Professional Biography
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David R. Zoppo Counsel

  • Madison

    D +1.608.663.7465

    F +1.608.663.7499


    33 East Main Street, Suite 201

    Madison, WI 53703-3095




David Zoppo is an environmental and energy attorney who has experience representing a variety of clients in administrative proceedings and contested case hearings before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He also counsels clients regarding the environmental risks of mergers and acquisitions, conducting environmental due diligence reviews for manufacturing companies and developers of renewable and conventional energy projects. He has also counseled clients regarding compliance issues under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and other major energy and environmental statues.

While in law school, David served a legal extern to the Hon. Richard R. Clifton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has authored articles that have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Energy Policy and The Electricity Journal, and is co-author of A Smarter, Greener Grid: Forging Environmental Progress through Smarter Energy Policies and Technologies. As an undergraduate, David volunteered for the AIDS Law Project, working in Cape Town, South Africa with NGOs and government officials to advocate for the rights and well-being of refugees and other displaced individuals.

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Ranked by Chambers USA Three Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Environment & Natural Resources Lawyers," 2019 - 2021
  • Listed in Chambers USA as an "Up and Coming" Environment & Natural Resources Attorney, 2020 - 2021

Community Involvement

  • AIDS Law Project (ALP) Cape Town, South Africa, 2008




Bar and Court Admissions

  • Wisconsin


  • Vermont Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2013, Staff Writer 2011 - 2012, Production Coordinator 2012 - 2013, Vermont Law Review
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Political Science, 2010