Matthew S. Hammel, Consultant / Professional Researcher

Matt Hammel is a professional researcher who works with Taylor Research Group on a consulting basis. He has extensive research experience on environmental, natural resources, toxic tort and product liability litigation cases. Mr. Hammel's expertise combines a detailed understanding of environmental issues with a comprehensive knowledge of records policies and procedures within the National Archives, federal records centers (FRCs) and government agencies. Mr. Hammel co-founded Taylor & Hammel, LLC in 2006 after spending nearly five years as a Project Manager and Historian at a history, archives, and museum company. Upon his retirement from research in 2016, Taylor & Hammel, LLC was re-branded as Taylor Research Group.


  • Knox College, BA in History

Professional Research Experience:

  • Due diligence research project to identify potentially responsible parties (PRP) and track down corporate successors through company research adjacent to a historic waterway in the northeast (Client: Fortune 500 Company)
  • Investigated the site history of a city block in Washington, D.C., through city and federal research, to understand the ownership and operations at that property over time, as well as to identify other PRPs. (Client: Law Firm)
  • Successful research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland for ship histories, deck logs, muster rolls, product lists and other relevant materials for asbestos litigation (Client: Law Firm)
  • Perform military records searches for asbestos-related matters, personnel information, products liability cases, federal specifications, contractor-defense issues or environmental research projects (Clients: Law Firms and Fortune 500 Companies)
  • Thorough research efforts for federal and state records pertaining to several Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs) throughout the northeastern United States (Clients: Fortune 500 Utility Company and Law Firm)
  • Comprehensive research project to locate all existing federal documentation of a former Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear materials processing facility (Client: Fortune 500 Oil Company)