DRI Faculty List

Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel | New Orleans, LA | March 23 - 24, 2017

Robert F. Bettler, Jr., Ph.D.

Robert F. Bettler, Jr., Ph.D., heads the Atlanta office of DecisionQuest. He has 20 years' experience in trial consulting, conducting numerous qualitative and quantitative jury research projects and serving as a trial consultant in a wide array of cases. Dr. Bettler draws upon his experience as a statistician whose research has been published in the peer-reviewed literature to implement methodological and analytical innovations in juror profiling. He has taught personality theory and assessment, statistics and advanced social psychology courses at the University of Louisville.

Jonathan Benjamin Borak, M.D.
Yale School of Public Health

Jonathan Benjamin Borak, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University. He received his BA with Honors from Amherst College and earned his MD at New York University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital, was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at McGill University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Internal Medicine at Yale University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Toxicology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Borak is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, and Occupational Medicine. He served for ten years as Chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and has received numerous awards from ACOEM including the Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award, the Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit Recognition, and the George H. Gerchman Memorial Prize. He has also received the Harriet Hardy Award of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Elizabeth M. Sorenson Brotten
Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson

Elizabeth M. Sorenson Brotten focuses her practice on defending product manufacturers, suppliers, and installers in high-risk product liability and toxic tort cases. Her experience includes coordinating the nationwide defense efforts of a regional roofing and siding contractor in asbestos litigation, representing clients in all phases of discovery, arguing dispositive and pretrial motions, and handling appeals. Liz is also experienced in commercial litigation matters. She has successfully defended manufacturers from breach-of-contract claims and claims of violations of dealership protection laws. A native of northwestern North Dakota, Liz also assists clients in the agricultural and oil and gas industries with drafting and negotiating agreements essential to their business operations. Liz has tried cases to verdict in both Minnesota and North Dakota. Liz is active in the defense bar and currently serves on national steering committees for DRI's Toxic Tort and Environmental Law, Women in the Law, and Young Lawyers Committees. Locally, Liz is Vice Chair of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association's Products Liability Committee.

Richard E. Byrne
ExxonMobil Pipeline Company

Richard E. Byrne is General Counsel for ExxonMobil Pipeline Company. Previously, he worked on several emergency response matters and internal investigations in ExxonMobil's Environmental & Safety Law section. Before joining ExxonMobil, he spent twenty years with the U.S. Department of Justice where he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in Florida, Washington, D.C., and Illinois. He has extensive litigation experience, having prosecuted over forty federal criminal trials.

Thomas Campbell
The ServiceMaster Company

Thomas Campbell is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of The ServiceMaster Company, responsible for enterprise risk management; litigation; labor and employment; and marketing, intellectual property and contracts. Before joining ServiceMaster, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, specializing in complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage, products liability and toxic tort defense. He is on the advisory board of the American Red Cross of the Mid-South.

Kimberly A. Connick
Harris Beach PLLC

Kimberly A. Connick, an associate at Harris Beach PLLC, focuses her practice in the areas of complex litigation including toxic torts, products liability, catastrophic injury and general liability defense on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, insurers and their insureds. Kimberly is a senior member of the team serving as the settlement coordinating counsel on behalf of insurance carriers for a consolidated mass tort in the Southern District of New York. In this role, Kimberly is responsible for drafting and coordinating the execution of individual settlement documents resolving claims of plaintiffs against defendants, drafting ancillary settlement documents and acting as a liaison between defense counsel, plaintiff's counsel, and the court regarding issues affecting all settlements. Kimberly served as a senior member of the defense team for the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation in the Southern District of New York, representing landowners, environmental consultants and construction companies in actions filed by thousands of recovery workers who allegedly developed respiratory illnesses as a result of exposure to nanoparticles, heavy metals, asbestos, dusts, fuel oil and other toxins at and around Ground Zero. While in law school at Hofstra University, Kimberly served as an executive board member of the Moot Court Association and was on the Rendings National Products Liability Competition team which was awarded Best Respondent Brief. At graduation she was awarded the Tort Law Courses Award. While obtaining her degree, Kimberly also worked as corporate counsel for a major auto-insurance company preparing motions for summary judgment and appeals.

