Environmental Litigation and Expert Support
DBS&A provides technical expertise to attorneys and mediators in support of environmental, water resource, and water rights legal disputes.
We offer technical expertise in:
- Providing technical assistance during mediation, settlement negotiations or alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
- Developing expert opinion reports and declarations
- Providing expert testimony and depositions
- Providing confidential consulting during all phases of dispute resolution
- Developing and managing environmental databases, courtroom exhibits, or visualizations
Our staff includes specialists in hydrogeology, geochemistry, contaminant fate and transport, indoor air vapor intrusion, groundwater modeling, vadose zone hydrology, underground injection (hydraulic fracturing, in-situ uranium leaching, brine disposal, carbon sequestration), and data visualization.
DBS&A experts have a reputation for technical integrity and expert opinions based on sound science. We provide defensible technical support with expert declarations formed on the basis of scientific research and findings, professional experience, technical expertise and an in-depth understanding of environmental science, policy, and regulation.
DBS&A experts have presented expert testimony and deposition in cases involving:
- Indoor air vapor intrusion of chlorinated solvents (e.g., trichloroethene [TCE]) and petroleum hydrocarbons
- Water rights, groundwater resources transfers, disputes, and basin adjudication
- Due diligence for real estate and business transactions and land development
- Groundwater and soil contamination and site remediation, including chlorinated solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, radionuclides, and petroleum hydrocarbons at sites regulated under CERCLA, RCRA and state regulatory programs
- Identification of potentially responsible parties (PRPs)
- Multi-party Superfund cost allocation for contaminated groundwater and soil
- Toxic torts
- Forensic environmental investigations
- Environmental damages and human health risk assessment
- Oil and gas production and brine discharge
- In-situ uranium leaching operations
- Total maximum daily load (TMDL) and waste load allocations
- Waste disposal facility closure, including evapotranspiration (ET) and water balance covers
- Proposed State and Federal regulations and permit applications, including New Mexico’s Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) Copper Rule; U.S. EPA in-situ uranium leaching regulations; U.S. EPA underground injection control (UIC) geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide permits; California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Superfund remediation; California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB); and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) waste discharge requirements.
DBS&A experts base opinions on state-of-the-science methods, including analytical and numerical groundwater, vadose zone and contaminant fate and transport modeling and advanced statistical analyses. Our professionals are leaders in their respective fields, and have a strong track record of scientific publication, membership on editorial boards of major scientific journals, and presentation at local, national and international environmental conferences.
Alleged Brine Contamination
Expert Testimony and
Multi-Source Soil and Groundwater Chlorinated Solvent Investigation, Vapor Intrusion Assessment, and Remediation
Central Coast, California