Environmental & Natural Resources Liability Management
Mr. Brody has over 25 years experience working as an attorney and consultant on complex environmental matters with particular focus on economic costs and damages. His work has included the estimation and analysis of potential claims for natural resource damages, strategic counseling of alternative settlement positions in Superfund and natural resource damages cases, allocating response and natural resource damages costs among parties, estimating claims and exposure to claims in bankruptcy proceedings and developing best management practices to optimize environmental performance. Mr. Brody's expertise encompasses environmental and health and safety issues and their application in contracts, mergers and acquisitions and real estate transactions, as well as all forms of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Brody is routinely retained by counsel and corporations to provide advice and/or testimony in matters involving claims for or exposure to suits for natural resource damages. Mr. Brody holds a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Dr. Robilliard's primary areas of expertise encompass natural resource damage assessments for oil spills and contaminated sites, habitat restoration and ecological impact assessment in marine/estuarine ecosystems. He has more than 39 years of experience as a consulting scientist, mainly in marine and estuarine environments of the Pacific, Alaska, Hawaii and arctic coastal states. Dr. Robilliard is an early pioneer and a nationally recognized Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) expert who has been instrumental in the development and application of more than 75 NRDAs in oil spills since 1984, and more recently, at federal and state Superfund sites. He has been an integral member of several NRDA teams composed of lawyers, managers, economists, engineers, and scientists whose goal was strategic planning and/or settlement negotiations. He has testified or been deposed as a technical expert in oil and chemical spill cases, and provided testimony in numerous public hearings. He holds a B.S. in Biology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Markarian has over 30 years of experience in ecological risk assessments and environmental toxicology. His expertise includes the design and management of natural resource damage assessments (NRDA), aquatic/ecological risk assessments and effluent toxicity assessment and toxicity reduction programs. Dr. Markarian has been the principal scientist in more than 20 complex NRDA cases. His experience in site assessments has included all aspects of the aquatic ecosystem including toxicity concerns, bioaccumulation of contaminants, food chain contamination and human risk associated with contaminated fish/shellfish. He has provided technical and strategic support for cases involving matters pertaining to the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Dr. Markarian is a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and has authored 40 peer-reviewed papers and numerous other articles. In addition, he has served as a scientific consultant to government agencies as well as industrial associations. He holds a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Tormey is an expert in hydrology, water supply, and water quality issues. More specifically, he specializes in water resource development; contamination issues; watershed protection programs; conservation programs; water treatment and desalination; human impacts to water resources; and the effects of climate change on water and ecosystems. He has worked in diverse environments around the world analyzing sediment transport, contaminant fate and transport, contaminant remediation, and coastal dynamics. Dr. Tormey is also an expert in the environmental aspects of energy and energy development specifically the production, transport, use, and conservation of energy. He has been involved with a variety of hydroelectric, wind, solar, tidal, oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy projects, and has significant experience evaluating methods of carbon sequestration associated with energy production. His work frequently includes litigation support. Beyond his consulting work, Dr. Tormey actively pursues volcanology research around the world. He is an Executive in Residence at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, serves on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List review advisory board, and was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to the Scientific Advisory Board for Giant Sequoia National Monument. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Geology from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Geology and Geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jenkins has extensive experience in environmental toxicology. He has given testimony before Congress, and briefed house and congressional staff on technical issues relating to Natural Resource Damages. He has served as a member of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) of the US Environmental Protection Agency and has participated in numerous SAB panels. He served on the National Research Council Panel on the Fate and Effects of Drilling Fluids and chaired the task force to develop revised water-quality standards for the State of Colorado. Dr. Jenkins has served as a peer reviewer of sediment criteria and wildlife-based water quality criteria. As a principal toxicologist, Dr. Jenkins has been responsible for the design and implementation of numerous cooperative and litigation driven natural resource damage assessments (NRDAs), ecological risk assessments ERAs), and water quality and sediment quality evaluations. He has worked on many of the largest and most complex sites in the country. Dr. Jenkins was a Professor of Biology at California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) for over 20 years and is now a Professor Emeritus. At CSULB, he oversaw an extensive research program in environmental toxicology, founded and directed a research institute, chaired the radiation safety committee and taught graduate-level courses in risk assessment and environmental toxicology. His research was funded by the Department of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency and corporate sponsors. Dr. Jenkins has a BS in biology from California State University, Northridge and a PhD from University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Sanders has experience in environmental sciences, ecotoxicology, sediment management and stress biology in academia and through consulting to clients in the private sector. Dr. Sanders also provides litigation support, strategic planning, scientific critique, and expert testimony for potentially responsible parties on ecological risk and natural resource damage (NRD) issues. Her expertise, client relationships, and consulting have focused primarily on the oil and gas, mining and chemical sectors. Dr. Sanders’ technical expertise focuses on the mechanisms of toxicity, trace metals, and xenobiotics on wildlife, including benthic invertebrates, fishes, birds and mammals. She has directed field and laboratory programs to develop methods for biological monitoring and to evaluate the biological effects of contaminants, including metals, metalloids, PCBs, DDTs, VOCs and PAHs. She has worked in riverine, estuarine, and fresh water and coastal ecosystems. Dr. Sanders a professor at California State University, Long Beach. She has served on numerous federal and state panels and committees, including an appointment by the US Department of State to the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), an international organization focused on increasing our knowledge and management of ecological resources in the North Pacific. She holds a BA with dual majors in Biology and Environmental Studies and a PhD in Marine Biochemistry from the University of Delaware.