Sneha Desai
Associate General Counsel
BASF Corporation

Sneha Desai is Associate General Counsel, Litigation at BASF Corporation, the North American subsidiary of the world's largest chemical company. She joined BASF in January 2008, after specializing in complex commercial litigation at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York. She has responsibility for managing the company's litigation portfolio, and overseeing litigation-related policies and procedures (including legal hold protocols, e-billing, e-discovery and audit/reserve setting).

Judi L. Durda
Integral Consulting Inc.

Judi L. Durda is Vice President and Principal Toxicologist at Integral Consulting Inc. She is a toxicologist and ecologist with more than 25 years of experience in the health and environmental science fields, working on behalf of both government and private clients. She specializes in using science and science-based strategies to address complex technical issues related to the manufacture, use, or disposal of chemicals, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.

David L. Faigman
John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor
University of California Hastings College of Law

David L. Faigman is the Acting Chancellor & Dean and John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and holds an appointment as Professor in the School of Medicine (Dept. of Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco. He received both his M.A. (Psychology) and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Professor Faigman clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is the author of over 50 articles and essays, and has published in a variety of outlets, including the Chicago, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Northwestern law reviews, Science, Sociological Methods & Research and Nature Reviews Neuroscience. He is also the author of three books, Constitutional Fictions: A Unified Theory of Constitutional Facts (Oxford, 2008), Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court's 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law(Henry Holt & Co. 2004) and Legal Alchemy: The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law (W.H. Freeman,1999). In addition, Professor Faigman is a co-author/co-editor of the five-volume treatise Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (with Blumenthal, Cheng, Mnookin, Murphy & Sanders). The treatise has been cited widely by courts, including several times by the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Faigman was a member of the National Academies of Science panel that investigated the scientific validity of polygraphs and he is a member of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Network. Professor Faigman is also the co-founder and CEO of JuriLytics, LLC, a company that brings high level academic peer review to expert testimony. JuriLytics provides this service for both lawyers and judges. See www.jurilytics. com

Samuel A. Flewelling, Ph.D.

Samuel A. Flewelling, Ph.D., is a principal scientist at Gradient who specializes in the behavior of chemicals and fluids in the environment, including chemical transport through groundwater and surface water, fluid-rock interactions, and underground migration of multiple fluid phases (i.e., DNAPL and LNAPL). He has published peer reviewed papers on a variety of topics ranging from the natural controls on agricultural chemical migration through the landscape to the potential for hydraulic fracturing fluid to migrate through fractures and faults to shallow drinking water resources. As a consultant during the past 10+ years, he has applied in-depth knowledge of fluid-mediated processes to solve a range of complex challenges associated with the oil and gas, electric power, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical, mining, agrichemical, and waste disposal sectors. This work has included site-specific evaluations (e.g., CERCLA sites) as well as large-scale assessments of the potential transport and effects of chemicals across entire states or countries.

Stephanie G. Flynn
Smith Moore Leatherwood

Stephanie G. Flynn is a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, in Greenville, SC. Her practice consists of general civil defense litigation with an emphasis in toxic torts, products liability, railroad litigation and appellate work. She is serving as the program vice chair of this seminar.

Gary S. Gildin
Dickinson Law, Pennsylvania State University

Gary S. Gildin is Interim Dean and Professor of Law at Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law, where he holds the G. Thomas and Anne G. Miller Chair in Advocacy. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Stanford Law School, Mr. Gildin was an associate in the Chicago law firm Sonnenschein Carlin Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons) before coming to Dickinson Law.

