"HB Litigation Conferences Presents Chinese Drywall Litigation"
HB Litigation Conferences Presents Chinese Drywall Litigation & Insurance Coverage Update November 11, 2009 Chair and Faculty Biographies Co-Chairs Hilarie Bass is the Global Operating Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, having recently completed an eight-year term as the national chair of the 500-member litigation department. She also serves on the firm's Executive Committee. During her more than 25-year career, she has successfully represented clients in scores of commercial cases in jury and non-jury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. She is currently serving as the Chair-Elect to the ABA Litigation Section and is the Lead Counsel for the Homebuilder Group in the Chinese Drywall MDL. Her areas of concentration include complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, class action defense, multidistrict litigation, receiverships, securities fraud defense, banking litigation, jury and non-jury trials, and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Bass lectures extensively on rules of procedure and evidence, expert testimony, creditors' rights and foreclosure issues, rainmaking, professionalism, and women lawyer issues. She is admitted to practice in Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. Bass holds a BA magna cum laude from George Washington University (1975) and a JD summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law (1981), where she was editor of the Law Review. Michael Ryan is a partner with the firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he specializes in medical malpractice, pharmaceutical litigation, and “mass tort” litigation. In addition to his trial practice in South Florida, Mr. Ryan has participated in multiple MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in pharmaceutical and product defect litigation. His work on behalf of clients has been the subject of local, national and international news. Mr. Ryan speaks and teaches nationwide on issues of electronic discovery, pharmaceutical litigation and defective drywall claims. In the area of defective drywall litigation, his work on behalf of homeowners throughout Florida has also received local and national attention. Mr. Ryan has submitted testimony in the hearing on “Health and Product Safety Issues Associated with Imported Drywall” before the Senate Sub-Committee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance on May 21, 2009 is available as part of the United States Senate record. His work and advocacy has received local, state and nationwide media attention. He attended George Washington University, where he received a degree in Business Administration in 1986. Following graduation, he became a Federal Bank Examiner. Thereafter, he attended law school at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating summa cum laude in 1992. In 1997, Mr. Ryan joined the Krupnick Campbell Malone firm. During just his first three years, he was trial counsel and assisted in obtaining more than $30 million in trial verdicts and settlements. In 1999, he was honored as one of ten national nominees for Trial Lawyers of the Year by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. His nomination was based on his role as trial counsel and the ultimate settlement in the landmark $17.9 million verdict against the State of Florida for a man suffering from a traumatic brain injury who had been mistreated and abused in state hospitals. Mr. Ryan became a partner with the firm in 2002. Faculty Craig Averch is a partner at White & Case, where he leads the Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group's Los Angeles based team. His experience includes workouts and restructurings of problem loans and investments, as well as insolvencies, throughout the United States, Central and Eastern Europe. He counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including transportation, retail, textile, real estate, oil and gas, energy, banking and financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, high tech, and telecommunications. Mr. Averch regularly represents bondholders, bank groups, strategic and financial investors, miscellaneous creditor constituencies, sovereigns, and debtors in connection with bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Mr. Averch also has a deep bench of litigation experience involving bankruptcy matters. Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Averch acted as Senior Counsel for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an international financial institution located in the United Kingdom. He has published numerous articles on bankruptcy and bankruptcy related issues. Mr. Averch holds a BBA from the University of Texas (1991) and a JD from the University of Texas (1984). Kay Baxter is a founding partner of Swetman Baxter Massenburg, LLC. She is a 1994 graduate of Loyola University’s School of Law, and is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. While she has successfully practiced in many areas of the law, in recent years she has specialized in toxic tort and environmental law. She has become a widely acknowledged expert in this field, developing strong, effective new experts for her clients through an intensive background investigation and interview process. Through testimony from nationally and internationally known experts, and an extensive review of prior records and witness testimony, researching data from state agencies, and all other aspects of case preparation and management, she has developed successful new defenses for her premises, manufacturing, contractor and supplier defendants, as well as their executive officers. She