DRI Faculty List

Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar

Sheraton New Orleans | New Orleans | March 14 - 15, 2019


Kimberly Leue Bick
Bick Law LLP

Kimberly Leue Bick is the founding and co-managing partner of Bick Law LLP, a woman-owned firm. Kimberly practices exclusively environmental law, representing a diverse array of industries in litigation, enforcement, and corporate transactional work involving environmental issues. She provides environmental counseling to corporations pertaining to regulations and business operations, corporate transactions, sale of commercial properties, products manufacturing and sale, and waste management. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kimberly was an environmental engineer working in the aerospace industry. Kimberly is the Program Vice Chair for the 2019 DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar.


Andrew B. Bittner, MEng, PE
Gradient

Andrew B. Bittner, MEng, PE is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience specializing in the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, groundwater and surface water modeling, and corrective actions. He has particular expertise in evaluating transport of coal combustion constituents from historic disposal facilities. In these areas, he has served in consulting and testifying roles. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from MIT and Bachelors Degrees in Physics and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Linda Mirsky Brenneman
BASF Corporation

Linda Mirsky Brenneman is BASF Corporation's Associate General Counsel, Environmental. For the last 11 years, she has managed a full docket of regulatory matters involving waste, water, air, contamination, and occupational safety and health compliance for the company's U.S. facilities and operations, as well as providing environmental support for the company's corporate acquisitions. In addition, in her current position, she manages all of the company's U.S. environmental lawyers. Before joining BASF, Ms. Brenneman was a partner at Bressler Amery & Ross.


Kandi Brown
NewFields Government Services LLC

Kandi Brown is President and CEO of NewFields Government Services, LLC (NGS), a woman-owned, environmental consulting firm headquartered in Knoxville, TN. Ms. Brown has a proven record in complex environmental restoration ranging from site identification through closure under RCRA and CERCLA. Currently, Ms. Brown is supporting the USAF's Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) Initiative in investigation, fate and transport analysis, restoration, 3rd party liability analysis, water supply and treatment, and water management in Active Management Areas


William W. Buzbee
Georgetown University Law Center

William W. Buzbee teaches at Georgetown University Law Center. He focuses on environmental law, administrative law, and constitutional law. His books include Fighting Westway, Preemption Choice, and Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (co-authored). He frequently testifies before congressional committees and contributes to appellate and Supreme Court amicus briefs. He has also published opinion pieces on regulatory issues in the New York Times, The Hill, and CNN. He graduated from Amherst and Columbia Law School and clerked for Judge Jose Cabranes.


John L. Carroll
Samford University Cumberland School of Law

John L. Carroll is a Professor of Law at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham. He graduated from Tufts University and has law degrees from Samford University (J.D.) and Harvard University (LL.M.). He has been a practicing lawyer, a United States Magistrate Judge and a law school dean. For over 25 years, he has acted as a mediator in a wide variety of cases including toxic tort and environmental matters.


Chloé M. Chetta
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

Chloé M. Chetta practices complex civil litigation, with special emphasis on commercial litigation and appellate practice. Before joining private practice, Chloé served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen A. Higginson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to the Honorable Sarah S. Vance of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.


John C. Childs
Assistant General Counsel - Litigation
Georgia-Pacific LLC

John C. Childs is Georgia-Pacific LLC's Assistant General Counsel, Litigation. In this position he is responsible for all of Georgia-Pacific's litigation, except employment and labor. Georgia-Pacific is an Atlanta, GA based private company owned by Koch Industries, Inc. His duties also include the management of the defense of the extensive asbestos personal injury litigation filed throughout the country. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific, Mr. Childs was an equity partner in Sonnenschien, Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Previously he had been a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago (1997-1999) and Popham Haik in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1981-1997). Throughout his career in private practice he was a civil trial lawyer who practiced primarily in multi-party, multi-jurisdictional toxic tort, products liability and complex commercial litigation. He tried to verdict more than 35 jury trials in both state and federal courts, and argued numerous appeals before state supreme courts and various federal appellate courts.


Timothy J. Coughlin
Partner
Thompson Hine LLP

Timothy J. Coughlin is chair of the Mass & Toxic Tort Group and leads our Chemical Industry Group, a multidisciplinary practice group focused on finding creative solutions to our clients' concerns and issues in the chemical industry. Tim is the Firm's representative to the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council and SOCMA. He focuses his litigation practice on mass and class action toxic torts, product liability, and commercial litigation, on a national basis. Tim has represented our clients in over twenty-three states and Canada. Tim is the lead counsel for a number of chemical companies and the industry trade association on national litigation involving chemical exposures. Tim is the 2014-2016 Committee Chair of the Defense Research Institute's Toxic Tort Environmental Law Committee (Committee Vice Chair 2013 and 2014) and former member of DRI's Corporate Counsel Roundtable Steering Committee.


