SETTING THE CONTEXT


Moderator:

IGnacia s. moreno

CEO & Principal, The iMoreno Group; Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources

Ignacia S. Moreno

Ignacia S. Moreno is a nationally recognized leader in the field of environmental and natural resources law and has practiced for more than 25 years. She is the Chief Executive Officer and a Principal of The iMoreno Group, PLC, a law firm that offers legal services and strategic counseling on environmental and natural resources matters in the context of regulatory compliance, enforcement proceedings, litigation, business transactions, project development, and government relations.  The firm also offers advice and counsel on corporate, criminal defense, and immigration matters.  

Ms. Moreno was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate (93 to 0) and served as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice from 2009 to 2013.  She was recognized for her outstanding service, including her leadership of the Division’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  She is the first Latina ever to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in its 106-year history.  Ms. Moreno is a former Counsel for the Northeast/Midwest Regions and International at the General Electric Company, and has practiced law at two prominent Washington, D.C. law firms, including as a Partner.  She also served at the Department of Justice for seven years during the Clinton Administration.  

Ms. Moreno currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the Trust for Public Land; the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law; and the Board of Directors of Green Diversity Initiative (Green 2.0).  She has served as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and as General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association.  Ms. Moreno was named as one of the Top 100 Green Leaders in the United States by PODER Hispanic Magazine in 2013 and as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine in 1995 and 2009.

Ms. Moreno received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law.  


Speakers:

RObert haddad, ph.d.

Division Chief, Assessment and Restoration Division, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

Robert Haddad, PH.D.

Dr. Bob Haddad works for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) as the Chief of the Assessment & Restoration Division. In this position, he also co-leads NOAA’s Damage Assessment Remediation & Restoration Program (DARRP). 

For much of the past 8 years, Dr. Haddad has focused predominantly on leading NOAA’s Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damages Assessment efforts.  In this capacity he is managing a nationwide team of scientists and economists with an annual budget of >$100M and continues to provide technical leadership for the Trustees and briefings to Congress and senior Administration officials.    

Dr. Haddad earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography at UNC, Chapel Hill with a focus on sedimentary organic geochemistry.  Following post-doctoral fellowships at NASA and at Stanford University, he joined Unocal’s Petroleum Geochemistry Research Group and provided in-house company-wide consultation on petroleum exploration and environmental liability issues.  While at Unocal, Dr. Haddad also provided expert witness support in Forensic Geochemistry and technical leadership for NRDA in Unocal’s worldwide emergency response organization.  After leaving Unocal, he was responsible for strategic and technical leadership on OPA NRDA cases as West Coast Regional Risk Manager for ENTRIX, Inc. and then as a Vice President for ARCADIS-JSA.  Prior to joining NOAA, Dr. Haddad was President and Principal Scientist for Applied Geochemical Strategies, Inc.  In this role, he provided strategic and technical liability consulting for clients (OPA and CERCLA NRDA and non-NRDA issues) and expert witness testimony in various aspects of forensic geochemistry.  


Brian d. israel

Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

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Brian Israel is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP. Mr. Israel focuses his practice on environmental litigation and counseling. One of the nation's leading lawyers for Natural Resource Damages (NRD), Mr. Israel has been serving as lead NRD counsel to BP in relation to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also represents corporations in matters involving environmental enforcement and contaminated properties (including toxic tort lawsuits).

Mr. Israel's litigation experience includes representing corporations in matters involving workplace safety, incident investigations, and product liability. His counseling practice covers environmental issues in large corporate transactions, brownfields redevelopment, environmental management systems, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Mr. Israel was an Honors Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). While at the DOJ, Mr. Israel handled several high-profile environmental cases, including a large Natural Resource Damages claim related to the marine impacts of dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) disposal. In 1998, Mr. Israel was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments in a Clean Air Act jury trial. He also litigated claims on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

He holds a B.A. in Environmental Philosophy from New College, University of South Florida, and a J.D., Cum Laude, from New York University

For more information, see http://www.arnoldporter.com/professionals.cfm?action=view&id=407

 

Anne wagner, ph.d.

Team Manager, ESHIA & Natural Resources Conservation, Chevron Energy Technology Company

Anne Wagner, Ph.D.

Dr. Anne Wagner is a Team Manager, with Chevron’s Energy Technology Company (ETC) Environmental Unit based in San Ramon, California. An Environmental Scientist with Chevron since 1996, she joined ETC HES in 2011.  Dr. Wagner manages the team responsible for providing technical expertise to Chevron for ecological services including biodiversity, natural resources management, facilitation of environmental, social and health impact assessments and reviews for new projects; and the team also provides technical support for environmental remote sensing.  She continues to provide technical expertise to Chevron in managing Natural Resource Damage Assessment issues, biodiversity and ecosystem services strategy and implementation, as well as site restoration.    

Prior to joining ETC, Dr. Wagner spent 15 years at Chevron’s Questa Mine in northern New Mexico. Her roles included Manager, Environmental and Public Policy, Manager, Environmental and Health Services, and Environmental Coordinator.   Responsibilities included State and Federal permitting, environmental compliance, implementation of an Administrative Order on Consent for a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study under the EPA CERCLA program, reclamation planning and managing local governmental affairs and regulatory issues.

Dr. Wagner received a B.S. Degree in Biology from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Agronomy and Horticulture from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Dr. Wagner also served 2 years in the Peace Corps in South America following completion of her undergraduate degree.

 

Lisa l. williams, PH.D.

Environmental Contaminants Branch Chief, East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Lisa L. Williams, PH.D.

Dr. Lisa Williams is the Environmental Contaminants Branch Chief at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office in Michigan. Previous to that, she worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist/Natural Resource Damage Assessment Specialist. In that time, much of her work has centered around the Great Lakes and freshwater river systems contaminated by PCBs and other persistent contaminants, but she has also worked on significant oil spills and a variety of contaminant issues related to National Wildlife Refuges, threatened and endangered species, and migratory birds.  

At the Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Williams has also worked as Acting Regional Environmental Contaminants Coordinator for Region 6, Acting Project Leader at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, and Acting Invasive Species Coordinator for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1997, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and/or of Zoology at Michigan State University.

In her career, Dr. Williams has received numerous awards, including: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2015 National Notable Achievement Award for Outstanding Use of Innovative Approaches to Achieve RCRA Permitting or Corrective Action Program Goals, the 2014 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America Government Service Award in 2014; the National Science Leadership Award for 2013 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of the Science Advisor; and the Honor Award for Superior Service from the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2011.

Dr. Williams received her B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Bradley University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries & Wildlife/Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University. 

 

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