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Partner - Andrew N. Davis, Ph.D.

Andrew N. Davis, Ph.D.


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Andrew Davis, Ph.D., is a partner and Chair of the firm's Environmental Practice Group. He counsels clients in transactional, permitting, compliance and enforcement matters under federal and state health and safety, hazardous waste, air and water pollution, site development and property transfer laws.

He has gained a national reputation in numerous high-profile matters, providing environmental support in domestic and cross-border energy, corporate and real estate transactions.  His work encompasses developing and negotiating deal documents; conducting environmental due diligence; and working with buyers, sellers, developers, energy companies and engineering firms to develop and utilize environmental insurance and other risk transfer mechanisms to creatively manage environmental concerns and close deals involving contaminated properties (including in the bankruptcy context). Andrew also has been selected to co-author and periodically update the environmental, health and safety provisions (and associated practice notes) included in the model transaction documents (e.g., Asset Purchase Agreement, Stock Purchase Agreement) published by the Practical Law Company, Inc.

Andrew also assists industry, lending institutions, developers and property owners with site assessments, environmental auditing, reporting, record keeping and other compliance obligations under various programs governing asbestos, PCBs, lead, mold and other environmental/health and safety issues. He is the lead author of the “Asbestos” chapter of the Environmental Law Practice Guide published by Matthew Bender. 

With his advanced degrees in marine science, he has also developed an international reputation in the area of oil spills and natural resource damages, representing some of the world's largest shipping companies and their insurers in several marine casualty events throughout the United States, including most recently in the Gulf of Mexico, northern Atlantic (Buzzards Bay) and Pacific (Puget Sound) Oceans, and in international waters. He is also the lead author of the “Oil Pollution Act” chapter of the Environmental Law Handbook published by Bernan Press.

Andrew also practices in the area of climate change, providing strategic advice to insurance and energy clients regarding potential risks and opportunities associated with global warming, including with respect to potential liability and new product development, as well as advising on SEC environmental disclosure obligations. 

He serves as a director and in other advisory capacities for several environmental organizations and is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of environmental topics. He is also an adjunct professor of environmental science, law and policy at Connecticut College and is a Fellow at the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment.



  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Environmental (2013-2018)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Environment (2007-2008; 2017-2018)
  • Listed in EuroMoney Legal Media Group Expert Guide's Energy and Environmental Guide, leading Environmental Law Practitioner (2018) 
  • Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment: Fellow
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Leadership Greater Hartford (Class of 1997)
  • George Washington Journal of International Law & Economics (1988-1990)
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Honor Society

Teaching Positions

  • Connecticut College: Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science, Law and Policy (1994-present)

Professional Affiliations

  • Strafford Publications, Inc.: Environmental Law Advisory Board (2011-present)
  • University of Connecticut Real Estate Center Council: Executive Committee (2006-present)
  • Great Lakes Natural Resource Damage Assessment Advisory Group: Past Steering Committee Member (2007-2010)
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States (2013-present)

Community Involvement

  • Town of Marlborough Lake Advisory Commission: Past Chairman (1992-2006)


November 1, 2018  Common (and not so common) Legal and Technical Issues Involving the Transfer Act
October 3, 2018  Webinar: Hot Topics in Environmental and Renewable Energy Law for Independent Schools
September 25, 2018  Natural Resources Symposium
April 11, 2018  Managing Environmental Risks with Environmental Insurance when Buying, Owning or Financing Commercial Real Estate
February 23, 2018  Hot Topics in Environmental, Construction and Renewable Energy
June 20, 2017  Environmental Risk & Litigation Conference: Update on Coverage Rulings and Risks
June 13, 2017  Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) 2017 Member Forum
May 17, 2017  International Oil Spill Conference
May 4, 2017  What LEPs Should Know About the Transfer Act
May 3, 2017  No Environmental Issue Left Behind: Challenges for Public Schools – Compliance Requirements, Construction Projects and Crisis Management
March 16, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial & Residential Real Estate Practitioner
February 23, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial Real Estate Practitioner - The Connecticut Transfer Act
April 21, 2016  The Evolution of Waste Sites: From Industrial Dreams to Wastelands to Valuable Brownfields
October 28, 2015  Real Estate Board of New York Environmental Forum
October 14-15, 2015  2015 Natural Resources Symposium
October 7, 2015  Aerospace and Manufacturing Forum
March 4, 2014  School Construction Projects: Managing the Risks, Controlling the Costs

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Practice Areas


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1990
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.S. and Ph.D., 1983, 1987
  • Trinity College, B.S., 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA
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