Barbara D. Beck, PhD, DABT, ATSis an expert in toxicology and health risk assessment for environmental chemicals. She has performed chemical and site-risk assessments, developed risk assessment methodologies, and is the author of 100+ book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Beck has a BA in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University. She has worked at Gradient Corp. for over 30 years and is a member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board.
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 Chair for the 2019 DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar.
Kimberly A. Connickis an attorney at the New York City office of Harris Beach, PLLC, who practices in the areas of toxic tort, products liability, environmental contamination claims, catastrophic injury, and general liability defense. She is known for her defense of hospitals, nursing homes, and property owners against claims and lawsuits related to Legionnaires' Disease. Ms. Connick previously served as a senior member of the defense team for the World Trade Center Litigation and subsequently led a team that coordinated the settlements between approximately 1,200 plaintiffs and 400 defendants in the litigation. Ms. Connick is an active member of the DRI TTEL steering committee and is the acting DRI New York State Membership Chair.
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, 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.
John C. Crudenis a principal at the environmental law firm of Beveridge and Diamond. He has decades of experience as a top environmental lawyer, a leader of major bar and environmental organizations, and had a distinguished military career. He provides strategic counsel on high-stakes environmental and natural resources matters, participates in civil and criminal enforcement, advises on compliance, and serves as an expert witness in US and foreign courts. John served as a senior leader on environment and natural resource matters for many years at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where he supervised some of the department's most significant litigation, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Love Canal, and Bunker Hill litigation. As the Senate-confirmed, Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, John worked on the most high-profile environment cases, and personally negotiated the multi-billion dollar resolutions of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Volkswagen emissions scandal. He is the immediate past President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers a past President of the Environmental Law Institute, and a past Chair of the American Bar Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award from three different Presidents, has authored over 35 law review articles, columns, or book chapters, has lectured at 15 law schools, and is a frequent speaker at environmental conferences.
Sneha Desaiis Deputy General Counsel, Litigation at BASF Corporation in Florham Park, NJ. In that role, she has responsibility for managing the company's litigation portfolio in North America with a team of attorneys and legal assistants, and overseeing litigation-related policies and procedures (including legal hold protocols, outside counsel management, e-billing and e-discovery). She also chairs the Legal Department's Diversity Team and is responsible for its Outside Counsel Diversity Program.
Jennifer L. Dlugoszis a Partner with the law firm Husch Blackwell LLP in Chicago, Illinois where she defends product liability, toxic tort and asbestos litigation claims. Jen often takes a lead role in toxic tort cases in the Chicago area, as well serving as national coordinating counsel for toxic tort claims across the country. Jen is the Vice-Chair of Programs for the DRI TTEL Committee.
Karen Doyne honed her skills in crisis and litigation communications at three of the world's largest public relations agencies, most recently as head of the Crisis Practice at Burson-Marsteller/BCW. In 2019 she launched her own consultancy, Doyne Strategies. Over more than three decades Karen has helped clients such as Monsanto, Dow, Virginia Tech, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Eli Lilly, Clorox, Coca-Cola and Intel communicate with impact during litigation or other high-stakes challenges. Her work has included legal claims regarding air, water and soil contamination, GMOs and pesticides, as well as environmental justice disputes and NGO-led campaigns.
Maja C. Eatonis a Partner in Sidley's Chicago office and a leader of the firm's Products Liability and Mass Torts practice. Nationally recognized by Chambers USA, Maja has successfully defended and tried products liability cases ranging from toxic tort litigation (asbestos, ethylene oxide, refinery explosions) to mass tort cases involving pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Maja alsohelps clients manage and respond to high-stakes crises, including catastrophic events, by assessing litigation risks and shaping defensive strategies on an expedited timeline.
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.
Rosary A. Hernandez, a Shareholder at Tiffany & Bosco, PA, is first generation Cuban American. Her areas of practice include commercial and business litigation, professional liability defense, construction law, and tort defense including tortious interference and related claims. Since 1993 she has represented clients in litigation and arbitration in Texas, Arizona, and California. Ms. Hernandez's professional affiliations include DRI, Executive Board of Diversity Committee, Co-Chair of Construction Seminar 2015, State Bar of AZ – Past Board of Directors for Construction Section, Past Chair of MCBA Construction Section and Past Board of Directors for Arizona Association of Defense Counsel. Ms. Hernandez is the Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Chase Holton, PhD, PE, is a Senior Environmental Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. based in Colorado with a focus in contaminant fate and transport, including expertise in evaluation and mitigation of the vapor intrusion pathway. Dr. Holton is nationally recognized by U.S. DoD, U.S. EPA, and state agencies, for his research work on indoor air concentration temporal variability and building pressure cycling for vapor intrusion assessment.
Joseph W. Hovermill is a senior member of the firm's Product Liability and Mass Tort and Environment and Energy practices at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. Joe's practice focuses on the defense of manufacturers in a variety of complex product liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation regionally and nationally. He supervises mass tort, product liability and other multi-party litigation nationally for several manufacturing clients. Joe also litigates and tries complicated environmental disputes involving liability, remedy challenges and allocation involving other companies, and governmental entities at all levels.
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 theToxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee Vice Chair.
Melanie C. Lockett is a Partner at Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver, LLP, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She enjoys a diverse trial and appellate practice with an emphasis on insurance coverage and defense in the areas of commercial general liability, professional liability, extra-contractual liability, and bad faith. Melanie is a Steering Committee Member for the DRI Insurance Law Committee, Diversity Committee, and is on the DRI Law Institute.
Jeffrey J. Loureiro, PE, LEPAs CEO of Loureiro, Jeff Loureiro is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the firm's strategic plan which is designed to ensure the continued growth, development and profitability of the organization. He has worked on projects throughout the United States as well as internationally for some of the world's largest corporations, a variety of Federal, State and local governmental entities, and hundreds of clients in the commercial, industrial, residential and retail markets.
Danielle R. Luisiis an attorney with the law firm Husch Blackwell LLP in Chicago, Illinois where she defends product liability, premises liability, toxic tort and environmental claims. Serving as part of national coordinating counsel and trial teams for corporations in toxic tort litigation, she formulates defense strategies and manages cases in some of the nation's busiest mass tort jurisdictions. She is a member of the DRI Young Lawyers Committee and the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee.
Marisa C. Maleckis a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding, where she focuses her practice on appeals, dispositive motions, and strategic counseling, including at the trial and appellate level, in both state and federal courts. She is a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Marisa also frequently advises and participates on trial teams in a legal-issues-and-motions-practice role, before, during, and after trial.
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.
Theodore C. (Ted) MorrisAssistant General Counsel at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., is responsible for litigation and adversary proceedings for the company worldwide, navigating the Fortune 500 manufacturer through issues pertaining to commercial, consumer, environmental/energy, insurance, labor and employment, products liability, and general corporate law. Ted has represented the company in court proceedings and acted as both a fact and corporate designee witness in numerous depositions and trials of company matters.
Ilene M. Munkis the Managing Partner of the Portland office of Foley & Mansfield and co-chairs the firm's national environmental practice group. She serves as a Vice-Chair of the ABA Superfund and Natural Resources committee and holds an AV pre-eminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell In June she co-chaired a nationwide Master's Class on Complex Environmental Liability Resolution; from Superfund to Brownfields, for 200 environmental practitioners. Ilene Munk is a former EPA enforcement attorney.
Angela L. (Angie) Perez, PhD is a Senior Toxicologist with over 11 years of consulting experience in applied toxicology, exposure assessment, and human health risk assessment. Dr. Perez's work has focused on study design for occupational exposure evaluations for molds, bacteria,and oxidants and for testing for TSCA chemical registration compliance. Dr. Perez is experienced in assisting clients with TSCA chemical registrations, including new uses, naturally occurring substances, and exemptions. She has served as a testifying and consulting expert on cases involving chemical exposure and potential risk, including asbestos, metals, phthalates, benzene, carbon monoxide, triclosan, and poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). She has been retained as an expert in cannabis toxicology as it relates to impairment and is active in researching the risk from exposure to contaminants in cannabis products. Dr.Perez's work often involves the analysis and interpretationof complex chemistries in environmental and occupational settings.
Virginia (Gina) Pettinellijoined Evonik Corporation, a U.S. specialty chemical subsidiary of Evonik Industries A.G., with headquarters in Essen, Germany, in 2007. Her responsibilities include managing all U.S. litigation and providing advice/counsel on labor and employment matters in the North American Region. Prior to joining Evonik, Virginia held various positions at BASF, Engelhard, and The Hertz Corporation. Ms. Pettinelli received a BA from Rutgers College and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Corrie Plantis an experienced environmental lawyer whose practice focuses on environmental litigation and compliance counseling, including CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, OSHA and California's Proposition 65. She routinely advises clients regarding compliance with various environmental laws related to the sale of consumer products, including Proposition 65, Green Chemistry, FIFRA, Toxics in Packaging laws, TSCA and the CPSIA. Corrie also has a broad range of experience defending clients in administrative, civil and criminal environmental enforcement actions.
Roy D. Prather, IIIis an attorney at Beveridge & Diamond's Baltimore office. He focuses his practice on complex environmental and commercial litigation in state and federal court, working with clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including defending clients in citizen suits, administrative permitting challenges, and class action suits involving toxic tort claims of alleged environmental exposures.
William D. (Will) Purnellis legal counsel to SPX and its subsidiaries in North America primarily focused on claims and litigation. Will leads a staff of litigation managers that are responsible for day-to-day oversight of claims and litigation. Additionally, Will assists and advises Senior Business Counsel on issues related to commercial, contract, product liability, environmental and consumer products safety matters. Prior to joining SPX Corporation, Will was Assistant General Counsel at Ingersoll Rand Company where he provided legal counsel to Ingersoll Rand and its subsidiaries in North America and abroad. In addition to Ingersoll Rand, Will was Corporate Counsel in the Litigation Section at Caterpillar Inc. Will served on the Legal Services Division Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
Steven W. Quattlebaum is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, in Little Rock, Arkansas, practicing in the areas of products liability and business litigation, and has served as lead counsel in over 100 trials, including several multi-district bellwether trials. A graduate of Western State Colorado University and the University of Arkansas School of Law, he has held leadership positions in various defense counsel associations and has been recognized as a leading trial lawyer by numerous legal directories and publications.
