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Expert in Oil, Gas, and Renewable Fuel Supply Chain, Energy Economics

Expert ID: 730115 California, USA

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Expert is a petroleum industry expert with over 30 years of supply, logistics, and market experience. A recognized authority on gasoline price controls, corn ethanol distribution, biodiesel production, next generation renewable fuels implementation, price gouging, fuels infrastructure constraints, mergers and acquisitions, interstate commerce, petroleum logistics, and refining technology. He has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding gasoline pricing. He has also delivered expert testimony and litigation support in cases concerning oil refining and market issues, interstate fuel transit, the impacts of oil company mergers on the marketplace, and petroleum logistics.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1997 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: University of California, Irvine
Year: 1975 Degree: Masters in Education Subject: Education Institution: California Lutheran University
Year: 1971 Degree: BS Subject: Oceanography Institution: US Naval Academy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Expert is the president and founder of Stillwater Associates, an energy consulting company focused on energy policy, technology development, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation support.
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Expert is a principal with Stillwater Energy Group, an energy technology company that is developing projects which combine petroleum, power, and green house gas reduction.
Years: 1992 to 1998 Employer: Mobil Corporation Title: Manager, Supply Operations Department: Responsibilities: Based at the Torrance, California refinery, Expert managed crude oil supply chain from production through manufacturing plant to product bulk terminals; managed $2 billion in assets; P&L responsibility for $5 million wholesale fuel marketing business.
Years: 1978 to 1992 Employer: Mobil Corporation Title: Worldwide Distribution Manger Department: Responsibilities: Expert's earlier positions at Mobil Corporation included worldwide distribution manager, re-engineering team leader; computer projects, crude oil and product distribution operations, strategic planning, refining, marketing, and logistics economic analysis.
Years: 1971 to 1978 Employer: United States Navy Title: Naval Aviator Department: Responsibilities: Expert held increasingly responsible positions involving a wide range of duties – including management, training, operations, maintenance, human resources, and air traffic control. Served as a Navy pilot in San Diego. Vietnam veteran.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2010 to 2010 Agency: US Department of Energy Office of Policy and International Affairs Role: Consultant Description: Stillwater was retained by the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs in 2010 to assist in the review of the Small Refiner Exemption to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Agency: US Department of Energy Office of Strategic Petroleum Reserve Role: Consultant Description: The Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Office engaged Stillwater to develop a report on transportation fuel supply and demand for the Southeast as part of a study around a refined petroleum products reserve.
Years: 2009 to 2009 Agency: US Department of Energy, Energy Information Agency Role: Consultant Description: The Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the US Department of Energy, retained Stillwater Associates in 2007 and again 2009 to assist with the improvement of their data gathering functions. Stillwater was responsible for developing a detailed view of the ethanol supply chain. Stillwater also identified areas for improvement in the collection of waterborne data.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Agency: Federal Trade Commission Role: Expert Testimony and Litigation Support Description: The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Hawaii’s Attorney General retained Stillwater Associates as a consultant and expert witness for a case involving the merger of two oil companies.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2011 to 2011 Country / Region: Pleven, Bulgaria Summary: Stillwater was retained to assess the viability of restarting the Plama Refinery in Pleven, Bulgaria. Stillwater investigated, analyzed, and assessed the refinery from a strategic, operational, and financial perspective. Stillwater presented the client with a report that represented a plausible roadmap to revamp and re-start the Plama refinery, which has been shutdown since 1999.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has provided expert testimony and litigation support to a variety of energy supply and distribution cases. Stillwater Associates' litigation support experience is as follows:

1. Application of San Pablo Bay Pipeline Company LLC for Approval of Tariffs for the San Joaquin Valley Crude Oil Pipeline – 2009 to 2010 (California Public Utilities Commission, A.08-09-024)
a. San Pablo Bay Pipeline (SBP), an affiliate of Shell Oil, responded before the CPUC to complaints by Chevron, Tesoro, and Valero.
b. Consulting services
i. Written testimony on oil refining and market issues
ii. Created a detailed logistics model to disprove plaintiffs testimony
iii. Oral cross examination before the CPUC
c. Attorney
i. James Squeri for SPB, Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Day & Lamprey, LLP (www.goodinmacbride.com)

