David Ismay

Senior Staff Attorney CLF Massachusetts

David Ismay is a Clean Energy and Climate Change Staff Attorney for CLF Massachusetts. Before joining CLF, David was a senior associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco, where he practiced infrastructure, renewable energy and land-use law. He has substantial experience in drafting, negotiating and litigating commercial contracts for public and private entities with focus on major capital construction of buildings, infrastructure, and renewable/alternative energy power plants, as well as prosecuting and defending local land use approvals and related environmental review.

David holds a B.S. in History with Honors from the United States Naval Academy, an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (Queen’s College), and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. James R. Browning, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits.


Recent Posts

New Regulations Signal End of Fossil Fuel Power in Massachusetts
In August, Massachusetts announced new regulations that take a critical step forward in ensuring we meet our 2050 climate goals – signaling the beginning of the end of fossil fuels in the Commonwealth. These new regulations were issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as the result of a unanimous decision by the state’s…
Climate-Damaging Emissions are Down in Massachusetts, but Getting to 2050 Will Take Much More
Last week Massachusetts finalized and released the state’s latest inventory of its statewide emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs). The final numbers indicate that in 2014, the Commonwealth released the equivalent of 74.6 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is a slight improvement over 2013, when emissions totaled about 76 million tons.…
Massachusetts Proposal to Ratchet Down Climate Pollution Not Good Enough
It’s been almost a year since Massachusetts’ highest court found in CLF’s favor in our landmark lawsuit to force the Commonwealth to create new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions through the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The ultimate deadline for the emissions reductions is 2050, by which time the state must slash emissions 80%…
Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Massachusetts’ Path Forward
In a recent Executive Order, Governor Baker broke his silence on this summer’s landmark decision by Massachusetts’ highest court on the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Court’s decision in Kain v. Dept. of Environmental Protection unanimously confirmed that Baker’s administration must act decisively to ensure the Commonwealth meets the Global Warming Solutions Act’s 2020 cap…

 

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