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David draws on more than a decade representing major utility companies in his energy and environmental practice.

David has extensive experience representing investor-owned utilities and other clients in administrative contested case proceedings before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, including electric and natural gas rate cases, certificate of public convenience and necessity, and other forms of administrative litigation. While he primarily handles Wisconsin matters, he has done similar work in Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota.

In addition, David represents utilities, manufacturers, oil refineries, and other clients in environmental law and regularly advises on compliance with and permitting under both the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. He also handles environmental litigation and enforcement defense, working with clients to evaluate, resolve, and implement corrective actions related to allegations of noncompliance. While David often assists clients in settling these matters during the pre-litigation phase through consent decrees and consent orders, he has represented clients in enforcement proceedings in both state and federal court where settlement is not possible. David also represents a diverse array of clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal court.

As a law student with an interest in energy and environmental law, David had the opportunity to co-author A Smarter, Greener Grid: Forging Environmental Progress through Smarter Energy Policies and Technologies with a professor. This project helped foster his passion and interest in energy policy and regulation as utilities, policymakers, and other stakeholders continue to navigate the significant change and transition in the energy sector. Upon graduation, David began working with major natural gas and transmission utilities at his first firm, and his practice grew rapidly from there. He is fascinated by the complexity of the energy industry and by the wide variety of disciplines, from accounting to engineering to economics to the law, that are implicated in this space.

Known for a work ethic that leaves him willing to assist clients in any way at any time, David has built a reputation for an efficiency born of his years of experience in the industry. He knows the energy world and its regulatory environment, and he knows how to navigate legal processes quickly for clients. David also has a keen ability to understand clients’ core business interests and develop legal strategies to advance those interests. His goal is always to offer legal advice that carefully considers the client’s broader strategic objectives.




  • Chambers USA, Natural Resources & Environment, 2019-2024; Up and Coming Environment & Natural Resources Attorney, 2020-2022
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Energy Law, 2023-2024
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Environment, 2022


  • J.D., Vermont Law School
    • summa cum laude
    • Vermont Law Review
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Wisconsin Bar Association, Energy and Environmental Law Sections
Outside the Office

Whether cycling, hiking, or backpacking, David is at his happiest outdoors and recharges on an annual solo backpacking trip into the wilderness. He’s also a huge sports fan and enjoys football, baseball, and especially college basketball. As a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he is always enthusiastically cheering for the Tar Heels.

David also loves being around animals. He previously had two dogs, and he and his partner are looking to adopt more in the future—and perhaps a cat as well.

Community Leadership

David often represents environmental organizations in pro bono cases, including several recent lawsuits over the public lands management in Wisconsin.