E. Donald Elliott, an adjunct professor of law at Yale Law School, is an academic scholar and a practitioner in the fields of administrative and environmental law.
has been on the Yale Law faculty since 1981 and currently teaches courses in
environmental law, energy law, administrative law and civil procedure. He is
also a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm,
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he chairs the firm’s worldwide
Environment, Health, and Safety Department.
1989 to 1991, Elliott served as Assistant Administrator and General Counsel of
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 1993, he was named the
Julien and Virginia Cornell Chair in Environmental Law and Litigation at Yale
Law School, the first endowed chair in environmental law and policy at any
major American law school. From 2003-2009, he was a member of the National
Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, which
advises the federal government on environmental issues. Elliott also testifies
frequently in Congress on environmental issues.
has served as a consultant on improving the relationship of law and science to
the Federal Courts Study Committee, which was chartered by Congress to make
recommendations for improving the federal courts, and to the Carnegie
Commission for Law, Science and Government. He co-chaired the National
Environmental Policy Institute’s Committee on Improving Science at EPA.
is a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS)
and an elected member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, as well
as a member of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute, the Center for
Clean Air Policy, and NYU’s Institute for Policy Integrity. He is the author or
co-author of seven books and has published more than 70 articles in
professional journals. He was named one of the top 25 environmental attorneys
in the United States by the National Law Journal and is highly ranked in Chambers
USA: Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers in America; D.C. Super Lawyers;
Who’s Who in American Law; and Who’s Who in the World.
earned both his B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from
Yale. Following graduation, he was a law clerk for Gerhard Gesell in the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia, and for Chief Judge David Bazelon
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.