Who We Are
Environmental Advocacy and Litigation Support for Local Communities
“Law without enforcement is just good advice”
– Abraham Lincoln
Captain Richard Hoffman
Rick served nearly 28 years in the U.S. Navy before he retired and founded Orion Solutions, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business based in Jacksonville, Florida. He started Orion Solutions in 2003 primarily to bring veterans back into the work force. Orion Solutions began as a defense consulting company and has grown to have a presence in both defense and commercial enterprises sectors, including environmental products. Orion Solutions excels at business process engineering, developing curriculum and training programs using proven and technology and methodologies to provide effective and reliable contract procurement, program management and technology to meet customer requirements.
While in the Navy, he was a Surface Warfare Officer and had attained the rank of Captain prior to retiring. His career included a variety of sea and shore positions, including the command of the surface ships USS De Wert and USS Hue City. His assignments included serving on the Navy Staff in the Pentagon as the program sponsor for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program, and at sea as the Operations Officer for the Enterprise Battle Group, Destroyer Squadron 24, and Cruiser Destroyer Group 12. Captain Hoffman attended The Citadel, where he was awarded a BS in Biology, the Naval Postgraduate School (MS in Oceanography), and the National War College.
Dana J. Stotsky
Dana was a Senior Enforcement Attorney for Toxics with the U.S. EPA regional office in Denver for over 27 years, where he was the lead prosecuting attorney for TSCA (toxics), FIFRA (pesticide) and EPCRA (reporting) matters. He has extensive experience litigating matters in federal court and before EPA administrative tribunals and served as a litigation consultant to EPA offices nation-wide. His many significant accomplishments include negotiating one of the largest Supplemental Environmental Projects ever accepted in a federal civil settlement ($82 million for installation of air pollution control equipment under the Clean Air Act civil action U.S. v. Public Service Co. of Colorado) and the largest penalty collected under RCRA administratively in a Region 8 part 22 proceeding (In the Matter of: Coors Brewing Company). He has taught trial practice, negotiations and inspector training for EPA’s national training center over 30 times.
Mr. Stotsky spent several years working on tribal issues, including with the Navajo Nation, where he lived on the reservation and provided legal counsel and litigation advice exclusively on legacy uranium mine and milling-related damages in Navajo Indian Country. He previously taught NEPA issues at the University of Colorado graduate school and currently teaches law classes (Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Professional Responsibility) that are part of the law advocate curriculum at the Navajo Technical University.
Joseph J. O’Brien
Joe has over 25 years of experience in ecological research, including expertise in environmental and natural resources policy. He is a senior scientist and fire ecologist studying the ecology of disturbance, especially fire, in forested ecosystems. Joe has co-coordinated Latin American and Caribbean fire ecology and management team and leads several multidisciplinary research projects on fire ecology and management in the US and Internationally. He has extensive experience with wetlands and tropical forest dynamics in the Florida Everglades, as well as tropical forests of Costa Rica and the Caribbean Basin, and has published extensively regarding forest dynamics, fire ecology and ecophysiology. His science expertise ranges from forest ecology to environmental physics and soils science.
Joe received his Master of Science in biology, studying the ecology and evolution of endangered plants, and his Ph.D in biology studying the effects of climate on growth and physiology of tropical forest trees.
David L. Reed
Dave brings environmental science, policy and legal experience, specializing in wetland management and water issues. He was an environmental scientist for over ten years, with research experience spanning freshwater wetlands, and coastal wetland and estuarine environments. He has managed or supported both small and large scale environmental monitoring, and has been involved in policy recommendations for both state and federal restoration projects. He has extensive experience with wetland forest and marsh responses to long-term changes in hydrologic cycles and water management regimes in the Florida Everglades. On the coastal research side, he studied both coastal marsh and near-shore estuarine floral and faunal responses to altered water management regimes, affecting salinity and nutrient fluxes.
Mr. Reed also clerked for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance during 2010 and 2011, where he gained regulatory enforcement experience, including CWA actions in both civil and criminal enforcement. He also investigated the regulation of energy industry practices, particularly Hydraulic Fracturing and information gathering authorities under RCRA and TSCA for produced waters.