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Looking for Technical Assistance in Litigation Proceedings?

As an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, David Gossman, BS, MS, FAIC, CFEI, President, Gossman Consulting, Inc. can provide expert technical assistance to legal counsel in litigation involving chemical and environmental forensics, hazardous waste materials, laboratory testing, hazardous materials handling, regulatory compliance, fires and explosions, accidents at hazardous waste management facilities and injury or chemical exposure claims due to hazardous materials or hazardous materials operations.

Experience

The list below provides examples from some of his litigation support history. In most of these cases the dispute was settled in favor of our client shortly after submission of our expert witness report, our deposition or testimony at trial. A comprehensive list with added details is available upon request.

    Identified the nontypical source of dioxin emissions from a cement plant and assisted counsel in defending the client company from associated enforcement action.

    Identified the causes of an explosion and fire that resulted in a fatality at a hazardous waste management facility and assisted with the defense in the resulting civil case.

    Testified at trial on behalf of plaintiffs in a case involving an industrial burn accident at a cement plant.

    Provided technical reports and assisted counsel during hearings regarding an adjudicated permit for a cement plant in the state of New York.

    Testified at trial on behalf of plaintiffs in a case involving the release of oily waste from a containment structure failure.

    Provided an expert report and assisted counsel during settlement negotiation on an enforcement case brought by the federal EPA against a hazardous waste management company.

    Provided an expert report that identified the cause of an explosion and fire of a rail car containing hazardous waste derived from the process of manufacturing toluene diisocyanate.

    Provided an expert report that identified the cause of a fire and explosion in storage tanks containing flammable solvents.

    Provided an expert report and testified for over a day relative to an adjudicated permit hearing in the state of Texas for a hazardous waste management facility.

    Provided an expert report in a civil case relative to patents on a process for using waste materials in an industrial process.

    Provided an expert report in a civil environmental enforcement case on behalf of a union representing workers at the plant which was the subject of the complaint.

    Assisted counsel to prepare for a civil case relative to environmental damages to an adjoining property.

    Expert opinion letter provided relative to criminal complaint regarding violation of RCRA hazardous waste management regulations.

    Work place sampling and data interpretation provided relative to potential toxic metal worker exposure in a civil case.

    Identified the cause of and wrote an expert opinion letter regarding an explosion and fire that injured an employee at a hazardous waste management facility.

    Wrote an expert report relative to a civil cased on behalf of the injured plaintiff regarding the explosion of an aerosol can.
   
    Wrote an expert report and testified at trial regarding an odor issue alleged to have come from a storage warehouse.

Incidents routinely occur as a result of poorly designed or executed procedures including:
Proper analysis of these potential causes requires both technical and operational expertise.  GCI has the technical background and the needed communication skills to explain the science behind what happened and the real life operational experience to explain why it happened.  Incidents that prompt litigation do not just happen, they occur as the result of a string of decisions that can date back to the initial facility design.  Even a badly written regulation may contribute to the eventual incident.  Clearly GCI’s experience and expertise can be a valuable aid in preparing for litigation.     

GCI provides the technical expertise and develops the evidentiary basis for legal arguments relying on or involving:


Expertise

David Gossman has a B.S. and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Physical Science, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (FAIC) and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI).  He is President, Gossman Consulting, Inc., President, ChemRight Laboratories, Inc., Owner, Hidden Bluffs Farm and Sole Proprietor, TreeFarmProducts.com.  He has been Manager, Cement Kiln Services for Safety‑Kleen Corp.; Manager, Business Development for McKesson Envirosystems; and Technical Director for Systech Corp.  He has, over the last thirty-three years, developed a large number of the commercially available systems for utilizing hazardous waste as fuel in cement kilns.  Prior to entering the hazardous waste management field in 1980, he held a non‑teaching faculty position at the Michigan State University Heavy Ion Laboratory where he worked as an instrumentation engineer.  He is on various committees for ASTM International including: Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres; Waste Management; Molecular Spectroscopy; and Chromatography and Occupational Health and Safety. Over the years David Gossman has been involved in the process of developing, reviewing and approving numerous ASTM standards.  He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Society of Environmental Forensics and is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)-Section of Environment, Energy & Resources and Section of Tort Trial & Insurance Practice. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI).

The following links provide a few examples of the expertise we can provide.

GCI Tech Notes "HAZOP - Before You Start" April 2009

The Use of a Comprehensive Facility Operations Review and HAZOP Study to Limit Liabilities and Risks in the Operation of Hazardous Waste Fuel Facilities

GCI Tech Notes "Restricting Highly Toxic Wastes at Hazardous Waste Fuel Facilities" Mar-99

GCI Tech Notes "HAZOP REVIEWS" August-98

GCI Tech Notes "Working Together in Plant Operations" Dec-96

GCI Tech Notes "EPA Dioxin Exposure Assessment Comments”, Feb-95

"The Added Risk to Health, Safety and the Environment Due to the BIF Regulation"

HWF Notes "GC Solvents-Safety and Health”, Feb-93

HWF Notes "DOT Hazmat Training”, Jan-93

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David Gossman

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