Organic chemistry expert witness candidates generally have PhDs and extensive experience in forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering and/or analytical chemistry. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services is often called upon by law firm clients to locate an expert witness to support matters involving organic chemistry.
An organic chemist understands the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds. With a wide range of applications, organic compounds are used in pharmaceutical, petrochemicals, food, explosives, paints, and cosmetics, rubber, plastics, fuel, detergent, and coatings, as examples. There are many disciplines within the world of chemistry, and even sub-disciplines of organic chemistry. An organic chemist specializing in organic synthesis replicates molecules of living nature, and these molecules facilitate biology and drug candidates for clinical research and development. Organic synthesis is also used to create products such as fuels, pesticides, perfumes, cosmetics, fabrics and all sorts of high-technology materials. A medicinal chemist applies chemistry training to the process of synthesizing new pharmaceuticals.
Litigation support by an organic chemistry expert often involves intellectual property matters such as a patent litigation or a trade secret dispute. An organic chemistry expert might also provide testimony in matters such as a product liability or medical case that requires toxicology or chemical exposure expertise. A forensic scientist with specific knowledge in organic chemistry can assist in criminal investigations by analyzing evidence. The expertise of an organic chemistry expert witness will provide credibility to enable the jury to consider the evidence with the weight it deserves. Expert witness services could include depositions, expert report preparation, and courtroom testimony.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Organic Chemistry experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Organic Chemistry landscape.
With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, post-doctoral work in molecular biology, and industrial experience combining process chemistry, organic synthesis, biotechnology, biocatalysis, plus natural product fermentation and downstream processing, this expert provides a unique combination of skills. After obtaining a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, this expert joined a company where work led to a number of patents covering the enzymatic resolution of pharmaceutical intermediates, one of which earned royalties of several million dollars. In this particular project, this expert was the chief technical witness in a patent interference suit. Following the success of the suit, this expert was invited to establish a new group within a major Chemical Process Development company. The group successfully introduced biocatalysis in over a dozen projects at scales ranging from lab-bench scale synthesis of drug metabolites for Drug Discovery groups, to GMP pilot-plant batches providing intermediates for clinical material. This included the use of a non-aqueous enzymatic step in the synthesis of an antifungal agent. Under this expert's leadership, the group filed 13 patent disclosures and produced a total of 37 public presentations and publications - an unusual accomplishment for an industrial development group. Shortly after, this expert moved to a major pharmaceutical company and became Director of Fermentation and Biocatalysis Development. This expert's group handled chemical process development, molecular biology, industrial fermentation, and GMP analytical services, supporting both Discovery and Production. This expert then established a venture, providing new and small companies with technical strategy, IP analysis, and CTO-level management across a range of disciplines covering process chemistry, molecular biology, biotransformations & biocatalysis, industrial biotech, plus fermentation of natural products and recombinant enzymes. This expert brings 40 years of experience in the field of biocatalysis and the expression of enzymes (and other proteins) as well as metabolic pathways. This expert has considerable experience in using enzymes in commercial processes, fermentation development, and co-factor recycling. This expert has appeared in both federal and State court and been deposed and crossed multiple times.
This expert's Ph.D. was in synthetic main group inorganic chemistry that involved the preparation of a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds. Many of the novel compounds this expert synthesized required recrystallization as purification steps and to grow single crystals suitable for x-ray diffraction used to determine the structure. This expert has a strong background in the behavior of chemical species in solutions such as those used in the cyclic production of taurine. From the process chemistry side, this expert assisted an industrial client in the production of a new fire retardant that this expert helped develop. This was implemented in their manufacturing process used for a building material that required a precise amount of retardant added to pass fire resistance tests. In the years before consulting, this expert was a research scientist at an aerospace company that synthesized inorganic compounds on an industrial scale that were ultimately used to fabricate high temperature metal and ceramic components used in rocket engines. One major responsibility was to develop and implement a process to recycle scrap rhenium, a very rare and expensive metal used for these extreme environments, from acid solutions that were used to etch excess rhenium from vacuum chambers and furnaces. This expert has been consulting in technical litigation matters for many years. One of the matters for which this expert has been deposed was a patent infringement case involving a pharmaceutical. This expert has assisted on two other matters and has one active case involving intellectual property disputes.
This expert holds a PhD in Chemistry, has many years of experience in polymers and has extensive design, testing and evaluation experience in the absorption and dissipation of forces - polymeric materials. This expert is the named inventor on numerous U.S. patents involving plastics that have been commercialized, including numerous household products and energy absorbing protective headgear. This expert’s areas of specialty include new product development, voluntary standards, statutes, labeling, custom and practice, technology and cost in relationship to the hazards, and dangers and risks involved in the use and application of consumer products. An active member of the ASTM for many years, this expert has been involved in the creation of the standards and testing involved with polymeric products. This expert is a former member of the Advisory Board -World Congress on Industrial, Technical, and High Performance Textiles and the Advisory Board - American Board of Engineering and Technology. This expert is a member of:
American Chemical Society
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Senior Member)
Society of Plastics Engineers
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)
American Board of Forensic Examiners
… to name just a few and has earned among others, ASTM qualification in:
C-14 Glass & Glass Products;
D-1 Paint, Varnish, Lacquer & Related Products;
D-9 Electrical Insulating Materials;
D-26 Halogenated Organic Solvents;
D-30 High Modulus Fibers and their Composites;
E-7 Non-destructive Testing;
E-15 Analysis & Testing of Industrial Chemicals;
E-17 Skid Resistance;
E-20 Temperature Measurement, Chemicals;
E-27 Hazard Potential of Chemicals;
E-30 Forensic Sciences;
E-28 Mechanical Testing;
F-15 Consumer Product Safety;
F-23 Protective Clothing;
F24-10 Test Methods
F24-20 Specifications and Terminology
F24-24 Design and Manufacture
F15 Consumer Products
This expert has extensive litigation experience (testified 9 times, deposed 20+), and has authored and presented extensively.