James J. Connors, Ph.D.

James J. Connors, Ph.D.

P.O. Box 1190
Fairhope , AL 36533
Office: 251-648-0610

Introduction

Nationwide consulting practice in stormwater, flooding, drainage, erosion, sediment transport and sedimentation, surface-water and groundwater contamination.

Dr. Connors has served as an expert hydrologist and hydrogeologist in numerous cases. His award-winning career spans more than three decades and includes broad bodies of work as both a consultant and academic. He has advised corporations, law firms, insurance companies, financial institutions, engineering and consulting firms, governmental agencies, and private citizens across the U.S.

Dr. Connors has also taught hydrology extensively at the university level and served in numerous academic leadership roles. He has received “Teaching Excellence”, “Outstanding Service”, and “Humanitarian Service” awards, as well as multiple “Faculty Member of the Year” and Mortar Board awards. In 2013, he was honored as one of the “50 Outstanding Faculty Members” in the history of the University of South Alabama.


Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental
  • Geology
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hydrology & Groundwater
  • Pollution
  • Soil

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: DEGREES:
Ph.D. in Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama
M.S. in Geology, University of Alabama
B.S. in Geology, University of South Alabama

LICENSURE:
Professional Geologist, State of Alabama, No. 1468
Qualified Credentialed Inspector (Stormwater), Alabama Department of Environmental Management, No. T5630
Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, No. 40130
Professional Geoscientist, State of Louisiana, No. 80
Registered Professional Geologist, State of Mississippi, No. 941
Professional Geologist, State of New York, No. 311
Professional Geoscientist, State of Texas, No. 4065
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: AWARDS & HONORS:
2013 - Named one of the "50 Outstanding Faculty Members" in the history of the University of South Alabama
2013 - Presented the "Semoon Chang Endowed Humanitarian Service Award" by the University of South Alabama Faculty Senate and National Alumni Association
2013 - Named "Principal Emeritus" by the partners of Eco-Systems, Inc.
2011, 2012 - Received three "Top Prof" awards from the University of South Alabama Chapter of Mortar Board
2011 - President of the University of South Alabama Chapter of the Sigma Xi scientific research honor society
2011 - Presented the University of South Alabama College of Arts and Sciences "Outstanding Service Award"
2010 - Named "Faculty Member of the Year" by the University of South Alabama Student Government Association
2010 - Elected President of the University of South Alabama Faculty Senate
2009 - Named "Faculty Member of the Year" by the University of South Alabama Student Government Association
2009 - Inducted into the Sigma Xi scientific research honor society
2007 - Elected President of the Southwest Alabama Geological Society
2007 - Presented the University of South Alabama College of Arts and Sciences "Teaching Excellence Award"
1992 - Presented the "Eugene B. Waggoner Most Outstanding Young Professional Award" by the partners of Woodward-Clyde Consultants
1983 - Inducted into Sigma Gamma Epsilon national honor society for the Earth sciences

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
American Geophysical Union (Member)
Geological Society of America (Member)
International Association of Hydrogeologists (Member)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon national honor society for the Earth sciences (Life Member)
Sigma Xi scientific research honor society (Member and Past Chapter President)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES TAUGHT:
Hydrology (graduate- and undergraduate-levels)
Contaminant Hydrology/Hydrogeology (graduate- and undergraduate-levels)
Geophysics, environmental/near-surface half of course (undergraduate-level)
Geology Field School (undergraduate-level)
Physical Geology & Lab (undergraduate-level)
Earth History & Lab (undergraduate-level)
Various seminars and directed studies courses on Water-supply Hydrogeology, Risk Assessment, Groundwater Modeling, Applied Mathematics in Hydrogeology, Professional Ethics and Practice for Geologists, etc. (graduate- and undergraduate-levels)
Interdisciplinary Research (undergraduate-level)
Thesis Research (graduate-level)

