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Program Overview

Personal injury claims from lead exposure involve very serious allegations of permanent brain injuries to children with huge damage claims. Fueled by the Flint, Michigan crisis, lead lawsuits are rapidly expanding from lead paint claims to alleged lead exposure from drinking water, groundwater, soil, and airborne media. This presentation will highlight the leading cases and current exposure and causation theories. The panel of experienced lead defense trial lawyers will explain the legal and scientific defenses to lead claims and damages. We will also review the complex web of statues and regulations governing lead and how clients can limit risk of lead claims.

Who Should Attend

  • In-house counsel for all industries
  • Defense lawyers representing all industries
  • Municipalities, public entities and their counsel
  • Water purveyors
  • Insurance counsel

What You Will Learn

  • Steps that defense counsel and their clients can take to limit risk
  • Insight on the shifting legal and regulatory landscape, the latest causation and damage assessments ,and potential remedies involved in lead cases
  • The landscape of lead litigation across the country, focusing on emerging new theories of exposure and liability
  • Defenses that work in lead cases
  • Potential damages related to the cognitive-impairment and future lost earnings of exposed children


Adam H. LoveAdam H. Love has over 15 years of experience in environmental engineering, contaminant forensic signature identification, litigation support, and contaminant transport assessment and remediation. Dr. Love has provided strategic and technical review, guidance regarding site activities at numerous CERCLA sites, litigation support on numerous complex environmental matters both private party and CERCLA/RCRA sites. He has also provided expert technical guidance for state legislative actions and federal advisory panels on a range of traditional and non-traditional environmental hazards.

Susan E. SmithSusan E. Smith is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in the firm’s Baltimore office and leads the Toxic Torts arm of the firm’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Practice Group. A seasoned litigator with nearly 20 years of experience, Ms. Smith defends clients in various industries against claims alleging personal injury as a result of Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne pathogens, lead poisoning, chemical burns and inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, and exposure to other potentially harmful substances. She regularly obtains successful results for property owners and environmental engineering and consulting firms in a wide range of matters relating to soil and water contamination involving residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

James B. SlaughterJames B. Slaughter has a national practice in environmental, toxic tort and constitutional litigation. Toxic tort defense is a significant part of Mr. Slaughter's practice, including defense of wrongful death, serious personal injury and nuisance claims. He has handled the country’s most significant cases involving alleged public health impacts from lead in drinking water. Mr. Slaughter regularly and successfully challenges plaintiffs’ medical and causation experts under Daubert and Frye. Mr. Slaughter has tried numerous jury and bench trials and argued cases before many federal and state appellate and trial courts across the country, including the California, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia supreme courts.

Patrick T. ConnorPatrick T. Connor is the Technical Director at CONNOR. Mr. Connor has over 30 years of environmental compliance experience related to asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint, risk management, indoor air quality, moisture infiltration, and fungal growth. Mr. Connor has been personally involved with the evolution of regulatory language, guidelines, and procedures involving lead-based paint in housing since the issue first garnered attention at the federal level. He also has served by appointment on the Federal Task Force on Lead-Based Paint pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, the HUD External Review Panel: Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing, the EPA dialogue group for standards addressing Lead-Based Paint Hazards (Section 403 rulemaking), and the EPA dialogue group for standards addressing Renovation and Remodeling Activities (Section 406 rulemaking)

Marc ScarcellaMarc Scarcella is a Principal at Roux Associates where he leads Economic & Complex Litigation Practice. Marc has fifteen years of experience as an economic consultant for mass tort litigation, specializing in quantitative methods and their applications in dispute resolution and strategic litigation management. He has extensive experience estimating litigation risk and economic damages associated with latent personal injury claims due to environmental and product liability. Mr. Scarcella has acted as consulting or testifying expert on a number of complex insurance coverage cases and has developed economic models for estimating potential insurance recoveries due to environmental and product liability claims. He has applied his expertise in forecasting future loss and litigation risk to the areas of asbestos, silica, pharmaceutical, medical device, water contamination, sports-related head trauma, tobacco litigation, and various deleterious substances..

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