Litigation Support & Expert Testimony

For more than two decades, First Environment has been applying its environmental expertise to the litigation support services market. Our litigation support and expert witness team represents a vast spectrum of environmental specialties and has a national reputation, having worked in more than 22 states. Our industrial and regulatory experience enables us to draw from a wealth of knowledge regarding past and current industry standards and regulations, particularly with regard to the management and disposal of hazardous materials (such as TCE contamination at aerospace sites; PCE involving dry cleaners; ammonium perchlorate for solid rocket fuel propellants; and PCBs in sealants, transformer oils, and preservatives). In addition, given our site investigation background and hands-on remediation experience, we understand how contaminants migrate and are experts at testifying about state-of-the-art and historical remediation techniques. Our specialized expertise in forensic investigations, in-depth knowledge of process operations, and more than 28 years of environmental engineering and regulatory experience enables us to provide case-winning legal support to our clients.

First Environment’s core strengths include forensic environmental investigations, environmental cost allocations, fate and transport modeling, regulatory compliance histories, and solving complex contamination issues related to personal injury and property damage/stigma cases. Our experts include senior personnel with advanced degrees in geology, chemistry, law, environmental management, and chemical engineering, with additional support from cost-effective professionals with degrees in forensic sciences, environmental policy, environmental science, economics, public policy, business administration, and graphic design. Diverse project experience and long-standing relationships with lawyers, investigators, and legal support teams underscores our credibility in this field.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Forensic environmental engineering
  • Expert reports
  • Trial testimony
  • Natural resource damage consulting
  • Liability apportionment
  • Past industrial practices
  • Regulatory standards of the time
  • Engineering standards of the time
  • Source identification, fate, and transport
  • Modeling
  • Site evaluation
  • Finger printing and age dating
  • Aerial photography review
  • Cost estimating/allocation
  • Strategic review
  • Research and historic big data management
  • Data completion/explanation
  • Investigations
  • Modeling
  • Depositions
  • Demonstratives/animations
  • Cross examination support
  • State of the art/standard of care determinations

Our Work

Mass Loading Expert Regarding MGPs for the Gowanus Canal NPL Site Remedial Design Allocation

Client: New York City Law Department
Location: Brooklyn, NJ

Gowanus Canal Site Allocation Support

Client: Sive Paget & Riesel
Location: Brooklyn, NJ

Expert Witness and Litigation Support Regarding Hudson Refinery

Client: Confidential
Location: Cushing, OK

Testifying Expert Witness Support TCE Toxic Tort Lawsuit

Client: Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.
Location: Joplin, MO

Litigation Support for Berry’s Creek NPL

Client: Confidential
Location: East Rutherford, NJ

Pre-Litigation Support for Orphan Uranium Mine Contamination

Client: DRS Technologies
Location: Arizona

Litigation Support for Contaminated Soil and Groundwater at Sperry Gyroscope Company

Client: Lockheed Martin
Location: Great Neck, NY

Insurance Coverage Subrogation Litigation for AIG

Client: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Location: California

Historic Environmental Due Diligence Litigation Support for Former Diamond Shamrock Site

Client: Occidental Chemical Corporation
Location: Newark, NJ

Expert Witness Services involving TCE Contamination in Groundwater

Client: Confidential
Location: Endicott, NY

Expert Witness and Litigation Support Services for U.S. Home Corporation

Client: U.S. Home Corporation
Location: Piscataway, MD

Expert Witness Services involving Historic Fill for New Jersey Schools Development Authority

Client: New Jersey Schools Development Authority
Location: Trenton, NJ

Expert Witness Services for Redlands/Beaumont CERCLA Litigation

Client: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Location: Redlands, CA

Expert Witness and Litigation Support Services at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Client: Lockheed Martin
Location: Paducah, KY

Burbank Airport Operations Review

Client: Lockheed Martin
Location: Burbank, CA