William S. (Buddy) Cox III
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

William S. (Buddy) Cox IIIrepresents clients in environmental and toxic tort cases across the United States. Buddy advises clients facing property damage and personal injury lawsuits, administrative claims from state and federal regulatory agencies, disputes involving clean-up costs at remediation sites under the Superfund Act or CERCLA, and natural resources damages claims. He helps companies and individuals navigate the complex environmental laws and regulations that govern chemical manufacturing, wood treatment, hazardous or solid waste disposal facilities, and brownfield redevelopment.


Peter A. Drucker
AkzoNobel NV

Peter A. Drucker serves as Director, Global Litigation for Akzo Nobel, a leading producer of paint and coatings headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mr. Drucker has worked for AkzoNobel and its predecessor ICI since 2001. He and a team of lawyers located in regional offices manage commercial, toxic tort, product liability, environmental, antitrust, and insurance coverage litigation for Akzo Nobel throughout the world. He is also responsible for the company's team of health, safety and environmental lawyers.


Alana E. Fortna
Associate
Babst Calland Clements and Zomnir PC

Alana E. Fortna is a litigation attorney with Babst Calland in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in the environmental context, and she has defended clients in jurisdictions across the country. She has handled private allocation proceedings and cost recovery actions under CERCLA and state statutes, citizens' suits under the Clean Water Act and RCRA, and administrative appeals and court actions involving environmental permits. She is an active member of DRI's Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee.


Alison Gauthier, MSPH, CIH
Exponent

Alison Gauthier, MSPH, CIH consults on industrial hygiene, product stewardship, and risk assessment issues. She applies her background in biology and public health to exposure assessments, product safety evaluations, and green chemistry in the context of alternatives assessments and Proposition 65. She holds an MSPH and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist.


Megan S. Glowacki
Thompson Hine LLP

Megan S. Glowacki is an attorney at Thompson Hine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Megan primarily represents employers, working on a daily basis with General Counsel and Human Resources professionals on a vast array of employment issues. From hiring to terminations and everything in between, Megan spends most of her time counseling, but also defends employment claims, including discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour class actions, in state and federal court.


John S. Guttmann
Principal
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. John is the Chair of the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee.


Robert F. Helminiak
Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates

Robert F. Helminiak is the Vice President of SOCMA's Government Relations team. He leads the association's advocacy efforts on issues impacting the specialty chemical industry. Helminiak previously served as Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs for the Plastics Industry Association, where he worked with government agencies to develop and implement programs and foster partnerships with stakeholders and other groups to benefit the plastics industry. He has also represented the propane industry and the HVAC industry while with the National Propane Gas Association and the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and a law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.


Jeffrey R. Holmstead
Bracewell LLP

Jeffrey R. Holmstead is the co-chair of the Environmental Strategies Group at Bracewell LLP. From 1989 to 1993, he worked on the White House staff of President George H.W. Bush, where he worked on a wide range of environmental issues. In 2001, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to be the head of the EPA Air Office – a position he held longer than anyone else in EPA history.


Jeffrey A. Holmstrand
Partner
Grove Holmstrand & Delk PLLC

Jeffrey A. Holmstrand is a member at Grove, Holmstrand & Delk, PLLC, in Wheeling, West Virginia. His practice focusses on defending products liability claims, including those brought against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers; mass torts/class actions of all sorts; and complex insurance disputes. AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, he has been named a Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the areas of Appellate Practice, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants.


William J. (Bill) Hubbard
Partner
Thompson Hine LLP

William J. (Bill) Hubbard is a partner in Thompson Hine LLP's Product Liability and Construction practice groups. He focuses on mass tort and class action litigation and risk avoidance concerning commercial, consumer, and building products, and claims involving architects, engineers, and other construction professionals. He regularly appears in numerous cases throughout the United States and is a member of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates and the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council. Bill is the Program Chair for the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar.


Stefan John
BASF Corporation

Stefan John is a delegate from BASF Headquarters in Germany serving as SVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for BASF North America. He joined BASF in 2014. Prior positions include chief admin officer with a German maker of building materials, in-house counsel with the transportation arm of General Electric and associate at a law firm in New York City. Stefan is a graduate from the faculty of law at the Free University in Berlin. He is married with three children.


