E. Donald Elliott is a professor (adjunct) at Yale Law School and Senior Of Counsel in Covington & Burling’s DC office, practicing in the firm’s Environmental, Litigation and Public Policy practice groups. Mr. Elliott has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of environmental and product liability law, including having served as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-91). He advises companies in both the European Union and the U.S. on environmental aspects of complex corporate and real estate sales and acquisitions, and also represents companies and trade associations on major regulatory policy issues, class action litigation, product liability and legislative matters.
From 1989 through 1991, Mr. Elliott served as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was the primary legal advisor to EPA Administrator William Reilly. From 2003 to 2012, he was chair of the worldwide environment, health and safety department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Prior to joining Willkie in 2003, Mr. Elliott was a partner and Co-Chair of the national environmental practice group at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. From 1991 through 1996, he was a partner and head of the Environmental and Product Safety Department in the Washington office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen. From 1981 through 1993, Mr. Elliott served as a tenured professor at the Yale Law School, teaching complex litigation, torts, environmental law, international chemicals law, carbon trading systems, toxic torts, administrative law and constitutional law. He continues as an adjunct professor of environmental and administrative law and complex civil litigation at the school.