is routinely invited to speak at, and chair, national seminars on her practice specialties, most recently one on the hot new subject of Chinese drywall litigation. Ms. Baxter’s career has been marked by self-motivation and accomplishment. After starting a family, she completed undergraduate and law school on scholarship in six and a half years, excelling academically throughout and graduating summa cum laude. As a newly admitted attorney, she successfully defended a client in a high-profile criminal matter that reached the Louisiana Supreme Court. Within a year of her admittance to the Mississippi bar, she was managing litigation in literally thousands of cases in that state as well as for her Louisiana clients. She made history in Louisiana’s Civil District Courts by using Daubert challenges to disqualify two plaintiff experts in two separate cases at the same time, and has also successfully defended a state District Court judge brought before the judicial commission on impropriety charges. Because of her success and reputation, she was selected as one of three national trial counsels by one client. She is equally adept in the business side of the legal profession, having set up offices from scratch for former firms and managed offices with as many as 20 employees. She also recruited the only Fortune 500 client ever represented by one of these firms. Katherine Ann Cahill is a Global Managing Director at Marsh in the Global Product Risk Practice. This global practice specializes in providing professional consulting services for clients who encounter a product recall, product tampering, product contamination, product safety or liability issue. Currently, Ms. Cahill is assisting manufacturers in the automotive, industrial products and consumer products industries with national and international recall issues. She has assisted a wide range of executives from manufacturers, insurance companies, and law firms, as well as risk managers, with product recall matters. She has specialty expertise in regulatory compliance issues in the food and drug, automotive, consumer products, and meat and poultry sectors. Additionally, Ms. Cahill has represented manufacturers who produce industrial equipment, farm machinery, pharmaceuticals, bio-medical equipment, food/beverages, toys and cosmetics. Recent legislative developments have enabled Ms. Cahill to assist companies in creating risk avoidance platforms in the area of bio-terrorism and container security. Before joining Marsh, Ms. Cahill spent 20 years working as a Product Recall Specialist in a variety of professional capacities. The early part of her career began with the management and coordination of an international multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical litigation. This litigation included an extensive review and analysis of FDA trials to determine compliance with federal regulations as well as the compilation of a strategic worldwide recall plan. Ms. Cahill served as a Global Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the area of regulatory compliance and product recall. During her tenure at PwC, Ms. Cahill assisted an automotive giant with the largest recall to date, which included 122 countries. Her most notable accomplishments include assisting an automotive supplier, and four major car companies, in one of the largest known recalls in the business. The recall originally encompassed every automobile that was made and sold nationally and abroad with ABS brakes. Ms. Cahill’s ability to implement a successful investigation, as well as coordinate a strategic recall plan, saved the supplier its reputation as well as billions of dollars. Prior to her tenure with PwC, Ms. Cahill worked with CNA Insurance Company to develop an international insurance claims practice in the area of product recall and regulatory compliance. Hung Cheung, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the President of Dr. Cheung/ OEM Advisor, LLC, in Baltimore. He received his Medical degree from University of Maryland Medical School. Dr. Cheung is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He received his Master’s in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science. For the last seventeen years, since beginning his training at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Cheung has been working full time in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has also achieved fellowship status in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Society, one of the highest distinctions of achievement in ACOEM. From June 2000 to November 2003, he was designated as the State Medical Director for the State of Maryland and also served as the Medical Advisor to the Maryland Department of Transportation. Dr Cheung’s subspecialties are Respiratory Environmental Medicine, Indoor and Ambient Environmental Quality investigations, Risk communication and Medical Advisory services. He and his colleagues have expertise in a wide range of Environmental and Occupational health issues. Throughout his career, he has personally investigated and resolved various environmental complaints in hundreds of homes, commercial buildings, schools and industrial facilities, involving thousands of occupants and home owners across the country. Notably, Dr. Cheung was on the Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Indoor Air Quality. The Task Force met for ten months reviewing the latest literature, data, testimonies of experts and patients, best practices, etc and generated a comprehensive report to the Governor and the State Legislature on July 1, 2002. Dr. Cheung is a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Hygiene & Public Health. In addition, Dr. Cheung