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									                             HB Litigation Conferences Presents
                    Chinese Drywall Litigation & Insurance Coverage Update
                                       November 11, 2009

                                          Chair and Faculty Biographies


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.

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
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

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 owen.shean@akerman.com.

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