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2017 Georgia Environmental Conference

OBG recently participated in the Georgia Environmental Conference on August 23-25 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Georgia and presented an Early Session Workshop on environmental litigation. Our team of experts also challenged attendees to OBG's Environmental Trivia Challenge.


View our Workshop presentation:

Selecting and Managing Expert Witnesses to Support Environmental Litigation [Presentation]

Moderator: Maureen Hoke, OBG
SpeakersLawrence Malizzi, PG, OBG; Adam Sowatzka, King & Spalding; Mathew McCoy, McCorkle & Johnson; Jimmy Kirkland, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

In many cases, a key component to successful litigation is the proper use of expert witnesses to support or defend a position. With regard to environmental litigation, experts are used regularly to opine on issues, such as, regulatory and permit applicability; types, timing, and extent of contamination; remedial technology; human health and ecological risk; natural resource damages; various costs and damage, and a whole host of other topics. Media affected often include air, soil, sediment, water, groundwater, and tissue, as well as, various human health impacts (e.g. cancer). The selection and management of experts is used by counsel for both private and public entities. During this session, the panel will incorporate their extensive experience to discuss a number of related topics, such as expert selection, testifying versus consulting experts, preparation of expert reports and opinions, attorney-client privilege and confidentiality, depositions and deposition preparation, settlement negotiation, mediation and arbitration, and courtroom testimony. Each panelist will briefly discuss an aspect of expert witness support, and then the entire panel will participate in a facilitated discussion of a fictitious litigation scenario based in Georgia.