John S. Guttmann
Beveridge & Diamond PC

John S. Guttmann is a principal in the law firm Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. and is based in its Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on toxic tort, product liability, environmental and natural resource damages litigation. He represents clients in a range of industries including oil and gas, chemicals, defense, real estate and consumer products. Over the past 34 years, Mr. Guttmann has litigated nationally in federal and state courts, including bench and jury trials.

The Honorable Madeline H. Haikala
U.S. District Court, Northen Dist of AL

The Honorable Madeline H. Haikala was appointed by President Obama to serve as a judge in the Northern District of Alabama in 2013, after serving one year as a federal Magistrate Judge. She practiced law for over two decades with Lightfoot, Franklin & White in Birmingham, specializing in both trial and appellate work. She has served as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law, and has held leadership roles in a variety of professional and community organizations.

Charlotte J. Haug, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Affiliate - Stanford Health Policy

Charlotte J. Haug, M.D., Ph.D., writes, speaks and consults on innovations in health care, scholarly communication and scientific publishing. She is an International Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine and Adjunct Affiliate at Stanford Health Policy. Haug is an M.D., Ph D. from the University of Oslo, Norway, specializing in infectious diseases and immunology, and has a master's degree in Health Services Research from Stanford University. She was editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association from 2002-2015.

Brent D. Kerger, Ph.D., DABT
Exponent Inc

Brent D. Kerger, Ph.D., DABT, is a board-certified toxicologist with over 33 years of experience in environmental chemistry, exposure and health risk assessment, applied toxicology, and disease causation analysis. He provides scientific and strategic consultation regarding regulatory and litigation matters including 25 years of experience as an expert witness and/or expert team coordinator. He has in-depth expertise regarding asbestos, talc, dioxins/furans, PCBs, PAHs, chlorinated solvents, benzene/petroleum products, irritant gases, diacetyl/flavoring chemicals, and heavy metals.

Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy.D.
Litigation Insights

Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy.D., is Director of Jury Research at Litigation Insights. She has assisted counsel during jury selection and with daily trial monitoring in venues across the country, with particular focus on toxic tort and product liability matters. She draws from her backgrounds in law, psychology, and jury research to draft juror questionnaires, voir dire, jury instructions, and verdict forms. Through her experience conducting focus groups, mock trials, and shadow juries, she has analyzed hundreds of mock jurors, in addition to interviewing jurors post-verdict.

F. Charles (Chip) Marionneaux
Litigation Counsel
Bienvenu Bonnecaze Foco

F. Charles (Chip) Marionneaux is with Bienvenu Bonnecaze Foco in Baton Rouge, LA. Prior to joining his present firm he was litigation counsel at Westlake Chemical Corporation, an international marketer of chemicals and building products, and previously held that same position at Axiall Corporation. Before joining Axiall in 2014, he was a partner at Marionneaux & Marionneaux in Plaquemine, Louisiana, where he defended industrial clients in mass tort and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Marionneaux is a past president of the 18th Judicial District Bar Association and a member of a number of other legal associations.

Daniel W. McGrath
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Daniel W. McGrath, a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago, represents major manufacturers, distributors, and service provider businesses in product liability, toxic tort, environmental, medical device, construction and commercial matters. He regularly defends clients in consolidated, mass tort and multi-district litigation in a variety of jurisdictions as well as in national and regional forums. With more than 30 years of trial and litigation experience, Mr. McGrath has represented clients in a broad variety of product liability cases including matters where chemicals, coatings, appliances, foods, beverages, outdoor power equipment, glass, lawn and garden equipment, medical devices and equipment, and fluid control equipment were at issue in the federal and state courts of 13 states. Mr. McGrath is the Leader of Hinshaw's Product Liability Practice Group and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He was, when a non-equity partner, selected by his peers at the firm to be its first elected representative serving on the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. McGrath is also immediate past chairperson of DRI's Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee. DRI appointed Mr. McGrath as Chairperson of the Jury Trial Preservation Task Force and to the Select Nominating Committee for selection of DRI officers and directors in 2015.

