages. There were no injuries.The City ultimately concluded that Plaintiff hadn’t set the brake and issued a "Letter of Counseling" related to the incident because the accident was preventable. The City relied on the recommendation from its safety review committee, which concluded that Plaintiff hadn’t pulled the parking brake, as well as a traffic report and statements from a mechanic who inspected the vehicle after the accident.Plaintiff took the deposition of the City's Solid Waste Director as part of his pro se lawsuit against the City, which was still pending. The complaint alleged that within a month of his deposition, Plaintiff was given a notice of disciplinary action, accusing him of making false statements, and thus violating the City's policy on "Moral Turpitude."At a hearing, the City showed video footage of the accident, which revealed Plaintiff exiting the vehicle without setting the parking brake. Based on the video, the City terminated Plaintiff's employment for intentionally lying to the police and the City when he repeatedly maintained throughout the investigation and grievance process that he had pulled the parking brake.Plaintiff alleged that the City's stated reason for terminating his employment was "not worthy of belief." His retaliation claims were premised on the timing of Director’s deposition and Plaintiff's termination. According to Plaintiff, these two events were causally related. However, Plaintiff then admitted that he didn’t pull the parking brake. Plaintiff argued that the real reason he was terminated was that he pursued the initial discrimination case against the City.The City designated a mechanical engineer specializing in accident reconstruction as an expert witness. The expert opined that the driver of the City’s solid waste truck didn’t engage the parking brake prior to exiting the vehicle at the time of the accident. In addition, the expert said that the driver failed to put the truck in neutral and didn’t follow proper procedures.The accident reconstruction expert also concluded that the driver had a habit of not parking the vehicle properly prior to exiting because he’d done the same thing five minutes before the accident; that he knew, or should have known, that he left the vehicle in drive as he must have put it in neutral after the accident when he engaged the parking brake; and that he knew, or should have known, that he didn’t put the parking brake on since he engaged the parking brake immediately after the accident.Plaintiff moved to strike the expert’s report in its entirety. He argued that the expert improperly opined on Plaintiff's credibility; he didn’t have the adequate expertise to testify about Plaintiff's "habit" or what Plaintiff "knew or should have known;" and the expert’s testimony as to the causation of Plaintiff's accident wouldn’t assist the trier of fact.U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody Jr. wrote in his decision that before permitting expert opinion testimony, the court must make certain that the expert employs "in the courtroom the same level of intellectual rigor that characterizes the practice of the expert in the field," quoting Kumho Tire Co.The judge found that the expert's opinion must be excluded under Daubert because portions of his report were based on pure speculation. More importantly, the entire report would not assist the trier of fact. The expert, who was experienced in mechanical engineering and accident reconstruction, wasn’t qualified to testify about Plaintiff's "habit" and state of mind. His opinions weren’t based on sufficient facts or data. Moreover, Judge Moody said that no expert is truly qualified to opine on a person's credibility or state of mind—determinations typically left to the finder of fact.The expert testimony, like the expert's report, wouldn’t assist the trier of fact because Plaintiff admitted that he failed to set the parking brake. The part of the expert's report where he opined that Plaintiff didn’t engage the parking brake, didn’t put the vehicle in neutral, and didn’t follow proper procedure was superfluous because Plaintiff conceded these points.The expert's opinion, which focused on the reasonableness of Plaintiff's actions—and which was clearly not available to the City at the time that it made the decision to terminate Plaintiff—would offer no assistance to the trier of fact. Plaintiff's motion to strike Defendant's expert witness and his expert report was granted. 

Waste Management Expert Witness AZ 519990

Expertise Description

I am an experienced waste management and recycling expert witness. I have spent more than 25 years working in merger & acquisition due diligence, business development, waste management collections, landfill operational management, recycling facilities, safety, transportation and contract negotiations, as well as WastebyRail programs development and operations. I have provided consultations, courtroom testimony, and deposition for over 5 years as a waste management and recycling expert witness.

Construction Engineering Expert 530746 AL

Expertise Description

I have over spent 45 years working in the field of construction engineering. My areas of expertise include capital project development, commercial and industrial facilities; engineering design; geotechnical, structural, materials, and environmental engineering and building envelope forensics; failure investigations; building envelope and moisture intrusion studies; waste disposal systems; highway, airport, and specialized loaded pavement evaluation and design; vibration studies; and geohydrological studies and groundwater assessments. I have provided consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony for more than 35 years as a construction engineering expert witness.

Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering Santa Ana Expert 508403 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have more than 35 years of geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and construction experience. I possess extensive practical experience in the investigation and management of waste piles, landfills and lined liquid and solid waste containment ponds. I am an expert in land subsidence mitigation due to groundwater withdrawal, soil stabilization with lime, cement and fly ash, and with ground strength improvement, including the construction and monitoring of major engineered fills, and mitigation of expansive and collapsible soils. I have designed several stream-bank stabilization projects, segmental-block retaining walls, geogrid-reinforced soil, and foundation underpinning and shoring systems, including tiebacks, soil nails, rock bolts and seismic tiedowns. I have over 15 years of expert witness experience with consultation, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Workplace Safety Expert 523601 CT

Expertise Description

I have over 40 years experience in Workplace Safety specializing in Automobile/Fleet, General Liability and Workers Compensation insurance policies; OSHA training for employees; Site Safety Inspections; Accident Investigations; Hazardous waste disposal, and Health and Safety Plan development. I have spent more than a decade providing courtroom testimony, consultations, and deposition as a workplace safety expert witness.

Air Quality Expert 516606 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have more than 35 years of experience in air quality compliance and pollutant dispersion as well as air measurement programs. I am an expert in atmospheric dispersion and transport of airborne pollutants, especially over complex terrain. I have served as an expert witness in the areas of meteorology, atmospheric dispersion, and odor impacts on numerous legal cases, hearing boards, and programs that have regulatory significance. I have over 10 years of expert witness experience with consultation and deposition.

Conveyor Expert 128471 AL

Expertise Description

I have over 45 years experience specializing in handling, transport, storage and loading of unit and bulk materials by conveyor systems. My expertise includes: design of materials handling systems and conveyors of various types as in: belt conveyors, screw conveyors, roller, slider, overland, pipe, steep angle, screw, drag, bucket elevators and pneumatic. I have additional expertise in specialty mobile machines, (track, rail, and wheel mounted), stackers, reclaimers, snow loaders, mobile screening plants, self-unloading trains and ships, ship unloaders and shiploaders. My design experience includes auxiliary process equipment, truck and rail car loading and unloading systems, thaw sheds, dust collection & suppression systems, feeders, bins, hoppers, scales, mixers, screens, and crushers, all of which have been utilized by the following industries: power, mining and quarrying, aggregate, grain, aluminum, steel, minerals processing, cement, pulp & paper, ports & intermodal terminals, chemical plants, cogeneration of electricity, concrete block and brick, ore heap leaching, refineries, hazardous waste, recycling & composting. I have more than 10 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

California Contractor A And B Expert 45117 AZ

Expertise Description

I have over 35 years experience as a registered civil engineer and licensed engineering contractor with mold, asbestos, hazardous waste site remediation, geotechnical construction, earth retention, foundation construction, earthwork, waste treatment technology, civil construction, construction disputes, project management, slope stabilization, accident reconstruction, and forensic engineering. I have more than 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Ceramic Engineering Expert 34369 MO

Expertise Description

I have over 20 years experience as a ceramics engineer with hands-on knowledge of processes related to ceramics, glass, and fiberglass production, management, and marketing, including: natural gas / oxygen combustion systems for furnaces; burner hardware; forming processes; waste management strategies; nuclear waste vitrification; environmental abatement; corrosion testing; industrial gas production; and combustion technology. My expertise includes the automotive, bio-medical, defense, electronics, and nuclear fields. I have experience with previous expert witness analysis, investigations, affidavits, and testimony on combustion equipment, fractology examinations, industrial furnaces, industrial process engineering, and materials failure. I have more than 10 years expert witness experience.

Pollution Prevention Expert 28193 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 40 experience in chemical engineering. My areas of expertise include air pollution control, accidental release prevention / risk management program, storm water pollution prevention, hazardous waste management, chemical and Refinery processes, environmental project management, CAL/OSHA, and air quality compliance.

Construction Osha Safety Expert 17897 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have more than 50 years experience in the field of mechanical engineering. My areas of expertise include construction safety and inspection, industrial/manufacturing safety, training programs, personal injury/property, material handling equipment (hoists, cranes, rigging, lifts, etc.), accident reconstruction, plant machinery and equipment, hazardous waste controls, undersea oil and mining, and forensic investigation. I have more than 10 years expert witness experience.

