Who We Are
David Bookbinder brings a unique combination of private sector and public interest legal and policy experience to Element VI.
Mr. Bookbinder began practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where for many years he handled securities, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, white-collar criminal, intellectual property and other matters.
In the public interest sphere, Mr. Bookbinder has litigated cases under all of the major environmental statutes including, as Sierra Club’s Chief Climate Counsel, managing the Massachusetts v. EPA case. He then represented environmental groups in both stationary- and mobile-source carbon matters, including the thicket of litigation over California’s greenhouse gas vehicle standards.
Dealing with Congress and federal agencies, Mr. Bookbinder helped lead efforts on both global warming legislation and Clean Air Act greenhouse gas regulation, and has testified in front of House and Senate committees on these issues. He has also advised states as to their greenhouse gas regulatory authority.
In pursuing his goal of practical, cost-effective carbon solutions Mr. Bookbinder has frequently told environmental groups, members of Congress, and federal and state agencies things they did not want to hear.
Since leaving Sierra Club in 2010, he has represented natural gas interests in a variety of federal regulatory matters, including several challenges to EPA rules.
Mr. Bookbinder was trained at Princeton University (summa cum laude) and the University of Chicago Law School. He has designed and taught courses on “Environmental Litigation” at Georgetown University Law Center and “Environmental Law and Science” at the William and Mary Law School/Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit groups.
David Bailey has 35 years experience in managing energy related issues around the world. He has worked at literally every level of the coal and oil and gas industries, from the UK National Coal Board during the economic and labor upheavals under the Thatcher government to responsibility for ExxonMobil’s climate policy.
Mr. Bailey’s career in the oil industry began in 1989, where he became Human Resources Director for Mobil’s UK businesses before moving into government relations. He subsequently worked on the creation of a Europe-wide joint venture with BP, oversaw Mobil’s EU Relations activity in Brussels and managed community and economic challenges and business expansion projects in Norway, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
Moving to the US in 1998, he worked first on the Exxon-Mobil merger and then in a series of assignments in every part of the merged companies energy businesses, at Corporate HQ and finally in the company’s DC office. He managed the full range of energy policy and climate issues both domestically and internationally, as well as multiple organizational redesign and crisis response projects. He has been involved in worldwide policy debates and advocacy on climate issues since 1998. He retired from ExxonMobil as Climate Policy Manager at the end of 2012.
Mr. Bailey is a graduate of Oxford University and in addition to his consulting work, teaches a course on the global oil and gas industry for the Master’s program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.