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David Bookbinder

Founding Member, Element VI Consulting
David Bookbinder

David Bookbinder brings a unique combination of private sector and public interest legal and policy experience to Element VI.

Mr. Bookbinder began practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where for many years he handled securities, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, white-collar criminal, intellectual property and other matters.

In the public interest sphere, Mr. Bookbinder has litigated cases under all of the major environmental statutes including, as Sierra Club’s Chief Climate Counsel, managing the Massachusetts v. EPA case. He then represented environmental groups in both stationary- and mobile-source carbon matters, including the thicket of litigation over California’s greenhouse gas vehicle standards.

Dealing with Congress and federal agencies, Mr. Bookbinder helped lead efforts on both global warming legislation and Clean Air Act greenhouse gas regulation, and has testified in front of House and Senate committees on these issues (and he may be the only person ever invited by both Barbara Boxer and James Inhofe). He has also advised states as to their greenhouse gas regulatory authority.

In pursuing his goal of practical, cost-effective carbon solutions Mr. Bookbinder has frequently told environmental groups, members of Congress, and federal and state agencies things they did not want to hear.

Before forming Element VI, he represented clients (ranging from environmental groups to the natural gas industry) in a variety of regulatory and litigation matters.

Mr. Bookbinder was trained at Princeton University (summa cum laude) and the University of Chicago Law School. He has designed and taught courses on “Environmental Litigation” at Georgetown University Law Center and “Environmental Law and Science” at the William and Mary Law School/Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit groups. He is an adjunct scholar at the Niskanen Center in Washington DC.


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Publications and Multimedia
The Clean Power Plan Goes to Court - Event Audio/Video
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group
September 15, 2016
Clean Power Plan in the Court - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
September 14, 2016