- Senior Director
- Forensic & Litigation Consulting
- T: +1 301 591 8028
- B.A., History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
- M.A., History, Johns Hopkins University
Steve Swisdak is a Senior Director in the FTI Consulting Environmental Solutions practice within the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment and is based in Rockville, Maryland. With more than 15 years of experience as a consulting forensic historian, Mr. Swisdak specializes in conducting historical research and related analysis to uncover disparate facts that can be used to understand the historical context surrounding current environmental conditions.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Swisdak has managed the execution of over one hundred historical research projects in conjunction with environmental, toxic torts, and products liability legal matters. His work has covered a wide variety of historical topics, including activities at World War I-, World War II-, and Cold War-era military and private industrial facilities; the use and regulation of trichloroethylene and other solvents; and manufactured gas plants.
Mr. Swisdak has testifying experience and has produced expert reports, sworn depositions, and affidavits for several legal matters. He has also written several articles and given numerous presentations on using historical research in support of environmental litigation matters.
Through his work, Mr. Swisdak has developed knowledge and expertise in the history of various industries, including aviation, chemicals, petroleum refining and shipbuilding. He is particularly skilled in researching World War II-era historical records to document the federal government’s role in industrial mobilization activities at industrial sites/areas. In doing so, he has developed expertise in developing work plans and conducting research at the National Archives and at federal-, state-, and local-level records repositories across the country.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Swisdak was Senior Historian and Deputy Director of Litigation Research at History Associates Incorporated, where for eleven years he managed a diverse range of historical research projects. Mr. Swisdak earned a B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a M.A. in history from Johns Hopkins University. He has taught undergraduate history courses at Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Stevenson University.
Mr. Swisdak’s presentations include: “A Historical Survey of the Use and Regulation of Trichloroethylene,” presentation to the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 21th Section Fall Meeting (October 11, 2013); “Historical Research in Support of Environmental Claims against the U.S. Government for Wartime Operations,” presentation to the Corporate Environmental Enforcement Council (September 19, 2013); Panelist, “Identifying and Negotiating Cost Allocation Among Potentially Responsible Parties: History, Science, and Money,” ABA’s 41st Annual Conference on Environmental Law (March 23, 2012); and “Digging Deeper: Uncovering the Hidden Potential of Historical State and Local Records,” presentation to the ABA’s 40th Annual Conference on Environmental Law (March 17, 2011.
Mr. Swisdak’s publications include: “WWII, Forensic History and Righting Environmental Wrongs,” Law360, June 6, 2014; “Researching Corporate Genealogy,” ABA In-House Counsel Committee Newsletter 13, no. 1 (May 2012), 3-5; “The Value of Historical Research to In-House Counsel,” ABA In-House Counsel Committee Newsletter 11, no. 1 (June 2009), 4-7; and “Researching Past Uses of New York Industrial Sites,” Environmental Law in New York 20, no. 5 (May 2009), 75-81.