David Buente, head of Sidley's environmental group, has a broad practice, representing clients in complex environmental litigation and rulemaking matters, with an emphasis on Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund) and RCRA, environmental criminal and toxic tort matters. Building upon his 15 years as an environmental prosecutor, including at the Department of Justice (DOJ), corporations including American Electric Power, Cinergy, Duke Energy, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Georgia Pacific, Ford Motors, Honeywell, Norfolk Southern, Tyson Foods and Verizon turn to Mr Buente for representation in complex federal environmental enforcement matters with DOJ and EPA. He also advises trade associations on diverse legislative, regulatory and litigation environmental issues.
Mr Buente has tried over 80 evidentiary cases and handled numerous appeals in federal and state courts. His recent experience includes: handling CERCLA cases for remedial costs and natural resource damage claims; defending a number of companies in Clean Air Act New Source Review and MACT enforcement litigation with DOJ/EPA, State AGs and NGOs; and representing companies and trade associations in successfully defending against precedent-setting common law torts-based claims over carbon dioxide emissions.
Mr Buente is a member and regent of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and a member of the Defense Research Institute (ethics and climate change committees). He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Mr Buente received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975 and his BS from Lehigh University in 1968. Admissions include: various US courts of appeals; US district courts; and the District of Columbia.
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