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Brent Finley, PhD, DABT Managing Principal Health Scientist and Executive Vice President


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 Location: Brooklyn, NY




Dr. Brent Finley is a board-certified toxicologist with 20 years of experience conducting and managing studies involving chemical exposures and human health risk assessment.  He specializes in applied research, litigation support, regulatory negotiations, and risk-based site investigations.  Dr. Finley has studied the health effects of exposure to a wide range of chemicals, including asbestos, petroleum-based products, chlorinated solvents, chromium, dioxins, and PCBs.  He has provided expert witness testimony in lawsuits involving alleged health risks associated with exposures to asbestos in friction products, airborne chemicals from incinerator emissions, chlorinated solvents in groundwater, and chromium in tap water.  Dr. Finley has been involved in the preparation of more than 400 risk assessments, has published over 20 papers in the last five years, and has been an invited speaker at numerous technical seminars.

Before joining Cardno ChemRisk, Dr. Finley was the Director of Exponent’s Human Health Risk Assessment practice (staff of 35) for six years.  Prior to this, Dr. Finley was a staff toxicologist with Amoco Corporation.  Dr. Finley’s responsibilities at Amoco included the preparation of warning language for Amoco’s fibers and resins product lines.


  • PhD, Toxicology/Pharmacology, Washington State University, 1986
  • BA, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 1982

Professional Association

  • Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology (1991); re-certified in 1996, 2001, 2007, and 2012

Awards/Professional Honors

  • Awarded 2014 Best Published Paper Regarding Medical Devices for Toxicology-based cancer causation analysis of CoCr-containing hip implants: a quantitative assessment of genotoxicity and tumorigenicity studies (J Appl Tox. 34(9):939-967).  Medical Device and Combination Product Specialty Section – Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2015. 
  • Recipient of American Industrial Hygiene Association’s General Session “Best of Session” Poster Award (2014)
  • Recipient of American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Indoor Environmental Quality “Best of Session” Poster Award (2013)
  • Recipient of American Industrial Hygiene Association’s General IH Practice “Best of Session” Poster Award (2013)
  • Recipient of American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee’s “Best IEQ Paper Award” (2011)
  • Recipient of Society of Toxicology’s “Outstanding Published Paper Award” (1995)
  • Recipient of Society of Toxicology’s “Graduate Student Best Paper” Award, 3rd place (1985)
  • Recipient of Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Association Research Grant (1982)

Practice Areas

  • Crisis Management
  • Exposure Assessment and Dose Reconstruction
  • Health and Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Toxicology and Ecotoxicology
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Christy Barlow
Amanda Burns
Brent Finley
Denise Hill
James Keenan
Michael Kovochich
Marisa Kreider
Amy Madl
Andy Monnot
Rachel Novick
Dennis Paustenbach
Angie Perez
Brooke Tvermoes

Key Services

  • Hazard assessments
  • Dose-response modeling and assessments
  • Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PB-PK) modeling
  • Toxicology study design, management and interpretation
  • Structure activity relationships
  • Causation assessments and evaluations


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