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David T Buente Jr

David T Buente Jr
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David Buente, co-leader of Sidley’s environmental group, represents 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 litigation. Building upon his 15 years as an environmental prosecutor, including at the Department of Justice (DOJ), corporations—including American Electric Power, Duke Energy, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Georgia Pacific, Ford Motors, Honeywell, Tyson Foods and Verizon —turn to David 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.

David's 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 enforcement litigation with DOJ/EPA, State AGs and NGOs; representing companies and trade associations in successfully defending against precedent-setting common law torts-based claims over carbon dioxide emissions; convincing federal prosecutors to decline pursuit of environmental criminal investigations for several clients and defending against prosecutions.

David is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) sections on environment, energy and resources and litigation, serving as the vice chair, American Bar Association, environmental litigation committee. He also is an elected member and regent of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

David received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975 and his BS from Lehigh University in 1968. 

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