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.
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 Eighth Circuits, the supreme courts of Texas and New Jersey, and the supreme courts of the United Kingdom and Israel.
In his work at the Department of Justice, Professor Gold's major cases included trials, appeals and settlements under several federal environmental statutes, including: the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund site cleanups); the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (hazardous waste regulation); the Clean Air Act (air pollution regulation); the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (toxic release reporting); and the National Environmental Policy Act (environmental impact assessment). The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency recognized his work with numerous awards.