currently serves on the Baltimore City Healthy Homes Advisory Board and the Greater Baltimore Asthma Alliance, having been invited to both by the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City. Recently, he was also the principle investigator of a large peer reviewed multi-facility DOD epidemiology research where more than 7,000 occupants participated from more than 350 study areas. He was also appointed to the ACOEM panel for the creation of the ACOEM evidence-based respiratory medicine evaluation, treatment and causation assessment guidelines to be published in the coming year. Daniel Gold is the LexisNexis Litigation Services Specialist for the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. In this role, Mr. Gold is responsible for meeting the needs of corporate and law firm litigators by delivering exclusive solutions to help drive more efficiency and strategic value in their business. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Mr. Gold was an attorney with the New Jersey based law firm, Schottland, Manning, Caliendo & Thomson, P.A. His work focused on litigation with an emphasis on representing the interests of plaintiffs in civil rights, consumer fraud, product liability and personal injury claims. He argued cases before the state's trial courts and the Appellate Division for the State of New Jersey. Mr. Gold clerked for the Hon. Jamie S. Perri in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Mr. Gold received his JD from Syracuse University College of Law, and his B.S. from Ithaca College. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar. Mr. Gold lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and their two children. Bruce Hallock, PSP, CFCC, is a Vice President of Marsh and a Managing Consultant for the Construction Consulting Practice, specializing in dispute resolution with a heavy emphasis in management consulting and risk management. His responsibilities include change management, claims analysis, claims negotiations, contract administration, cost estimating, damages calculations, delay/acceleration analysis, entitlement, dispute/productivity analysis, project control systems, scheduling, standard of care, and expert testimony. Mr. Hallock has more than 35 years of experience in dispute resolution, construction management, contract administration, project controls, management consulting, risk management and engineering management worldwide. He has expertise in developing systems, processes and infrastructure which ensures projects are completed safely, on time and within budget. He has extensive experience in consulting with private and public entities throughout the residential and commercial building, transportation, process, oil and gas, and power industries. He provides dispute resolution services and claims analysis, litigation support and expert testimony for Owners, Contractors and Developers. He leads and executes analyses involving issues of construction defects, errors and omissions, schedule delay, design, change order, cost impact, scope change, causation and responsibility. Mr. Hallock has sizeable experience as an expert witness and has testified and given depositions on a diverse variety of engagements. Prior to joining Marsh, he served as Claims Manager with Dade Aviation Consultants. There he was responsible for the analysis and resolution of over 52 claims totaling in excess of $60 million on the Miami International Airport $6.2 billon Capital Improvement Program. Mr. Hallock was also employed as the Commercial Manager for Global Crossing Inc. with management responsibility for commercial activities related to the terrestrial fiber optic construction contracts. He developed and implemented project controls for capital budgets in excess of $3 billion annually. During his previous employment with one of the country’s leading consultancies, he provided expert testimony and litigation support to clients in the preparation of technical and entitlement reviews and forensic schedule analyses for over 50 multimillion-dollar construction disputes. He managed the construction of and litigated the largest black liquor recovery boiler erected in the Pacific Northwest. He facilitated partnering workshops for major infrastructure projects and conducted Dispute Resolution, risk management, and safety reviews for the Blue and Red Lines of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In his professional career, Mr. Hallock has worked as a Claims Manager, Project Manager, Commercial Manager and Engagement Manager with leading consultancies, constructors and owners. Dan Harris is a founding member of Harris & Moure, an international law boutique firm based in Seattle. His practice focuses on assisting American companies with their overseas legal matters, mostly in China and Russia. Mr. Harris has written extensively on doing business in China and has been quoted on that by the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Business Week, the National Law Journal, the ABA Journal, and the Washington Post, among others. He has his JD magna cum laude from Indiana University Law School and his BA from Grinnell Collge. Mr. Harris has been engaged in international litigation and arbitration matters for most of his career and typically has 4-5 cases pending in China. Mr. Harris is also the co-author of the award-winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com), along with Steve Dickinson, a Harris & Moure lawyer based in Qingdao, China. Paul Hinton is a Vice President in NERA's New York City office, where he works on a wide range of advisory, litigation support, and testifying engagements. Since joining NERA more than 10 years ago, his experience has included