Mary K. McLemore
Senior Counsel
Georgia Pacific

Mary K. McLemore is Senior Litigation Counsel at Georgia-Pacific LLC. Ms. McLemore manages a variety of complex litigation matters, with particular emphasis in toxic tort litigation. Before Georgia-Pacific, she worked at The Dow Chemical Company and spent several years in private practice, both in Michigan and Georgia. Ms. McLemore is a member of the Michigan and Georgia bars.

The Honorable Clare Elizabeth McWilliams
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County

The Honorable Clare Elizabeth McWilliams has served as a judge in the Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court since 2004, after a 16-year career in private practice. She presently serves in the Court's Law Division Jury Section and presides over complex litigation matters, including chemical exposure and asbestos suits, medical and other professional malpractice cases, and construction litigation. She was appointed supervising judge of the Cook County Asbestos Calendar in August, 2013 and currently manages that call. Judge McWilliams frequently participates in continuing legal education seminars throughout the State of Illinois. She is also an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Richard (Rick) G. Morgan
Bowman and Brooke LLP

Richard (Rick) G. Morgan has a national reputation for his aggressive defense of high-exposure litigation across a spectrum of industries. His practice encompasses product liability, commercial, class action and intellectual property litigation involving chemical and electronic products, drug and medical devices, food products and toxic torts for a host of Global 500 companies and industry leaders. Acknowledged by his opponents as "one of the best cross-examiners" in practice, Rick honed his reputation for efficiency as a federal prosecutor, and his ability to enthrall juries as a political pundit. Rick has served on the Minnesota Law School board. He is chair of Bowman and Brooke's strategic planning committee and has previously served on the firm's executive and management committees.

Joseph Myers
Storyshop Films

Joseph Myers is a documentary film director. He has directed many feature documentaries for which has received prominent awards. His nationally broadcast documentaries include "Telling Amy's Story," "A Road to Independence," "The Grange Fair: An American Tradition," and "World on Trial" (episodes 1 and 2). Recounting a domestic violence homicide, "Telling Amy's Story" was one of seven U.S. selections at INPUT 2011 in South Korea. Joe is currently developing the original transmedia project and tv series "You Can't Say That" to air nationally on Public Television, as well as the second episode of "World On Trial" about the legality of U.S. Drone strikes. "You Can't Say That" was recently selected for presentation at INPUT 2013 in El Salvador. Joe's work has been seen on PBS, WORLD, NETA, APT, and the Discovery Networks among others. Previous to storyshop, Joe served as Creative Director at Penn State Public Broadcasting.

Timothy P. Pastoor, Ph.D., DABT
Pastoor Science Communications LLC

Timothy P. Pastoor, Ph.D., DABT, obtained his Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Michigan, is certified by the American Board of Toxicology (DABT), and is a long-standing, active member of the Society of Toxicology. Dr. Pastoor has over 30 years of international experience in fundamental toxicity testing, mode of action research, and human health risk assessment. Dr. Pastoor retired in 2015 from Syngenta as Principal Scientist and founded the company Pastoor Science Communications, LLC that is centered around his passion for sound science, communicated well. For the majority of his career, including positions with DuPont, ICI, Zeneca, Novartis, and Syngenta, Dr. Pastoor led toxicology and risk assessment experts in the conduct of safety, health, and environmental studies to assess risk to humans and the environment. In those roles, he was involved in toxicological research projects and product development and was frequently asked to interact with media, community groups, legislators, and regulatory agencies. He is a frequent lecturer on toxicology and risk assessment subjects. In addition to being founder and CEO of Pastoor Science Communications, he is president of the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), a DC based non-profit organization dedicated to engaging scientists from academia, government, industry, research institutes, and NGOs to identify and resolve global health and environmental issues.

Megan L. Pizor
Litigation Management Inc.

