Professor Gold earned an A.B. cum laude in biology from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal and a supervising student in the clinical program. After law school he clerked for U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, Eastern District of New York. In 1989 he joined the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He held the position of senior attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, before joining the law school in 2007.
His major cases included trials or settlements relating to hazardous waste sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act as well as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; single and multiple-facility Clean Air Act cases; and appellate matters under several environmental statutes. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, he received numerous service awards from both the department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Professor Gold teaches Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and Torts. His scholarship focuses on toxic torts and hazardous substance regulation and cleanup. Recently he has explored the potential of genomics to help resolve claims that toxic exposures caused illness. Professor Gold’s work has appeared in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, and the Encyclopedia of Toxicology. It has been cited by numerous courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Eight Circuits, the supreme courts of Texas and New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.