David A. Rabbino is a member of the firm’s Dirt Law® practice group. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental law and environmental litigation, and he has been designated by his peers six times as a Super Lawyer in environmental litigation. He was also named a leading Oregon lawyer in Environmental Law in the 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners. David represents both plaintiffs and defendants and has significant experience in environmental coverage actions. Prior to entering private practice, David worked for 11 years as an enforcement attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), where he was instrumental in the development of national policy on Superfund issues.
A focus of David’s environmental law work is the redevelopment of contaminated real property known as brownfields. He is an active member of Oregon's statewide Brownfield Coalition, and was extensively involved in the drafting and lobbying effort that led to the passage of HB-2734, Oregon's groundbreaking brownfield Land Bank Authority bill, and HB-4084, Oregon's brownfield Tax Abatement bill. He advises clients on various financial tools available to fund brownfield projects, as well as permitting requirements and land use issues associated with such projects. He also has experience in land use law, sustainable energy, negotiating power purchase agreements, and contracts related to the financing of renewable energy systems.
In addition to his work on Superfund regulations, while at the U.S. EPA David represented the federal government in the prosecution of complex, multi-party cases under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).