H. David Gold

Special Counsel

Gold, H. David

David Gold's practice focuses on environmental, energy and land use law. He represents clients in litigation, administrative appeals, mediation and transactional matters. He also counsels clients on compliance with state and federal clean water, hazardous and solid waste and wetlands laws.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gold was an environmental consultant in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Tucson, Arizona; and San Francisco, California, assisting clients with a range of regulatory compliance matters involving water resources, endangered species and socio-economic issues. While in law school, Mr. Gold served as a law clerk with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the US Department of Justice. He spent his final year at Harvard Law School. 

Honors & Awards

  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star" for environmental law in the 2013 issue of Boston Magazine

Publications & News


January 5, 2012

Recently Enacted Pipeline Safety Act Will Increase Federal Oversight of Oil and Gas Pipelines

September 1, 2010

The Energy-Water Nexus: Socioeconomic Considerations and Suggested Legal Reforms in the Southwest

An article by H. David Gold and Jason Bass appearing in the fall edition of the Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 50, No. 3.

February 22, 2010

WilmerHale Helps Client Purchase Energy on the Wholesale Market

February 8, 2010

Water Disputes in Massachusetts

January 13, 2010

Firm Assists Town with Wind Turbine Project

January 1, 2010

Water Disputes in Massachusetts

An article by H. David Gold that first appeared in the Water Resources Committee Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 2, January 2010, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association.

December 9, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 2010 Promotions

October 9, 2009

U.S. Energy Department Creates Private Sector Partnership to Accelerate Renewable Energy Projects

March 5, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Provides Funding for Environmental Programs

July 1, 2008

Massachusetts Enacts Sweeping Energy Legislation

Recent Highlights

  • Represented national financial company in the direct purchase of energy supplies from regional wholesale markets
  • Defended regional energy company against claims of liability under CERCLA and state Superfund laws
  • Defended national paint and coatings company against allegations of liability under state Superfund law
  • Defended national "big box” retailers in litigation and adjudicatory proceedings involving zoning, subdivision and wetland approvals
  • Defended regional waste management company in litigation involving municipal board approvals
  • Represented project developers in connection with securing financing for desalination and landfill gas-to-energy projects
  • Represented major medical institutions in negotiations concerning long-term utility contracts
  • Represented regional utility company in mediation regarding construction contracts
  • Drafted transactional documents for development of large-scale wind energy projects
  • Developed legal framework and supporting contractual documents for state-sponsored solar power initiative
  • Advised petitioner in property registration case before the Massachusetts Land Court

Professional Activities

Mr. Gold is a vice chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Water Resources Committee and a member of the Boston Bar Association and the American Water Resources Association. Mr. Gold served as President of the Boston chapter of Young Professionals in Energy from 2011 to 2012, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Natural Areas Network from 2007 to 2014.


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JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2003, Member, California Law Review; Executive Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly

MS, Watershed Management, The University of Arizona, 1995

BA, Economics and Biology, high thesis honors, Tufts University, 1991

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