Michael Gerrard, J.D.
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Director for Climate Change Law, and Chair of Earth Institute
Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, teaches courses on environmental law, climate change law, and energy regulation, and is director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He also chairs the faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
From 1979 through 2008, he practiced environmental law full time in New York, most recently as partner in charge of the New York office of Arnold & Porter. Gerrard was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association’s 10,000-member section of environment, energy, and resources. He has served on the executive committees of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Several independent rating services ranked Gerrard as the leading environmental lawyer in New York and one of the leading environmental lawyers in the world.
A prolific writer in environmental law and climate change, Gerrard has written or edited 13 books and twice received the Association of American Publishers’ Best Law Book award for works on environmental law and brownfields.
Gerrard has taught courses at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and New York University Law School; as a visiting professor at Université Paris 1 Panteon-Sorbonne; and as visiting distinguished scholar at Vermont Law School. He has also lectured on environmental law in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Italy, Vatican City, Malta, Israel, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Chile, Brazil, The Marshall Islands, Canada, and throughout the U.S.