H. David Gold

H. David Gold's practice focuses on environmental, energy and land use law, including matters involving counseling, litigation, administrative proceedings, negotiations, mediation and transactions. He regularly advises clients on compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding water, wetlands, endangered species, cultural resources, and hazardous and solid waste, as well as environmental impact analysis. Mr. Gold also has extensive experience in energy law, including energy markets and project siting, licensing and finance.    

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gold was an environmental consultant in Massachusetts, Arizona and California, assisting clients with a range of regulatory compliance matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act, wetlands, water resources and the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act 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, and also has a master's degree in watershed management from the University of Arizona.

Professional Activities

Mr. Gold is a vice chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Water Resources Committee, the co-chair of the Wetlands and Waterways Committee of the Boston Bar Association, and a member of the Energy Bar Association and 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.


    • Advised offshore wind developers on leasing issues, contracts for services, and compliance with the Public Utility Holding Company Act, the Jones Act and BOEM regulations
    • Assisted ski resort operator in securing water rights for snowmaking, and provided advice regarding FERC licensing issues
    • Assisted with acquiring water rights for potash mining project near National Park Service land
    • Drafted amicus brief in federal case regarding public interest requirements for hydroelectric project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
    • Advised national oil and gas company on implementation of stream and wetlands restoration and mitigation activities relating to Clean Water Act compliance at sites in several states
    • Provided advice to real estate development company regarding NEPA compliance, and developed habitat conservation plan under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for development of a site in Florida
    • Successfully defended national retailer in litigation involving zoning and subdivision approvals in Massachusetts
    • Counseled electric power authority on construction and operation of 92-mile natural gas pipeline in Puerto Rico, including compliance with laws regarding pipeline safety, endangered species, wetlands and cultural resources
    • Advised real estate investment company on wetlands permitting issues involving the US Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in connection with commercial property development in Colorado
    • Counseled clean energy company on endangered species issues associated with development of a 250-megawatt wind generation plant
    • Advised leading natural gas supplier on consultations with US Fish and Wildlife Service under the ESA and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation under the National Historic Preservation Act in connection with pipeline projects
    • Advised regional waste management company on zoning and environmental permitting issues relating to landfill expansion in Massachusetts
    • Advised national financial services company on direct energy procurement from regional wholesale markets and prepared relevant filings for submission to FERC, regional transmission organizations, and state public utility commissions
    • Led internal investigation for major oil and gas company in connection with accident at natural gas processing plant in the Gulf Coast area
    • Oversaw transfer of permitting requirements and remediation obligations in connection with the sale of a national oil company's New England retail operations to an oil refining, marketing, and pipeline transport company
    • Negotiated purchase and sale agreement for wind turbines and related equipment and services, including renewable energy certificate (REC) purchase agreement, for Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
    • Represented consortium of major medical institutions with respect to their utility supply contracts, including negotiations for long-term extension of contracts worth more than $3 billion in the aggregate
    • Advised global biopharmaceutical company on handling, storage and disposal of biomedical waste and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements for wastewater discharges


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

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  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

      Member, California Law Review; Executive Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly
    • MS, Watershed Management, The University of Arizona

    • BA, Economics and Biology, Tufts University

      high thesis honors
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts