Developer of low-carbon projects; Stanford Adjunct Professor; Project Finance specialist; former leading partner at Latham & Watkins LLP
Dave has decades of deep experience leading a wide range of project development and financing matters. He is working on a number of low-carbon projects, along with partners and institutional funding, including the world’s first carbon capture retrofit project of a combined cycle natural gas power plant. He teaches, most recently Winter Quarter 2021, a graduate course at Stanford -- Environment and Resources 260: “Implementing and Financing a Decarbonized Economy.” In five prior years, he has taught a full-term course on “Clean Energy Project Development and Finance” at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School. He also teaches an annual compressed course at Oxford’s Saïd Business School on International Infrastructure Development and Finance. Previously, Dave practiced law for 30 years with Latham & Watkins LLP, where he was one of the firm’s leading partners. For many years, Dave served as global chair of the firm’s top-ranked project finance practice. He also served as global chair of its finance practice (project finance, leveraged finance, banking, real estate, municipal finance, and structured finance). He served on the firm’s five-person executive committee, which has full authority to manage the firm, having been elected by the firm’s partners for the maximum terms allowed. Dave advised lenders, private equity firms, developers, utilities, and others in financings, acquisitions. and project development matters. He had lead roles in early renewables projects, including developing the first utility-owned wind energy project in the U.S. Dave also is a long-standing member of the Advisory Council to the Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, https://www.gps.caltech.edu/. Dave earned a BA in Economics with honors and distinction from Stanford in 1980 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1983.