Eric L. Klein
Principal
Beveridge & Diamond PC

Eric L. Klein is an environmental civil litigator and regulatory counselor in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. He has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, litigating a variety of complex civil and commercial matters before juries, trial and appellate courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals. Mr. Klein frequently litigates both statutory and common law claims, and specializes in challenging and defending technical experts in the litigation of complex environmental torts.


Jill M. Leibold, PhD
Litigation Insights

Jill M. Leibold, PhD with over 12 years of trial consulting experience, Dr. Leibold has applied her expertise in juror decision-making to hundreds of cases across all genres of litigation. Clients rely on her skills in preparing challenging witnesses for deposition and trial, and on her extensive experience in jury selection for both civil and criminal cases. She specializes in developing statistically based, juror risk profiles to identify jurors for cause and peremptory strikes, and also applies the qualitative analyses to develop case stories and themes. Jill frequently presents at national legal conferences and writes for legal trade publications about juror attitudes, implicit bias and jury selection in the areas of environmental and toxic torts, personal injury, asbestos, insurance bad faith, patent and trademark, product liability, fraud and criminal cases.


Matthew Z. Leopold
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Matthew Z. Leopold is the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He came to EPA from private practice at the Florida firm of Carlton Fields. Previously, he served as General Counsel of the Florida Department of Environment Protection and as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. He has handled a broad range of complex environment and natural resource issues and worked on many complex precedent setting matters, including the Florida Everglades and Deep Water Horizon cases.


Rick Looser
The Cirlot Agency

Rick Looser is President/COO of The Cirlot Agency, a marketing/PR/communications firm representing national/international accounts. One of the country's top PR professionals, Rick has worked for corporations like Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Sherwin Williams and Sanderson Farms. Rick is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the world's premier professional association for senior communications and PR executives. A graduate of The University of Alabama, Rick has received the Bert Bank Distinguished Service Award – one of the top honors bestowed by College.


Kenneth J. Lopez
Founder & CEO
A2L Consulting

Kenneth J. Lopez While attending Delaware Law School, Ken taught himself computer animation as a hobby. It was that hobby, combined with his law degree and a degree in economics from the University of Mary Washington that helped launch his career of entrepreneurship. In 1995, he founded A2L Consulting (www.a2lc.com) where he continues to serve as its CEO. A2L provides trial support services to nearly all of the nation's top law firms and their clients around the world. Often called upon when the dollars at stake are high, A2L's services include assisting in jury selection, conducting mock trials, the creation of sophisticated visual evidence used to persuade judges and juries, and the deployment and use of state-of-the-art technology in the courtroom. Best selling business author Dan Pink highlighted A2L in his book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, and Ken has been quoted by many news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Inc., NBC News, Wired, the Washington Post, and the BBC. Readers of LegalTimes voted A2L "best jury consultants" and readers of the National Law Journal voted A2L "Best Demonstrative Evidence provider" in the country. The American Bar Association named A2L's blog, where Ken publishes weekly, one of the top 100 blogs in the legal industry and one of the top 10 litigation blogs. In 2013, Virginia's Governor appointed Ken to a four-year term on the University of Mary Washington's Board of Visitors. He has also served on the Dean's National Advisory Board of the Delaware Law School and a variety of other community boards. Still, Ken lists his top passion and proudest accomplishment as father of triplet girls.


Adam H. Love, PhD
Vice President
Roux Associates Inc.

Adam H. Love, PhD is Vice President and Principal Scientist at Roux Associates and the firm's Litigation Practice area leader. Dr. Love is an testifying expert at applying an array of technical tools for addressing environmental forensics questions regarding the source and release timing of contamination, and allocation of contaminant contribution among multiple PRPs. Dr. Love is also often asked to evaluate the potential impacts of emerging contaminants on the risk for reopening previously investigated and/or closed sites.


Daniel (Dan) Martin
The Focal Point LLC

Daniel (Dan) Martin is a Senior Trial Consultant at The Focal Point LLC, a leading litigation graphics and strategy firm based in Oakland, California. With a specialty in environmental and toxic tort litigation, Dan collaborates with his clients and their experts to provide a broad range of courtroom presentation solutions, including interactive design, 2D and 3D graphics and animation, multimedia tutorials, video and audio capture and post-production, and site documentation.