Megan L. Pizor earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio. Ms. Pizor graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Akron. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration. During her career at LMI, Ms. Pizor has served as the Manager of Client Relations, where she worked closely with clients in the development and monitoring of comprehensive discovery strategies for the defense of large-scale litigation. Ms. Pizor has specific expertise in litigation support operations and is experienced in affirmative discovery strategic planning and project management. In her current position, Ms. Pizor solidifies new and existing client relationships by serving as a liaison between clients and LMI management, identifying and developing new product lines, and monitoring and improving business development and operational metrics. She also has experience in general litigation and legal compliance, with a focus on information privacy and security. Ms. Pizor is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the American Bar Association(ABA), the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), and was the 2011 president of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP).

Megan L. Pizor
Executive Project Director
Litigation Management, Inc.

Megan L. Pizor earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio. Ms. Pizor graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Akron. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration. During her career at LMI, Ms. Pizor has served as the Manager of Client Relations, where she worked closely with clients in the development and monitoring of comprehensive discovery strategies for the defense of large-scale litigation. Ms. Pizor has specific expertise in litigation support operations and is experienced in affirmative discovery strategic planning and project management. In her current position, Ms. Pizor solidifies new and existing client relationships by serving as a liaison between clients and LMI management, identifying and developing new product lines, and monitoring and improving business development and operational metrics. She also has experience in general litigation and legal compliance, with a focus on information privacy and security. Ms. Pizor is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the American Bar Association(ABA), the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), and was the 2011 president of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP).

E. Todd Presnell
Bradley LLP

E. Todd Presnell is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. He represents major corporations, small businesses, governmental entities, tax-exempt organizations, and individuals in their litigation-related needs and has appeared in trial and appellate courts across the country.

Stephen Rahaim
E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company

Stephen Rahaim is Chief Environmental Counsel for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in Wilmington, Delaware. As Chief Counsel, Mr. Rahaim manages DuPont's global compliance function for environmental, safety and health issues and represents the Company in litigation and negotiations with state and federal agencies. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Rahaim maintained a diverse environmental practice as a Partner with Baker Hostetler and Duane Morris.

The Honorable Carlton Reeves
U.S. District Court, Southern Dist of Mississippi

The Honorable Carlton Reeves is a federal judge in the Southern District of Mississippi. Judge Reeves began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice Reuben Anderson of the Mississippi Supreme Court, and later worked as a staff attorney for the court. He was an associate with Phelps Dunbar; an Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Civil Division for the Southern District of Mississippi; and a litigation partner at Pigott Reeves Johnson, P.A., a firm he co-founded in 2001.

Charles L. Rice
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.

Charles L. Rice has served as president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. since June 2010. At different times, Mr. Rice also worked as Entergy's senior counsel, manager of labor relations litigation support, utility strategy director, and regulatory affairs director. He served as City Attorney and Chief Administrative Officer of the City of New Orleans from 2002-05. He also was in private practice at the Barasso Usdin and Jones Walker law firms in New Orleans.

Tracey Keegan Rice
Schick & Copeland

Tracey Keegan Rice is a partner at Schick & Copeland. She began her career at Vinson & Elkins, where she worked on commercial disputes, personal injury suits, product liability cases, and white collar criminal investigations. After six years, she decided to leave big law and embark on a new challenge. At a smaller firm, she enjoys representing clients of all sizes and getting to the courthouse more frequently.

James D. Robenalt
Thompson Hine LLP

James D. Robenalt is a partner in Thompson Hine's Business Litigation practice group. He has been named as one of America's Leading Lawyers in the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers. Jim has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Since 2000, Jim has won major trials and arbitrations in complex litigation involving over $161 million. He has also defended major construction cases, tax cases and professional malpractice cases. Jim has partnered with John W. Dean, Nixon's White House Counsel, to create a national continuing education program entitled "The Watergate CLE." See www.watergatecle.com. Jim is a member of the Advisory Board for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. He is also an instructor for National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Scott Slater
Siemens Corporation

Scott Slater is Senior Litigation Counsel with Siemens Corporation. He manages a docket comprised of toxic tort, commercial contract, and product liability actions. He previously served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation Division, and Homeland Security. Before that, Scott worked as an associate at Jones Day, where he handled significant mass tort and other cases.

