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Natural Resource Damages Expert Witnesses and Science

Given the breadth of the resources and uses that can be impacted by significant discharges of chemicals and hazardous substances into a surface water body, NRD claims are often the most significant, complex and costly environmental claims. Because the attorneyss at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC are at the forefront of NRD litigation and related matters, we are able to add efficiencies and reduce costs through an understanding of and appreciation for the critical legal, scientific, and economic factors that must be addressed to effectively prosecute or defend against such claims.

Our attorneys have researched, analyzed and become acutely familiar with the issues and expert witness disciplines related to determining baseline, as well as other important legal issues associated with NRD, such as preemption, causation, retroactivity, statutes of limitation, scope of trusteeship and resource management, and the many issues impacting overlapping trusteeship.

Through our representation of both trustees and private sector clients, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC regularly guides our clients and their technical, economic, regulatory, and ecological expert witnesses at a very high level. Our attorneys have worked as both plaintiff and defendant with expert witnesses in all facets of NRD, including baseline, fate and transport, wildlife receptors, bioaccumulation, source identification, hydrology and hydrodynamics, toxicology, chemical fingerprinting, economic impacts and quantification of damages, restoration impacts, and various other disciplines involved in NRDA.

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  • As part of a team of civil lawyers working pro bono, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs partner John Hagan obtained a landmark decision from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that fundamentally changes the process for certifying juveniles to stand trial as adults in the State of Texas.
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC has been selected as a 2015 "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers.
  • Victor Cardenas has been honored by the Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University by being selected as an adjunct professor to teach a graduate level class in leadership and decision making.
  • Lori Warner has been named among "The Best Lawyers in America" in the Environmental practice area for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson has been honored as a leading Environmental Litigator by Chambers and Partners' 2014 Chambers USA Guide.
  • Bill Jackson has been named to "Texas Super Lawyers" again for 2014.
  • Will Petit has been recognized with the "Rising Star Award" by Texas Tech University School of Law for his exemplary contributions, service and leadership to the profession and law school.
  • Bill Jackson received the 2014 Dean's Award for outstanding service to the University of Houston Law School.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were again named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers.
  • Lori Warner and Bill Jackson were named "Top Rated Lawyers in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and the National Law Journal.
  • Bill Jackson and Lori Warner were honored in the Texas Lawyer as "Top Rated Lawyers in Texas" and A/V preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • John Gilmour and Bill Jackson recently presented on litigating natural resource damages matters on behalf of State trustees at the Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting in July 2014.
  • Bill Jackson recently presented on Settlement Strategies and Enforcement in environmental and natural resource damages matters at Law Seminars International NRD Seminar July 2014.