Bioeconomy Litigation Experts
Biofuels and renewable energy consulting involves a cadre of experts specializing in various biofuels. These include ethanol, biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, sustainable aviation fuels, marine biofuels, biomass power, renewable natural gas (RNG), biogas, renewable diesel, Fischer-Tropsch issues, syngas, gas-to-liquids (GTL), biobutanol/isobutanol, fuel additives, and more.
In these continually evolving industries, seasoned professionals are well-acquainted with the cyclical nature of biofuels and feedstock prices and the inevitable legal disputes that arise when plants fail and/or shut down. These disputes often result in lawsuits as the participants seek their various recourses. As these are rather specialized areas with comparatively few experts, the role of the expert witness is often pivotal in determining the cause(s) of process and equipment failures, preventative measures that could have been taken, and helping assess the economic consequences that occurred as a result.
Working Experts Who Serve as Expert Witnesses
Most good biofuels expert witnesses are primarily “working experts,” operating primarily on projects within their respective specialties while occasionally offering to serve as expert witnesses in this type of litigation. These seasoned experts have a deep commitment to rigorously scrutinizing the details of any claim(s). Their objective is to thoroughly investigate and dissect the different aspects of the case, and to furnish the lawyers hiring them with valuable insights into causation and/or the extent of damages.
Good expert witnesses bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to bear on each of these specialized cases, and must always be dedicated to impartiality and objectivity. They should understand their role in litigation and be versed in the qualification process required under Daubert standards, and the Federal Rules of Evidence and Rules of Civil Procedure applicable to expert witnesses. Most importantly, before accepting an engagement, good experts always conduct a check for potential conflicts and a thorough preliminary evaluation to ensure that they possess the specialization needed.
Lee Enterprises Consulting has over 180 experts that can help navigate your bioeconomy needs, including requests for expert witnesses. If you need assistance, please contact us.
For a full discussion on expert witnesses and hiring those in the bioeconomy, see our two articles: ”The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation” and “Hiring An Expert Witness in The Bioeconomy”.