David B. Graham


David heads the environmental practice of Kaufman & Canoles. He represents clients in litigation and regulatory matters throughout the country. Prior to joining Kaufman & Canoles, David headed the environmental practices at Kaye Scholer and Howrey & Simon in Washington, D.C. and Baker & Hostetler in Cleveland, Ohio.

Representative Matters

  • Emhart v. Celanese, et al., U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, defending against cost recovery claim
  • Ashland, Inc. v. Gar Electroforming, 729 F. Supp. 2d 526 (D.R.I. 2010), plaintiff’s counsel on cost recovery claim
  • Represented Fortune 250 company removed from potentially responsible party listed at Superfund Site
  • Serving as liaison or common counsel to groups of potentially responsible parties at four waste sites in
    Illinois and Rhode Island
  • Negotiated agreements with three state agencies to cleanup waste sites
  • Serves as De Minimis Counsel for over 100 parties at a Superfund Site outside of Chicago
  • Represented multi-state power company defending against liability claims at coal combustion waste disposal site
  • Prepared emergency response plan for Fortune 250 international manufacturing company

Recognition & Honors

  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004, 2008-2019
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2019-2020
  • One of Ten Pioneers of Environmental Law; National Law Journal
  • Chair; ABA Superfund and Hazardous Waste Committee, 1990s
  • ABA’s Work Group on Superfund Reauthorization, 1990s
  • Member; Board of Advisors, Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter
  • Member; National Petroleum Council, an advisory board to the Secretary of the Department of Energy, 1980s
  • Team Leader; Task Force on Social Security, White House Advisory Committee, 1980s
  • Distinguish Achievement Award; American Heart Association, Nations Capital Affiliates, 1997


  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana


  • Louisiana State University; B.S., Petroleum Engineering, 1966
  • Louisiana State University Law Center; J.D., 1969