Michelle S. Spak
Duke Energy Corporation

Michelle S. Spak is Associate General Counsel for Duke Energy Corporation. Ms. Spak manages a variety of litigation, including tort, environmental, employment, commercial, and shareholder litigation. Before joining Duke, Ms. Spak was an attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas, Texas, specializing in complex commercial litigation, and served as a law clerk for Judge Michael McConnell on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Spak is a member of Texas Bar and North Carolina Bar.

Carmen R. Toledo
King & Spalding

Carmen R. Toledo is a partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, where she concentrates her prac-tice on toxic tort, environmental and other complex litigation matters. She has handled individual, mass joinder and class action cases throughout the US, both at the trial and appellate levels. She is a frequent speaker on diversity and mentoring issues. She is serving as the program chair of this seminar.

Norman A. Varney
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Norman A. Varney is Associate General Counsel – Energy, Environment, Safety & Health for Lockheed Martin Corporation, providing counsel on remediation, compliance, litigation, risk management, business development, and disclosures. Recently, he led ESH efforts on the acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft. Until 2011, Mr. Varney headed the ESH function for Lockheed Martin's former Electronic Systems business area. Mr. Varney began practicing environmental law with General Electric Company.

Jim Wedeking
Sidley Austin LLP

Jim Wedeking is an environmental litigator in the Washington, DC offices of Sidley Austin LLP, where he represents large companies and industry trade associations in the oil and gas, electric power, chemical manufacturing, mining, and agricultural industries in both trial and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies. His experience includes the defense of criminal and civil enforcement actions, toxic torts, permit appeals, rulemaking challenges, and complex civil litigation. He is an active member of the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee.

Carol M. Wood
King & Spalding

Carol M. Wood, the head of King & Spalding's Tort and Environmental Practice Group, focuses her practice on U.S. environmental and toxic tort litigation, as well as environmental claims arising under international treaties and commercial contracts. Her practice includes the application and interpretation of U.S. and international environmental statutes and regulations. Ms. Wood has extensive experience in defending energy companies in environmental disputes, in both domestic and international forums, including the oil and gas and mining industries. She has developed an expertise in the science underlying most environmental disputes, including human health and ecological risk assessments; fate and transport analysis; and remediation standards and methods. Ms. Wood has experience with petroleum constituents, metals, radioactive materials, chlorinated solvents, PCBs, and other contaminants. She specializes in taking complex technical concepts and presenting them to fact finders in simple, understandable terms. Ms. Wood joined the firm in 1989 after spending seven years as a Senior Legislative Aide in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where she advised on environmental legislation and regulation.

Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., PG, LSP
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., PG, LSP, is President and CEO of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., a leading consultanting and engineering firm that assists private and public clients to address challenges involving the environment, natural resources and infrastructure. Peter has more than 20 years of experience focused on investigation and remediation strategy at some of the most challenging sites in the country, including CERCLA-regulated sites in New England and the Midwest, as well as numerous state-regulated sites. Specializing in site investigations, modeling, pilot tests, remedial strategy development/ alternatives analyses, and full-scale remedy design for more than 20 years, Peter serves as the technical lead for hydrogeological, chemical fate and transport, and monitored natural attenuation evaluations on project teams. Based on his experience and qualifications, he is often retained as a consulting or testifying expert for litigation matters. Among his clients are AstraZeneca, DuPont, Invensys, Shell, Merck, as well as many others. As a consultant, Peter has written more than 25 publications on groundwater and soil remediation, groundwater fate and transport, and vapor intrusion.