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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 environmental and natural resources practice group. He has nearly 30 years of experience in environmental law, coverage, and litigation, and he has been designated six times by his peers for a Super Lawyers ranking in environmental litigation. He was also named a leading Oregon lawyer in Environmental Law in the 2016-2019 editions of Chambers & Partners USA, and the 2019 and 2020 editions of Best Lawyers. David represents both plaintiffs and defendants in environmental regulatory matters, including permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters, and has significant experience in environmental coverage actions.

In addition to regulatory work, 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.

Prior to entering private practice, David worked for almost 12 years as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), where he was instrumental in the development of national policy on Superfund issues. 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 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"), the Clean Air Act ("CAA"), and the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). 

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, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Memberships & Activities

  • Jordan Ramis PC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee, Co-Chair (2019 – Present)
  • Youth, Rights & Justice, Board Member (2015 – Present), President (2020 – Present) 
  • Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section, Executive Committee Member (2014 – 2018)
  • 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, 2019-2021
  • Chambers and Partners USA, Environmental Law, 2016-2021
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2012
  • Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney




  • Panelist: “Working with Attorneys - Understanding the Legal Perspective,” Oregon Brownfields & Infrastructure Summit, NEBC, October 2020
  • Moderator: Brownfield Conversation Table, 2018 Oregon Brownfields Conference, April 2018
  • Speaker: "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
  • Panelist, "Beaverton Brownfields Property and Business Owner Forum," Beaverton Brownfields Program, March 2016
  • Speaker, "Oregon, Brownfields, and the New Land Bank Authority," City of Beaverton, February 10, 2016; City of Milwaukie, February 18, 2016
  • Speaker, "Legal Issues Related to Brownfield Rehabilitation," Portland, OR, January 19, 2016
  • Speaker: "An Overview of Brownfield Properties in Oregon and the Land Bank Authority Bill," Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference, November 2015
  • Speaker, "Brownfields Initiative Forum – Financial, Legal, and Development Aspects," The City of Tigard, October 28, 2015
  • Panelist, "Public Open House"; Beaverton Brownfields Program, Beaverton, OR, March 09, 2015
  • Moderator: "Paying for Cleanup," 2014 Re-Using Contaminated Land Conference, October 2014
  • Speaker and panelist: "Some Practical Advice to Moving a Site through a Cleanup Process," 2014 Oregon Environmental Cleanup Conference, September 2014
  • Speaker: "Insurance Assets for Investigation & Cleanup," Oregon Brownfields Conference, May 2014
  • Speaker and panelist, "Environmental Insurance"; Environmental Law Education Center CLE, Portland, Oregon, March 10, 2014

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