2. Bell vs. HF Cox, Inc. – 2009 (California Superior Court)
a. A class of truck drivers argued that defendant Cox, a petroleum trucking company, was not exempt from paying overtime because Cox was not engaged in interstate commerce.
b. Consulting Services
i. Expert witness report on the gasoline supply chain
ii. Testimony at trial
c. Attorneys
i. Charles Barker – Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP (www.sheppardmullin.com)
ii. Jennifer Zargarof - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
iii. Chris Ashworth – Silicon Valley Law Group (www.svlg.com)

3. ConocoPhillips v. State of Washington, Department of Revenue – 2008 (Thurston County Superior Court No. 06-2-02369-0)
a. ConocoPhillips disputed the assessment of business and occupation taxes.
b. Consulting Services:
i. Write an expert report
ii. Testify in deposition
c. Attorneys
i. Expert M. Hankins, Assistant Attorney General
ii. Brett Durbin, Assistant Attorney General
4. Consulting for a State Attorney General on gasoline prices – 2005 - 2006
a. A State Governor declared a state-of-emergency prior to the arrival of hurricane Katrina. This action was implemented to prevent retailers from “gouging” consumers. After the hurricane, the State’s Attorney General decided to investigate whether price gouging had occurred by gasoline retailers.
b. Consulting Services:
i. Write a report on the pricing behavior of gasoline retailers
ii. Determine the sources of supply of gasoline into the State
iii. Assist staff attorneys on an ongoing basis

5. FTC v. Aloha Petroleum - 2005 (FTC Matter No. 051-1-0131)
a. FTC brought a temporary restraining order to block the acquisition of Trustreet Properties’ gasoline business in Hawaii by Aloha Petroleum on antitrust grounds. Case settled when another buyer was found.
b. Consulting services
i. Expert report on the Hawaii petroleum industry
ii. Gasoline market analysis
iii. Testimony in deposition
c. Attorneys
i. Eric Edmondson – FTC Staff Attorney
ii. Rodney Kimura – Assistant Hawaii Attorney General

6. Kirby McInerney & Unocal Patent – 2005 (US District Court, Central District of California, Civil Action No. 2:05-ml-01671-CAS-VBK MDL No. 1671)
a. Class plaintiffs allege that defendants Union Oil Co. of California and Unocal Corporation unlawfully obtained market power by manipulating the California Air Resources Board rulemaking proceedings regarding emission standards and regulations for reformulated gasoline.
b. Consulting Services:
i. Advice on the refining business and technical petroleum issues
ii. Testimony in deposition
c. Attorneys
i. Expert Kovel, Kirby McInerney & Squire LLP (www.kmllp.com)

7. ARCO v. Olympic Pipeline – 2004 to 2005 (Federal District Court)
a. ARCO claimed an accident that Olympic Pipeline, an affiliate of Shell Oil, had resulted in business interruption costing hundreds of millions of dollars. The case settled shortly after Stillwater proved that ARCO’s business interruption was far less than the claimed amount.
b. Consulting services
i. Expert witness report on petroleum logistics, refining and markets
ii. Created detailed computer-based logics
Marketing Experience
Dave Expert has been a participant in all the recent developments in the transportation fuels industry. Leveraging a Supply and Trading background at Mobil, Dave started Stillwater Associates in 1998. Since then, Stillwater’s work on issues like the MTBE phase out, gasoline price controls, corn ethanol distribution, biodiesel production, next generation renewable fuels implementation, price gouging, fuels infrastructure constraints, mergers and acquisitions, interstate commerce, petroleum logistics, and refining technology have helped to make the firm a leading force in the transportation fuels space.

A frequent speaker, Dave has made presentations for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, the California Energy Commission, the Pacific Oil Conference, the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, the Society of Gasoline Marketers of America, and the Ohio Oil & Convenience Store Marketers Association.

Policy makers and legal firms regularly seek out Dave's expertise on supply and logistics issues. He has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding gasoline pricing. Dave has also advised on and provided expert testimony for litigation in this space.

Dave is often asked to comment on current energy issues to the press. He has been interviewed by American Public Media, NBC, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the San Diego Union Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, and the Honolulu Advertiser, among others.

Other Relevant Experience
Aside from expert testimony and litigation support, Stillwater Associates provides consulting services in energy policy, technology development, economics, and M&A.

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