Industrial Hygiene Assessment Expert 8782 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 30 years experience in industrial hygiene and environmental assessment issues. My expertise includes identifying, evaluating and controlling hazardous conditions in varied industrial and non-industrial environments. I also have experience in providing technical direction during projects involving industrial hygiene (indoor air quality, noise and noise control), safety engineering (hazardous material handling/storage, personal protective equipment), hazard assessment (asbestos, petroleum hydrocarbons, lead, etc., gas testing, waste management/analysis), environmental accident investigation and prevention; and health and safety training. I have more than 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Environmental Services Expert 500787 MA

Expertise Description

I have more than 25 years experience in the field of Environmental Services for the Healthcare Industry and Educational Facilities with expertise in technical support for the Healthcare, Education, and Gaming sectors. This support includes consulting with facilities on, resource (labor) allocation (staffing/work-loading), quality assurance audits and programs, wasted reduction and recycling programs, linen usage programs, laundry operations, linen procurement, as well as linen/laundry contracts. I have additional experience with walk-off/entrance matting programs, regulatory compliance surveys, departmental operational reviews, market analysis to determine In-House vs. Outsourcing viability and implications, employee recruitment, hiring, retention, training, new and emerging technologies, “GREEN” or “Environmentally Sustainable” Initiatives, offsite buildings, collective bargaining agreements (CBA’s), and outside cleaning contracts.

Water Waste Treatement Expert 435761 AL

Expertise Description

I have more than 35 years experience in the field of Water and Waste Treatment with expertise in environmental engineering, industrial process engineering, petrochemical processing, and sales and marketing. I have experience with remediation of contaminated soils, ground water, hazardous waste treatment and disposal, supply water and wastewater treatment, and wastewater plant design and process control. I have additional knowledge of biokinectic modeling, boiler & cooler water treatment desalting, oil side corrosion, fouling prevention, laboratory analytical methods, waster water recovery, polymer technology, EPA, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), and microbiological analyses. I have over 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Waste Management Expert 460901 CT

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.

Materials Safety Expert 426409 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience in the field of Chemical and Materials Safety. My experience includes incident investigations and assessments for industrial, commercial, and domestic applications. I am highly knowledgeable in chemical material analysis; air emissions; chemical and material forensics; petrochemical characterization; unknown material identification; failure analysis plastic metal; incident root cause; chemical material interactions; mechanical testing materials; failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA); soil, water, gas, testing, and analysis; chemical handling; chemical safety and exposure; EPA, OSHA, and federal standards. My additional experience consists of automobile fuel tank skid plate material, plastic bilge pump failure investigation, street paint pressure vessels, tiki torch burn injuries, carbon monoxide exposure, and industrial metal plating substances. My applications and experience includes plastics, metal alloys, composites, fuels, lubricants, compressed gases, dusts, emissions and all variety of chemicals. I have more than 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Geology And Hydrogeology Expert 46424 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have more than 25 years experience in the field of Geology and Hydrogeology. My expertise consists of geologic and hydrogeologic characterization, industrial storm water compliance, CEQA review, investigation, and remediation strategies. I am highly involved with environmental policy concerning hazardous waste, water resources, water quality, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and geologic hazards. I am also knowledgeable in perchlorate contamination, estimation of clean-up costs, and impediments to intrinsic remediation. I have over 10 years expert witness experience.

Environmental Compliance Expert 315515 CA(S)

Expertise Description

P.E., Ph.D. – Consulting expert with experience in the field of Environmental Compliance and Engineering. Experience includes water quality and water supply; methane gas mitigation; municipal solid waste handling; waste-to-energy conversion; design, siting and integration of desalination, water recycling, and solid waste recycling facilities; environmental assessment and remediation of industrial facilities; water usage; petroleum products distribution; and large-diameter pipelines and pipe network hydraulics and design. Additional experience consists of water distribution networks, potable water supply, methane, mathematical modeling, pipeline system optimization, facilities optimization, and water treatment facilities. Prior expert witness experience.

Environmental Management Expert 134927 TX

Expertise Description

I have more than 20 years experience in Environmental Management with special focus in commercial, industrial, and oil and gas real estate industries. My expertise includes real property assessment and characterization, clean-up, and closure in the commercial, industrial, oil and gas, and healthcare industries; industrial compliance auditing, oil and gas real estate clean-up, underground storage tank project management, asbestos consulting, lead-based paint management, and industrial hygiene/indoor environmental quality consulting, including mold/fungus assessment, testing, and remediation. I have over 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Portable Sanitation Expert 127890 WI

Expertise Description

I have more than 35 years experience Portable Sanitation. My experience includes all operational areas of portable restroom rental / septic tank cleaning & repair, including finance, strategic planning, marketing, sales, purchasing, and inventory.

Hazardous Waste Management Expert 344200 IN

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience in Environmental and Hazardous Waste Management. My expertise includes: hazardous waste regulations; HWC MACT compliance testing programs; PC MACT compliance testing programs; environmental compliance audit; waste recycling patents; permit applications; and calculation of emission estimates and emission rates. I have more than 10 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.