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David A. Rabbino

Practice Areas
  • Environmental & Natural Resources Law
  • Environmental & Natural Resources Litigation
  • Land Use Law
  • Energy Law
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense


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”).

Education & Admissions

  • B.A., Political Science, Connecticut College, 1982
  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1985
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • Connecticut State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh District


Memberships & Activities

  • Youth, Rights & Justice, Board Member (2015 – present)
  • Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section, Executive Committee Member (2014 – present)
  • Lake Oswego Development Review Commission, Member (2014 – 2017)
  • Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board, Member (2014 – 2015)
  • American Bar Association, Member

Awards and Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, and Natural Resources Law, 2019
  • Chambers & Partners USA, Environmental Law, 2016-2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2012
  • Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney




  • Brownfields Conversation Table Moderator, 2018 Oregon Brownfields Conference, April 2018
  • "Oregon, Brownfields, the New Land Bank and Tax Abatement Authorities," Lane County Council's Fall Conference, November 2016
  • "Oregon, Brownfileds, the New Land Bank and Tax Abatement Authorities," League of Oregon Cities' 91st Annual Conference, September 2016
  • "CERCLA and the Divisibility of Harm Defense – The 'Indecision' of the Lower Fox River and the Divisibility of Harm," Multnomah Bar Association, June 2016
  • Panelist and Moderator: Oregon Brownfields Conference, May 2016
  • "An Overview of Brownfield Properties in Oregon and the Land Bank Authority Bill," Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference, November 2015
  •  "Beaverton Brownfields Property and Business Owner Forum," Beaverton Brownfields Program, March 2016
  • "Paying for Cleanup," Moderator at the 2014 Re-Using Contaminated Land Conference, October 2014
  • "Some Practical Advice to Moving a Site through a Cleanup Process," 2014 Oregon Environmental Cleanup Conference, September 2014
  • "Insurance Assets for Investigation & Cleanup," Oregon Brownfields Conference, May 2014
  • "Project Financing Fundamentals,” Moderator at the Oregon Brownfields Conference, May 2014

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