James P. Ray, Robinson & Cole, has more than 25 years of experience as an environmental and product liability litigator and counselor, and he has served as court-appointed common counsel or liaison counsel in multiple environmental matters. These experiences, combined with a strong technical and business background, enable him to work effectively with engineers, scientists, other experts, and legal counsel to help clients minimize risk and solve compliance, enforcement, site remediation, and cost allocation challenges.
Cassandra Burke Robertson is the John Deaver Drinko - BakerHostetler Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Professional Ethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she teaches Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Secured Transactions. Her scholarship has been cited by numerous courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and the supreme courts of Kansas, Tennessee and Oregon. In 2017, she was appointed by the governor to serve as one of Ohio's representatives to the Uniform Law Commission.
Melissa K. RoederOf Counsel in Foley & Mansfield's Seattle office, is well recognized in the Pacific Northwest defense community. She delivers effective and practical solutions in the fields of cannabis/marijuana law to and is a nationwide leader in developing educational programs to prepare cannabis businesses for the various legal issues and litigation facing this nascent industry. Melissa has been published in leading cannabis and legal media, currently chairs the DRI Cannabis seminar and has spoken at state defense bars as well as the Perrin Cannabis Conference and others.
John D. Schell, PhD,earned his Ph.D., in Toxicology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has over 30 years of experience, focusing on human health and ecological impacts of PCBs, dioxins, VOCs, chlorinated pesticides, and metals. He is a former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and has held adjunct positions at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. He has presented his research to international regulatory and scientific bodies and numerous public hearings.
Bernard M. (Ben) Schultea graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law, is the General Counsel for TGS Global, LLC, one of the premier Cannabis companies in Colorado, with 23 recreational marijuana dispensaries, four grow operations and an infused product manufacturing facility. As a seed to sale cannabis company, TGS faces unique challenges of cannabis production and in-house manufacture of tinctures, extracts, edibles, infused beverages and topicals in a very strict, complex, and changing regulatory structure.
Carolyn G. Scrafford, PhD, MPH,Senior Managing Scientist & Officer Director at Exponent, has 18 years of experience in epidemiological methods, applied statistics, and risk assessment to evaluate the human health effects of food contaminants and additives, nutrients, and environmental compounds in the U.S. as well as Europe and other international settings.
Marjorie Hall Snook, MLS,intended to work at a library after earning a master's in library and information science 15 years ago. Instead, she landed at NewFields in Atlanta, GA, were she has been directing research activities related to environment remediation and litigation for fifteen years Snook specializes in locating historical and rare documents and in helping to understand the history of environmental sites in context.
Shelley C. Speicker, PhD has been advising attorneys on case strategy, courtroom persuasion and jury selection for over 25 years. With a doctorate in legal communication, Dr. Spiecker routinely advises attorneys on case and trial presentation strategies. She is nationally recognized for her work helping to prepare witnesses for deposition and trial and has extensive experience in the design and analysis of mock jury trial and focus group research as well as mock bench trials and mock arbitrations.
Robin Staffordspecializes in environmental law. Her practice has been focused on litigation of claims under federal and state environmental law, including CERCLA, RCRA, and California's Proposition 65. Ms. Stafford has also assisted clients with litigation, permitting and other administrative actions, as well as compliance issues arising from stormwater regulations under the federal Clean Water Act, and has helped manage risks associated with real estate transactions by offering advice on environmental and contractual indemnity issues.
Ryan Stifter, MSRoux Inc., is an expert in applied economics supporting litigation, insurance claims, regulatory processes, legislative advocacy and business decisions. His 15 years providing economic consulting comprise numerous studies involving valuation and liability determinations relating to environmental damage, exposure to hazardous substances; air, water, land use, species and habitat regulation; natural resource allocation, business torts, antitrust, discrimination and class action. Ryan has qualified as an expert in state court and has authored expert testimony in federal court and regulatory hearings.
Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD, is the president of ThemeVision LLC in Indianapolis, a trial consulting firm affiliated with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is a partner. As a member of multiple national defense teams, Dr. Stolle provides advice on judicial and jury decision making, demonstrative evidence, theme development, jury selection, and trial strategies.
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 Committee Chair.
Douglas L. Weed, MD, MPH, PhD, is a physician epidemiologist with 35 years' experience, now retired from the National Cancer Institute. In his professional consulting practice, Dr. Weed provides expert advice on issues at the interface of science, law, commerce, and public policy. His experience and extensive publications in causation methodology, meta-analysis, and systematic reviews provide a strong foundation for assessing the reliability and validity of claims about general and specific causation.