Christina M. (Christy) McLean
Alvarez and Marsal Holdings LLC

Christina M. (Christy) McLean is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, LLC. Ms. McLean specializes in the modeling of complex economic and real estate damages claims, development and implementation of Value Assurance Programs and other real estate solutions, and the development of geographic information systems in toxic tort matters. She assists clients in analyzing class certification issues from a real estate perspective, evaluating potential settlement alternatives in class action and mass tort matters, and complex settlement administration.


Angela A. Meyer, PhD, PE
President & CEO
Product Liability Advisory Council

Angela A. Meyer, PhD, PE is the President and Chief Executive Officer of PLAC, a global, diverse, select network of attorneys who help companies manage risk throughout the product life cycle. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the litigation support arena as an expert witness and business development/client relations executive. Prior to joining PLAC, she was Vice President of Client Services at Exponent, one of the leading engineering and scientific consultancies. She has also worked in the petrochemical and aviation industries. Angela holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a licensed professional engineer in the State of California. She is a member of the advisory board of Summit Consulting and the SMU Lyle School of Engineering.


Mary P. Morningstar
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mary P. Morningstar is Associate General Counsel, Environmental Law, for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for providing environmental counseling to the Corporation, for litigation related to environmental, safety and health issues, for environmental due diligence for the Corporation's transactions, and for support of the company's activities for over 20 waste cleanup sites. Throughout her career, Ms. Morningstar has led several critical initiatives for Lockheed Martin, including successful defense of multiple cleanup suits and management of litigation alleging exposures to asbestos from a variety of company legacy products.


Lucian T. Pera
Partner
Adams and Reese LLP

Lucian T. Pera is a partner in Adams and Reese LLP. A graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt University School of Law, he was a member of the ABA "Ethics 2000" Commission, which rewrote the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. He has chaired the editorial board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, and served as President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is the immediate past Treasurer of the ABA and immediate past president of the Tennessee Bar Association.


Tracie J. Renfroe
King & Spalding

Tracie J. Renfroe is the managing partner of King & Spalding's Houston office. She has a national trial practice focusing on toxic tort, environmental, product liability and commercial disputes. She represents clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors in civil jury trials, class actions and arbitrations in federal and state courts, and in international tribunals. Tracie has received recognition from Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, ILO Client Choice Awards, Corporate Counsel and Super Lawyers: Texas.


Christopher L. Rimkus
Mark West Energy Partners

Christopher L. Rimkus Assistant General Counsel at MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P., a leading midstream services provider in the natural gas industry, headquartered in Denver, with Northeast and Southwest operations. Chris has focused his career on the energy industry, spending 9 years with ExxonMobil Corporation before joining MarkWest in 2009. His responsibilities include managing business development and operations attorneys and the oversight of permitting and environmental compliance. Chris enjoys a healthy negotiation and works to develop relationships in communities where MarkWest operates.


Lindsay S. See
Office of West Virginia Solicitor General

Lindsay S. See is the Solicitor General for West Virginia, where she manages all appellate and high-stakes litigation for the State of West Virginia in both state and federal courts. Her work includes a special focus on environmental regulatory issues, leading and working with multi-state coalitions on a variety of issues involving the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Lindsay previously spent several years with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office, where her practice focused on appellate and regulatory law. She clerked for the Hon. Thomas Griffith on the D.C. Circuit, and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Michelle S. Spak
Duke Energy Corporation

Michelle S. Spak is Deputy 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
Partner
King & Spalding LLP

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. Carmen is the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Vice Committee Chair.


Philip R. Watters
Rimkus Consulting Group Inc

Philip R. Watters is Senior Vice President at Rimkus Consulting Group since 1989, responsible for environmental consulting activities. He is a 1969 engineering graduate of Michigan Technological University and 1972 graduate of the University of Houston. His experience has been in petrochemicals, refining, oil and gas exploration, and natural gas processing. He has delivered seminars on environmental remediation, chemical exposure, hydraulic fracturing; and provides expert reports and depositions during litigations. His expertise includes environmental remediation cost analysis and economic evaluations. He has investigated business economic losses, industrial accidents, explosions, and toxic/hazardous waste releases.


Robert J. Wolcik
Strem Chemicals Inc

Robert J. Wolcik is a graduate Boston University with a Bachelor of Science and is currently working on his Thesis for his master's degree in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Wolcik has been working at Strem Chemicals, Inc. in Newburyport, Massachusetts for the past fourteen years and directs the Environmental Health & Safety Program for the U.S.A. and E.U. manufacturing facilities. He also works for the Salisbury Fire Department (IAFF-PFFM Local 4694) as a Firefighter/EMT.