Law Seminars International Presents: An Intensive Introductory Session on

Natural Resource Damages 101
A quick way to get up to speed for people new to the field

March 9, 2016
Arnold & Porter LLP Conference Center in Washington, DC

Who Should Order This Homestudy

In-house, private and government attorneys; policymakers; company executives and risk managers; consultants and others who are new to natural resource damage assessments and claims

Why You Should Order

If you're new to natural resource damages or need a quick refresher on how the pieces fit together, join us for our NRD 101 introductory session. A panel of experts will cover the legal, scientific, economic and policy underpinnings for this unique and important subject area.

Program Co-Chairs: Ira M. Gottlieb, Esq., McCarter & English, LLP and Brian D. Israel, Esq., Arnold & Porter LLP

What You Will Learn


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

2:30 pm

Registration Opens for NRD 101 Mini-Seminar

2:55 pm

Introduction to a Unique "NRD 101" Mini-Seminar Covering the Key Elements and Defense of an NRD Case, Including General Areas of Science and Economics

Ira M. Gottlieb, Esq., Program Co-Chair
McCarter & English, LLP / Newark, NJ

Brian D. Israel, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Arnold & Porter LLP / Washington, DC

3:00 pm

The Claim

Who can bring an NRD case? What are the elements of a claim and what are the types of damages?

Jean Martin, Esq., Senior Counsel, HSSE
BP America Inc. / Houston, TX

3:30 pm

The Defenses

What are the critical defenses applicable in all (or most) NRD cases? How should a company defend against an NRD claim or investigation?

Lanny S. Kurzweil, Esq.
McCarter & English, LLP / Newark, NJ

4:00 pm

The Science

What are the roles of science and scientific experts in prosecuting and defending an NRD claim?

Ann Michelle Morrison, Sc.D., Senior Managing Scientist, EcoSciences
Exponent, Inc. / Maynard, MA

4:30 pm

The Economics

Key economic principles in valuing natural resource damages, including everything you wanted to know about an HEA but were afraid to ask

Rick Dunford, Ph.D., Founder and Owner
Environmental Economics Services, LLC / Raleigh, NC

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn


Advanced Program March 10 & 11

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Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $195 with a group rate of $145 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $130. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $97.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 2 VA CLE credits (pending). Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Ira M. Gottlieb, Program Co-Chair, partner, McCarter & English, LLP, lead's the Environment & Energy Practice Group and focuses on environmental and energy law, natural resource damages, insurance coverage on behalf of policyholders and commercial litigation. Previously, he was Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. EPA Region III.

Brian D. Israel, Program Co-Chair, partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, specializes in environmental litigation and counseling, representing corporations in contaminated properties matters, including toxic tort lawsuits and NRD claims. He is the author of the Natural Resource Damages chapter in the Environmental Law Practice Guide.

Rick Dunford, Ph.D., Founder and Owner, Environmental Economics Services, LLC, specializes in the recreational impacts of oil spills and hazardous-substance releases, as well as groundwater damages from hazardous-substance releases.

Lanny S. Kurzweil, partner, Environment & Energy Practice Group, McCarter & English, LLP, handles cost recovery actions in environmental cases involving landfills, groundwater, and soil contamination, and advises on NRD.
Full bio and contact info for Lanny S. Kurzweil at McCarter & English, LLP

Jean Martin is Senior Counsel, HSSE, in the Legal Department of BP America Inc.

Ann Michelle Morrison, Sc.D., Senior Managing Scientist, EcoSciences, Exponent, Inc., specializes in NRDA, environmental causal analysis, and assessments of water quality conditions.