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


December 30, 2014

White House Updates Guidance on Climate Change Impact Analysis

On December 18, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released updated draft guidance on how and when federal agencies should account for the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts under the National Environmental Policy Act.

November 25, 2014

FERC Annual Enforcement Report Underscores the Importance of Effective Compliance Programs

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its annual report on enforcement.

October 22, 2014

Progress Software Announces Intent to Acquire Telerik

WilmerHale client Progress Software Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Telerik AD, a leading provider of application development tools.

May 20, 2014

EPA Final 316(b) Rule Establishes Standards for Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Facilities

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday released its final rule on cooling water intake structures for existing power plants, refineries and factories.

January 6, 2014

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

July 16, 2013

Environmental Groups Petition EPA to Regulate Stormwater Discharges

On July 10, 2013, a group of environmental organizations (including American Rivers, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and Natural Resources Defense Council) petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose sweeping stormwater permit requirements on commercial, industrial and institutional sites in EPA Region 1 (New England), 3 (Mid-Atlantic) and 9 (Pacific Southwest).

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

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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