Tom Heitman is President of Talisman International. He has approximately 30 years of experience working directly with counsel on litigation cases involving commercial and government nuclear facilities in Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) administrative proceedings, Federal district courts, state utility regulatory commission hearings, and arbitration. These cases include the licensing of a nuclear power plant, lawsuits alleging mismanagement of the design and operation of several nuclear power plants, lawsuits alleging public exposure to harmful levels of radiation released from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant and from government nuclear facilities, and licensing of the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Mr. Heitman has assisted counsel in responding to discovery requests, preparing expert witness testimony, interviewing fact witnesses, drafting court filings, crafting Daubert challenges to opposing expert witnesses, conducting depositions, and responding to “courtroom developments.”
Since February 2003, Mr. Heitman has assisted the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of General Counsel (and since April 2004, OGC’s outside counsel) and OCRWM with the Licensing Support Network for the Yucca Mountain licensing hearing. In this capacity, he assisted counsel develop relevance criteria, conduct training, develop procedures and protocols, direct the review of documents for relevance and privilege (including protections for security, privacy, proprietary, copyright, archaeological, deliberative process, litigation work product, and attorney client communication) and produce over 3.6 million documents on the LSN all pursuant to 10 CFR Part 2 Subpart J and Parts 21 and 63. He also assisted counsel in defending against challenges to the LSN brought by the state of Nevada before the NRC Licensing Board. On the Yucca Mountain matter, Mr. Heitman also worked directly with the Department of Justice’s Automated Litigation Support contractor to develop and implement information technology procedures and practices associated with the electronic discovery issues in that case.
Mr. Heitman was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve Admiral James Watkins, Secretary of Energy, in the DOE Office of Nuclear Safety. In that capacity, Mr. Heitman inspected all major nuclear facilities at most DOE nuclear sites, identifying nuclear safety issues for resolution by DOE and contractor management. Mr. Heitman also served for five years as the District Representative for U.S. Representative Robert L. Livingston. Mr. Heitman is the co-author of a report commissioned by the U.S. Senate Energy Committee evaluating DOE’s policies and practices for cleaning up the radiological contamination at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and testified before the Committee on that report. He has also assisted the United Nations Development Program in designing programs to strengthen the nuclear safety, radiation protection, and radioactive waste management infrastructure in Kazakhstan and Lithuania.
Mr. Heitman received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Queens College.