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Connecticut College Names Environmental Partner Fellow

February 24, 2014

Andrew N. Davis, Ph.D., a partner in the firm's Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group, was recently named a Fellow of The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment at Connecticut College. Since 1994, Davis has been an adjunct professor of environmental science, law and policy at Connecticut College, which offers one of the nation's leading undergraduate environmental studies programs. Davis teaches two upper-level seminars: “Law, Science and the Environment” and “Marine Pollution.” The Goodwin-Niering Center is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program that builds on the College’s course of study and fosters research, education, and curriculum development aimed at understanding contemporary ecological challenges.

In his law practice, Davis 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.

With his advanced degrees in marine science, Davis has developed an international reputation in the area of oil/chemical 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 in the Gulf of Mexico, northern Atlantic (Buzzards Bay) and Pacific (Puget Sound) Oceans. In addition, Davis 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.

“The Goodwin-Niering Center has been functioning extremely well over the years and I am excited, and honored, to be selected as a fellow,” said Davis. “Given my 24 years of practicing environmental law in the corporate world, I hope I bring a real world perspective to the Center’s interdisciplinary approach and to the students,” he said. “Understanding business and the constraints of the financial world are critical to educating people about the environment and facilitating the changes needed to resolve environmental issues we and subsequent generations are confronting, both locally and globally.”

Davis also 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.

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