INVITED PRESENTATIONS:
2018 - Hydrological uniformitarianism. Mobile Rock and Gem Society meeting. Mobile, Alabama, June 12, 2018
2017 - Lead contamination in the water supply. Gulf Region Health Outreach Program Emerging Scholars Health Sciences Academy Workshop. Mobile, Alabama, March 24, 2017
2016 - Fate and transport of emerging environmental contaminants. Gulf Region Health Outreach Program Emerging Scholars Health Sciences Academy, Mobile, Alabama
2014 - Emerging environmental contaminants - New threats, new approaches, and new practices. Gulf Region Health Outreach Program Emerging Scholars Health Sciences Academy, Mobile, Alabama
2013 - International research collaboration in the U.S. 2nd International Conference on Advances in Electrical Engineering, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2013 - Geological resources, reserves, and valuations along the northern Gulf Coast. Understanding the Financial Advantages of Land Conservation Advanced Seminar on Conservation Easements, Mobile, Alabama
2013 - Research into storm-surge remobilization of subsurface contamination. Fuzhou University Zhicheng College, Fuzhou, China
2010 - Quantifying environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Nurses & Environmental Health: Health Consequences of the Gulf Oil Spill Conference, Mobile, Alabama
2010 - Occurrence of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. Keynote Speaker, NOAA Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems
2010 - Oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico - A primer. Gulf of Mexico Alliance Governors’ Action Plan II Meeting, Biloxi, Mississippi
2007 - Welcome to the Ice Age - Geological evidence for climate change over time. 1st Southeastern Coastal and Atmospheric Processes Symposium, Mobile, Alabama
2006 - Designing effective construction sediment and erosion plans. Weeks Bay Reserve Nonpoint Source Pollution and Stormwater Workshop, Fairhope, Alabama
2005 - Geological constraints on stormwater runoff in the Mobile Bay area. NOAA Community Leader Stormwater Training Workshop for Coastal Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
2005 - Nitrate fate and transport in groundwater, Weeks Bay, Alabama. Weeks Bay Reserve Research Symposium: 20-year Designation Anniversary: History of research within the Reserve boundary, Fairhope, Alabama
1993 - Groundwater monitoring at RCRA Subtitle D landfills. Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Mississippi Chapter Symposium, Biloxi, Mississippi
1990 - Conducting effective contamination assessments. Mississippi Environment 1990, Jackson, Mississippi
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: I have been retained as an expert in 27 cases.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Hydrogeology (dealing with groundwater contamination sources, timing, fate, and transport)
Hydrology (dealing with surface water contamination, stormwater runoff, erosion, sedimentation, wetlands hydrology, and flooding)
Environmental Science (dealing with surface water and groundwater contamination and associated impacts)
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: About 50%.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50 to 75%.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 6
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: February 23, 2018.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: I have acted as an expert in 27 cases, prepared 14 expert reports, and testified in court or before an arbitrator four times.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Four times.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 27
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: File reviews
Expert reports
Peer review of opposing experts
Depositions
Consulting, technical advice
Site inspections
Technical research
Technical assistance with Daubert and other motions
Sampling and testing
Computer modeling
Demonstrative evidence
Calculations
Testimony
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $195
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $195
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $195
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $195
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All other "out-of-pocket" expenses are billed at cost + 10%
Mileage for vehicle use is billed at the IRS-approved rate
All travel time and standby time billed at standard rate
A retainer fee is generally not required, but may be requested in some cases

References

Gregory E. Vaughan, Esq.
Holston, Vaughan & Rosenthal
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PH: 251-432-4686
FX: 251-432-8884
Email: gev@holstonvaughan.com
Web: www.holstonvaughan.com

Todd G. Crawford, Esq.
Fowler Rodriguez Law Firm
2501 14th Street
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Gulfport, MS 39501-1964
PH: 228-206-0033
FX: 251-343-7503
Email: tcrawford@frfirm.com
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