Hydraulic fracturing expert witness candidates are typically professional engineers with backgrounds in petroleum engineering, environmental engineering, completions engineering, chemical engineering, and/or hydrology.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is an oil and gas well stimulation technique that involves injecting water, sand and chemical compounds under high pressure into bedrock formations. Hydraulic fracturing has revolutionized oil and gas drilling, but fracking operations regulations are imperative to prevent groundwater contamination, safeguard wildlife, preserve drinking water, and minimize air pollution.
Legal cases involving hydraulic fracturing issues could involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement cases or trade secret disputes. A subject matter expert in fracking might also provide expert testimony in a product liability case, design defect case, personal injury case, or class action suit. Expert witness services by a hydraulic fracturing expert could include failure analysis, expert report, patent invalidity and validity arguments, deposition, expert opinion, and expert testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a subject matter expert with prior testimony experience. Whether the project involves natural gas extraction, hydraulic fracturing fluid, shale gas, frac sand, horizontal drilling, oil production, wells, chlorinated solvents, or any other component of hydraulic fracturing, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience needed to efficiently search and secure expert witnesses.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Hydraulic Fracturing experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Hydraulic Fracturing landscape.
This expert has been involved with hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation applications for many years, and essentially all types of treatment staging and diversion. This expert's involvement has included diversion recommendations and applications for hydraulic fracturing treatments in both vertical and horizontal wells, as well as in wells that have been treated with matrix acidizing treatments in sandstone and carbonates. Further, this expert has worked with limited entry, benzoic acid flakes, rock salt, oil-soluble resins, viscous polymers, sand, drillable bridge plugs, cast iron bridge plugs, and sliding sleeves for treatment diversion and is very familiar with the strengths and limitations of each technique. This expert holds a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Petroleum Engineering. This expert has experience and background with fracturing fluid chemistry and fluid additive development and in hydraulic fracturing applications worldwide. Having authored and co-authored several patents, this expert also has an understanding of the meanings and implications concerning patentability of things "new and novel and not immediately obvious to persons skilled in the art". In addition to consulting work, this expert teaches Hydraulic Fracturing Applications, Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing, and Acidizing in Sandstones and Carbonates which have segments related to treatment diversion and staging of treatments for effective zone coverage in horizontal and vertical wells. This expert has been involved as an expert witness in both the U.S. and Canada, including deposition/testimony.
This expert serves as Chairman of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems engineering at a prestigious university. This expert's primary research focus is in Hydraulic Fracturing, Flow in Porous Media, Water/Waste Injection and Formation Damage. This expert holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Before coming to academia this expert was a research engineer at an oilfield research company. This expert has been a primary consultant for many "players" in the geo-petroleum field on well stimulation and diverting agent technologies. This expert is well-published with over 150 refereed articles. This expert has presented at over 200 academic and industry conferences. This expert has a dozen granted patents in the field and more than that number as patents pending. This expert has experience as an expert witness.
This expert is a Completions Engineer, focusing a consulting practice on Hydraulic fracturing, downhole and horizontal applications, well stimulation and well optimization. As a project manager for numerous projects this expert has overseen operations for fracking and acidizing designs for numerous wells globally. This expert developed a reservoir simulation model that led to a new water injection strategy. The realignment stabilized the reservoir pressure & reduced production decline. This expert is a well-regarded authority in the field with a number of publications, and has served as a testifying expert in a number of matters, including intellectual property (district Court and PTAB). This expert has given Deposition testimony in nine cases, given trial testimony in four, and wrote expert reports in about a dozen more that never required testimony of any kind.
This expert has worked in the drilling industry for many years and in several countries, and is widely considered as an expert in planning and drilling relief wells to control oil and gas blowouts; the directional aspects of drilling relief wells are considered to be the most demanding form of directional drilling. This expert earned a PhD in Petroleum Engineering and a Master's of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. Throughout this expert's career, this expert has acquired a broad range of domestic and international experiences in the fields of direction drilling, completions, fracture stimulation, and production. This expert started working on wells where directional drilling was being conducted; worked drilling supervision on 100+ wells involving directional drilling; helped develop software that assessed directional survey data to determine true vertical depth, x and y departures from vertical and dog-leg severity; wrote a best-selling textbook which contains a chapter on directional drilling. It addresses survey calculations and interpretations as wells as equipment used during the directional drilling process, and taught directional drilling as part of an undergraduate course. This expert has authored five books, co-authored chapters in two publications and published 80 technical publications. This expert has been involved with the SPE and has served in several capacities. This expert is an Adjunct Professor teaching the undergraduate drilling course in the Petroleum Engineering Department. This expert has extensive litigation experience having been deposed and provided courtroom testimony on many occasions.
This expert began a career in the oil industry working summers offshore on several production platforms as a roustabout, before earning both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Petroleum Engineering.
This expert worked as a roughneck then joined a petroleum company as a Drilling Representative/Engineer and was involved in the design and well site supervision of drilling, completion and workover operations on over 200 wells, ranging in depths from 1,000' to over 17,000', in conventional, tight sand and shale reservoirs. This expert was the onsite operator representative overseeing operations performed by drilling, completion and workover rig companies and various subcontractors. This expert's drilling experience includes PDC, roller cone, RWD and bi-center bits, directional (including horizontal) wells, under reaming, coring, foams, fishing and multiple mud system experience. This expert's completion and workover experience includes acid and fracture stimulation, foam operations, sand control, remedial cementing, cased hole fishing, on both flowing and artificial lift wells (rod pump, gas lift, ESP). This expert also designed and supervised numerous thru-tubing workovers, coiled tubing stimulation and cementing operations. This expert was promoted to Area Engineer, responsible for the reservoir and production engineering. This expert was credited the most successful workover on a converted shut-in water injector, resulting in a 1,400 BOPD producing oil well.
This expert researched wellbore stresses using finite element modeling and graduated with a doctoral degree in Petroleum Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. This expert maintains an active practice in consulting, working in multiple basins in the United States, designing drilling, completion and workover programs.
This expert has taught graduate, undergraduate courses and industry seminars in Completions, Drilling and Workover Engineering. This expert has attended numerous industry schools, technical conferences and symposiums as part of continuing education.
This expert has 34 publications and three patents. This expert has presented at multiple workshops and conferences worldwide. This expert is a Principal in a highly respected consultancy, providing drilling, completion and workover consulting services, strategic planning, industry schools, intellectual property and expert witness services. This expert is a member of the SPE, AADE, ACS, ASME, AGU, Sigma Xi, Pi Epsilon Tau, and is a registered professional petroleum engineer.