securities and finance litigation, complex commercial disputes, product liability valuation, antitrust litigation, merger analysis, intellectual property valuation, regulatory matters, and transfer pricing. Mr. Hinton currently works primarily on securities, product liability, and complex commercial cases. He has testified in federal court, at deposition, and before a legislative committee. In securities litigation involving 10b-5 and section 11 claims, Mr. Hinton has developed analyses to provide an empirical basis for assessing liability, causation, and damages. These cases typically demand event study analysis to quantify the impact of company specific and market wide events on stock prices. Other finance and commercial litigation cases have involved the valuation of a variety of assets and liabilities, such as entire business operations, complex derivative securities, specific disputed contractual terms, and embedded intellectual property. In product liability cases, Mr. Hinton has estimated the value of future personal injury claims associated with silicone breast implants, asbestos, building defects, and pharmaceuticals. He has provided product liability valuation analysis in connection with corporate risk management, bankruptcy estimation, insurance coverage disputes, fraudulent conveyance actions, corporate litigation, and policy analysis. Mr. Hinton holds a BA in engineering science from Oxford University and an MA in public policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Robert Horkovich is a shareholder at Anderson Kill & Olick. Mr. Horkovich is “the ‘go-to person’ in the area of insurance recovery” reports Chambers USA based on an in-depth clients survey. He is a top ranked lawyer nationally, recognized by Chambers USA 2008: America’s Leading Lawyer for Business as “the first and only choice for clients.” Mr. Horkovich has obtained more than $5 billion in settlements and judgments from insurance companies for his clients during the past decade. His trial victories include one of the top 10 jury verdicts in the U.S. in 2003, the top insurance recovery jury verdict in the U.S. in 2005, five landmark state Supreme Court decisions, eight jury verdicts and either bench trial decisions in favor of the policyholders. Mr. Horkovich is the lead trial counsel for the State of California regarding environmental insurance recoveries. He has been selected for several significant worldwide projects by the United Nations as its general insurance counsel. He has been selected by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and has the top rating in Martindale-Hubbell. In 2009, LexisNexis named Mr. Horkovich as its “Policyholder Lawyer of the Year.” Matthew Jacobs is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office. He is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and its Insurance Litigation and Counseling, Reinsurance, Antitrust Litigation and International Arbitration Practices. Mr. Jacobs is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell’s highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Mr. Jacobs is responsible for complex, multi-party insurance coverage litigation matters in state and federal courts, and he regularly advises corporations on the availability of insurance coverage for a wide variety of claims, including those related to directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, mortgage lending practices, mold and water damage, business interruption losses, product liability, mutual fund late-trading and market timing lawsuits and regulatory investigations and environmental matters. He was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co. and Phelps Dodge Miami Inc. v. American Ins. Co., et al. Case No. CV98-00530 (Maricopa Cty., Ariz.), a coverage action resulting in trial and arising from the cleanup of a 100-year old mine site outside of Phoenix, Arizona. He has litigated environmental insurance coverage matters for the past 21 years on behalf of Fortune 100 companies. He regularly counsels corporate boards on issues related to directors and officers’ exposures and indemnification. Selected reported cases in which he has appeared as counsel include: United States Fire Ins. Co. v. National Gypsum Co., et al., 101 F.3d 813 (2d Cir. 1996); Reliance Ins. Co. v. Armstrong World Ind., 678 A.2d 1152 (N.J. App. Div. 1996) (amicus); SCA Services, Inc. v. Transportation Ins. Co., 646 N.E.2d 394 (Mass. 1995); National Union Fire Ins. Co., et al. v. Stauffer Chemical Co., 558 A.2d 1091 (Del. Super Ct. 1989); and Broadwell Realty Services, Inc. v. Fidelity & Casualty Co., et al., 528 A.2d 76 (N.J. App. Div.1987) (amicus). Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Jacobs spent 18 years at K&L Gates, where he led the Insurance Practice Group in the Washington, DC office. He also served as law clerk to John W. Kern, III of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (1981-1982) and worked for five and one-half years as an associate at Covington & Burling. Allan Kanner is the founder and senior member at Kanner & Whiteley, L.L.C. Mr. Kanner has a wealth of experience litigating complex class action lawsuits, and practices in the areas of environmental, toxic tort, commercial litigation, and consumer fraud. In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Kanner also serves the legal profession as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane Law School (1990-2008), a Visiting Lecturer in Law at University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2004), at Yale Law School (Fall 2002), Visiting Senior Lecturer at Duke University (Fall 2000) (Spring 2004), and Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School (Spring 2001). Mr. Kanner is a frequent lecturer and speaker on a variety of topics, and is the author of Environmental and Toxic Tort Trials (LexisNexis) (2d ed.), as well as more than 60 articles in the diverse fields of torts, trial practice, civil discovery, civil RICO, environmental law, toxic torts, class actions, and business and consumer fraud. During 1998 and 1999, Mr. Kanner was one of the principal authors of the Louisiana Judges’ Complex Litigation Bench Book, and he has also been an instructor at the Louisiana Judicial College. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he clerked for the late Judge Robert S. Vance of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the bars of California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico (Federal), and has successfully handled novel and complex matters throughout the United States. Mr. Kanner holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Harvard Law School. John Kilpatrick, PhD, is the CEO of Greenfield Advisors, a 35-year-old real estate advisory firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, as well as the Managing Partner of Greenfield Capital Management. He holds a doctorate in Real Estate Finance, and prior to joining Greenfield, Dr. Kilpatrick taught real estate and corporate finance at the University of South Carolina. He was also one of the founders, and the first Administrator, of the South Carolina Supercomputer Network. Dr. Kilpatrick is currently a Visiting Scholar in Real Estate at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York, and serves on the Finance Department Advisory Board for Washington State University. Dr. Kilpatrick is the author of four books on real estate, contributing author to three others, including the American Bar Association’s forthcoming book, Brownfields (3rd edition), as well as the author of more than 100 monographs, scholarly journal articles, and working papers. He is a Fellow of the American Real Estate Society, a Member of the Faculty of Valuation of the British Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and is active in numerous professional and academic organizations. Dr. Kilpatrick is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer on real estate, finance, and economic topics. His recent invited speaking engagements include presentations to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Technology, the Asian Real Estate Society’s annual meeting in Shanghai, China, to Institutional Investor magazine’s “Integrated Wealth Management” conference in New York City, and to the Seattle Hedge Fund Society. Greenfield Advisors focuses on complex real estate advisory services, including investment management, litigation support, and workout consulting. Carol Kreiling is an Assistant Vice President in the Claims & Liabilities Department at Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation where she is responsible for handling casualty reinsurance claims on behalf of global and national insurance companies. Prior to joining the reinsurance claims department, Ms. Kreiling worked in the Direct Claims Department for Employers Reinsurance Corporation, where she handled and supervised professional liability claims, specifically, errors and omissions claims against insurance agents and brokers. Prior to joining Employers Reinsurance Corporation in 1992, she served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. Ms. Kreiling is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. Russell Nassof is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at TRC, a publicly traded environmental and engineering consulting firm with more than 100 offices worldwide. Mr. Nassof has been involved in the field of environmental risk consulting for more than 20 years concentrating his work in the areas of industrial hygiene, microbial contamination, toxic tort risk management, insurance defense, and infection control. Many of his risk management programs have been adopted as underwriting standards by the insurance industry and are utilized as risk barometers to evaluate emerging environmental and health related issues. Mr. Nassof has been involved with the issue of Chinese drywall in the State of Florida and has developed one of the first protocols for proceeding when the presence of the suspected drywall in a structure has not been confirmed. He has been working on projects involving Chinese drywall from Boynton Beach to Fort Myers on behalf of suppliers, insurance carriers, and homebuilders. Mr. Nassof has presented hundreds of seminars to legal, insurance, loss control, construction, and risk management groups in the US, Canada, and Europe, has coauthored books and patents, has provided expert testimony, and has been an innovator in the field of emerging environmental and health care issues. Mr. Nassof received his undergraduate and JD degrees from Emory University. Michael Packer is a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Mr. Packer heads the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Extra-Contractual Damages Department for Florida. In addition, he leads the firm’s state-wide Defective Chinese Drywall Practice Group. MDWCG has Florida offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville. Mr. Packer primarily represents insurers in claims made and suits brought against them in coverage and extra-contractual liability matters. He is often called upon to provide pre-suit coverage analysis and opinions, as well as to conduct examinations under oath, file DEC actions and provide assistance to insurance carriers who are required to respond to Civil Remedy Notices of Insurer Violations. In addition, his practice focuses on general insurance defense, including