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

Landmark Law Leads to Climate Victory in Massachusetts
When is it a huge win to drop multiple lawsuits? When you’ve already won them. Today CLF dismissed three appeals we had pending with the state’s highest court. These appeals challenged the permits for two new gas-fired power plants in Massachusetts because those permits allowed high levels of greenhouse gas emissions: levels that are illegal…
Massachusetts Stands with CLF Against Climate-Damaging Pollution
Last week, the highest court in Massachusetts unanimously ruled that power generators must drastically cut their carbon pollution year after year through 2050. In doing so, the high court recognized the incontrovertible fact that carbon pollution damages our climate, threatens our health, and hurts our economy. It was the second time the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial…
Clean Renewable Energy Is the Key to a Resilient Electric Grid in New England
New analysis from the regional grid operator, ISO New England (ISO), confirms what CLF and other experts have been saying for some time: New England doesn’t need expensive natural gas pipelines to keep the lights on and our homes warm even during our harshest winters. In fact, thanks to the growth of clean, renewable energy,…
Study Proves Clean Energy Can Power New England’s Future
The regional grid operator ISO-New England‘s long-awaited Operational Fuel-Security Analysis shows that more renewables, not more gas, will keep New England’s electric power system reliable – especially during winter cold-snaps. That supports what CLF, and the markets, have been saying now for several years – New England doesn’t need more gas-fired power plants or expensive…
Moving Massachusetts Into a Clean Energy Future
Recently, Massachusetts senators announced An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future, perhaps the most ambitious and comprehensive piece of climate legislation since the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) and its companion Green Communities Act a decade ago. It is a welcome and much-needed step forward, representing a strong understanding on Beacon…

 

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