Areas of Expertise

ENVIRONMENTAL

I bring a unique perspective to any project because I have worked on all sides of environmental cases: Department of Defense (compliance with federal, state and local regulations), State (enforcement), Contractor for individual clients (compliance), consultant to reinsurance companies. As a Petroleum Engineer, I have an excellent understanding of organic chemistry, hydraulics, how oil, gas and chemicals move through the ground, and how they can be extracted. My career began in a refinery, where I became familiar with refining processes. I was also responsible for environmental compliance.



ENERGY

From combined experience at a refinery, a chemical plant and the California Energy Commission I became skilled at understanding underlying principles of energy supply, demand and pricing for oil gas and chemicals. I can read engineering plans and diagrams, interpret chemical data, reconstruct incidents from recorded process and instrumentation data, and can develop lines of questioning that will draw the desired responses from technical deponents. On several occasions I also investigated regulatory fraud, i.e. cases where regulations were manipulated and/or used to gain an unintended advantage to the loss of the general public or rate payers.



WATER
In conjunction with a multi-faceted environmental insurance defense case, I spent 5 years researching historical archives throughout California to develop a documented record of the history of water supply, contamination, spills and regulation from 1890 to 1990. As a result, I am very knowledgeable about historical water laws and regulations as they were applied to real world situations. As a general contractor in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I worked for clients, including the State of California, to remove underground storage tanks, characterize groundwater contamination, install monitoring wells and clean up hazardous waste sites. As Deputy Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, I oversaw cleanup of all state superfund sites and negotiated the multi-agency coordinated effort resulting in the publication of guidance for site assessments, site characterization and site mitigation.

SERVICES INCLUDE:

Technical Research

Technical Document & Data Review

Litigation Strategy

Regulatory Compliance Consulting

Discovery and Expert Witness Testimony

Client History

Law Firms representing Lloyds of London Insurance Companies Insurance Defense
- Aerojet Ground Water Contamination
- Lockheed Soil & Groundwater Contamination
- Raytheon Ground Water Contamination
- Lodi Ground Water Contamination



CA Public Utilities Commission CPSD / Safety & Enforcement
- San Bruno Gas Pipe Failure Investigation
- California Energy Crisis / Enron Investigation



CA Public Utilities Commission, DRA 
- Pacific Offshore Pipeline Company (POPCO) Gas Treatment Plant Startup Failure
- Mohave Power Station Steam Pipe Failure
- Montebello Underground Gas Storage Integrity
- Playa Del Rey Underground Gas Storage Integrity
- Helms Power Plant Startup Failure


FERC
- Pacific Offshore Pipeline Company (POPCO) Gas Rate

Turner, Huguet, Brans & Adams
- Chevron Pipeline Leak



State of Nevada Attorney General's Office
-  Mohave Power Station Steam Pipe Failure


Nova Group, Inc.
- Fueling Pipeline Systems - environmental consulting
- Facility Site environmental review


Dames & Moore
- Impact on Electricity Consumption of Louisiana Refinery Modifications



(Additional client history may be requested with CV)

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