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David E. Cranston

Los Angeles Attorney
David E. Cranston

Phone: 310.553.3610


Languages: English

David Cranston chairs both the firm’s Environmental Group and the Climate Change and Sustainability Practice Group.  Mr. Cranston has specialized in environmental law for over two decades.  His broad-based experience ranges from the litigation of complex environmental disputes under CERCLA, RCRA, CEQA and the Clean Air Act to representation and counseling on regulatory and policy matters.  He is recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the field of environmental law.

Mr. Cranston is relied upon by some of the country’s largest companies to recover environmental cleanup costs – from responsible parties and insurers – in connection with national portfolios of contaminated properties.  He emphasizes the implementation of strategies for the cost-effective, innovative and favorable resolution of such claims through litigation, ADR or other means.

Mr. Cranston has also represented his clients in connection with a number of Superfund sites, including defense of U.S. EPA claims of liability and the negotiation of administrative orders, consent decrees and allocation among potentially responsible parties.  Mr. Cranston has served as common or lead counsel for a number of defense groups in litigated and non-litigated matters.

Mr. Cranston has substantial expertise in air quality litigation, regulation and counseling on policy and rule-making matters.  His litigation experience has resulted in the publication of leading appellate opinions favorable to his clients.  The dairy industry in Central California, one of the largest in the world, has exclusively relied on Mr. Cranston for providing the legal counseling, representation and litigation necessary to face a dynamic regulatory environment in a region known for significant air quality issues and aggressive challenges by environmental organizations.

Mr. Cranston has substantial experience in challenging and defending the decisions and documentation required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Mr. Cranston also advises real estate investors and developers in connection with the acquisition and redevelopment of properties impacted by environmental contamination.  He helps direct the due diligence, risk management and regulatory initiatives necessary for a successful project.

Mr. Cranston has worked with most of the major insurance markets in negotiating manuscripted environmental insurance policies to specifically address environmental risks arising from known and unknown pollution conditions.  He has also helped his clients recover claims under such policies and has significant experience under the Clean Water Act.

Mr. Cranston has been selected as a 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Southern California Super Lawyer in Environmental Law.  He has also been recognized as one of the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers by Legal Media Group.  He has authored a number of articles and other publications including the chapter on environmental insurance coverage for the treatise, California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice.

Mr. Cranston is also a competitive bicyclist, when time permits.  In 2010 he won the State Championship in road racing at the California Senior Games.  Racing for the U.S. team, he also won a gold medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2009.


  • JD, University of California at Davis School of Law, 1985
  • BA, cum laude, San Diego State University, 1981

Practice Areas

  • Environment
  • Litigation
  • Climate Change & Sustainability


  • World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers by Legal Media Group in London, 2005
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009-2013
  • Rated, “AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5,” Martindale Hubbell

Published Articles & Media Commentary

  • Quoted, “Culver City groups settle suit with oil company, L.A. County, “ Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2011
  • Quoted, “L.A. Reaches Settlement Over Urban Oil Field,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 8, 2011
  • Profiled, “Cleaning Up: Resolving Your Environmental Liabilities With Other People’s Money,” Smart Business Magazine, July, 2011
  • Quoted, “Powering Down: Data center power consumption has doubled since 2000—and environmentalists are taking notice,” Inside Counsel, November 2009
  • Quoted, “Real Estate Considers Role In State Cap-and-Trade System,” California Real Estate Journal, June 2009
  • Author, “From CERCLA to Climate Change: The Changing Challenges to Environmental Land Use Disputes and How to Resolve Them,” Inside The Minds: Strategies For Resolving Environmental Land Use Disputes, pgs. 95-112, Aspatore, 2009
  • Quoted, “Questions Crop Up Over Cost Of CARB’s Scoping Plan: Real estate braces for financial consequences of AB32,” California Real Estate Journal, January 2009
  • Author, Chapter 59, “Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims, Losses & Liabilities,” California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice
  • Author, “Strategies for Buying Contaminated Properties in the 21st Century: The Management of Environmental Risk,” California Environmental Law Reporter, September 1997
  • Author, “Environmental Insurance Coverage Disputes-Issues and Strategies for Resolution from the Policyholder’s Perspective,” California Environmental Law Reporter, April 1992
  • Contributing Editor, California Environmental Law Reporter

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Air Quality Regulation in California: Critical Issues in Greenhouse Gases, Stationary Source and Mobile Source Emissions; 2006
  • Speaker, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Litigator Conference; 2004

Professional/Community Affiliations

  • 2005-2012 Board of Directors, Children’s Nature Institute
  • Vice President & Director, Attorneys Insurance Mutual Risk Retention Group
  • Member, California State and American Bar associations

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Greenberg Glusker

1900 Avenue of the Stars
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
United States

Law Firm Contact: Brian L. Davidoff

Tel: 310.553.3610

Fax: 310.553.0687



Member Since: 2005

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