Unfortunately, people or their actions sometimes damage other people, intentionally or otherwise.  When the questions of damages or liability are scientific in nature, you need the best science available to get to the heart of the matter.  Since science is a rigorous method of describing reality, it can be very defensible.  However, there are many cases where the availability of scientific information is not sufficient to positively answer the questions at hand.  That is why good scientists maximize the use of all available information to build a consistent story, a preponderance of evidence if you will. 

AVI has assisted in many legal cases, finding case supporting information where none was previously thought to exist.  If there is more than one possible story to be told, the one with depth, foresight, and honesty will often prevail.  Considering that many of the environmental industry standards are demonstrably non-scientific, you cannot risk your case to people who purport that their experience is their strongest attribute.   Years of continuing bad experience give rise to equally bad expertise, but often with a credible appearance.  Where will this bite you?  When your advice based on years of industry experience says one thing, but defensible scientific data say another and that story is on the other side of the negotiating table. 

AVI is expert at detailing the types of cause and effect information necessary to put many cases to rest.  But regardless of who you hire to help you with scientific litigation, remember this one piece of advice: encourage people to demonstrate cause and effect statements & opinions through rigorous data & technical analysis.