construction defect, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, employment discrimination, professional liability, subrogation, insurance coverage, bad faith and civil litigation. Mr. Packer has participated in a number of jury trials through verdict in State and Federal court, all of which resulted in either a defense verdict or a verdict which was less than the amount demanded. He has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, having represented clients in a number of mediation, neutral evaluation and arbitration proceedings. He routinely advises clients on the evaluation and resolution of multi-claimant matters. Mr. Packer has presented a number of seminars on property damage and insurance coverage, best claims practices, auto negligence, uninsured motorist and bad faith claims. In addition, he has lectured on defending first party property damage claims including windstorm, sinkhole and mold claims, which included review and analysis of claims handling procedures, as well as recommendations for the same. Mr. Packer earned his BA from the State University of New York at Albany (1994) and his JD cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law (1997). Richard Parent, PhD, DABT, FATS, RAC, ERT, is a board certified toxicologist with more than 12 years' experience in the field of industrial toxicology and an additional 24 years' experience in litigation support for both the plaintiff and defense. He has testified in local and federal courts as an expert in toxicology and has given expert testimony in the disciplines of toxicology and chemistry. During his career, he has spent 10 years in research on organic chemicals at American Cyanamid Company. In the field of toxicology, he has initiated and carried out an active program in product safety relating to toxicology for the Xerox Corporation. he has directed two contract toxicology laboratories: Food and Drug Research Laboratories, Inc. and Gulf South Research Institute, Life Sciences Division. In 1984, he established Consultox, Limited, a toxicology consulting firm, and has since consulted in product safety for various industries and has designed toxicology studies to assess the safety of materials being considered for use in a variety of products. For litigants, he has provided toxicological support and has lectured on and addressed causation issues for the plaintiff as well as the defense. He is board certified by the American Board of Toxicology, the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, and the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. He is a recognized expert in toxicology in France and the European Community. Mark Rigler, PhD, is a Senior Consultant at the Atlanta Corporate Laboratory of Materials Analytical Services in Suwanee, GA. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Biology and received his doctorate in Microbiology from the University of Georgia where he also performed postdoctoral research. During his 20+ years at Materials Analytical Services, Dr. Rigler has served as the Director of Biological Services, the Materials Analysis Group Leader, the Industrial Hygiene and Microbiologicals Group Leader, and as Vice President. His interests include; tissue, chemical, air, particle and materials analysis. He has designed and implemented custom analysis projects for a wide range of large and small companies. Dr. Rigler has published and presented on a variety scientific topics during his career. He is a member of the Microscopy Society of America, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Chemical Society, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), The American Industrial Hygiene Association, and he is a member of the ASTM D22 committee on Air Quality. His laboratory has been actively researching drywall constituents and drywall gas emissions as well as developing methods to identify drywall manufacturers. Leigh Ann Schell is a founding partner of Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC. Ms. Schell was granted early admission to Loyola Law School after three years of undergraduate education. In 1987, after her first year of law school, Ms. Schell received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in English/Pre-law. In 1989, Ms. Schell graduated cum laude from Loyola University School of Law ranked in the top 5% of her class. In law school, Ms. Schell was a member of the Law Review and served on the Moot Court Board both as a team member and coach. She was also a teaching assistant for legal research and writing. Ms. Schell is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Through the IADC, Ms. Schell has been appointed to the Federal Rules Committee. As a marathon runner, Ms. Schell knows first hand that most tasks are marathons not sprints, and incorporates that discipline into pursuing good results Owen Shean is a shareholder in the national law firm of Akerman Senterfitt in its Vienna, Virginia office. Mr. Shean represents clients in commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice focuses upon construction related matters, insurance, government contracts, and creditors’ rights. Mr. Shean has worked with clients in the construction, insurance, semiconductor, software, and chemical processing industries. Mr. Shean received a BA magna cum laude and JD from the University of Virginia. He lectures and writes frequently on insurance and construction law. He is co-author of Construction Insurance: Coverages & Disputes, The Michie Company, 1994, updated 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2007. Mr. Shean was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1988-2000. You can contact Mr. Shean at firstname.lastname@example.org.