David Markell is an expert in environmental law and administrative law. He has published five books and more than forty articles and book chapters, and is widely recognized for his scholarly work relating to climate change, compliance and enforcement, North American environmental law and policy, and the design of government decision-making procedures. One of his books received the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Award for Scholarship, and was cited as "the most outstanding work of legal scholarship in the field" published that year. Two of his articles have been selected among the best law review articles in the field of environmental law since 2000.
Professor Markell has held a wide variety of policy-making and other positions. He currently serves on EPA’s National Advisory Committee for the NAFTA Environmental Commission. He also serves on the Environmental Law Advisory Group for the Organization of American States Department of Sustainable Development. Professor Markell previously served as External Advisor to the Government of Canada’s Office of the Auditor General, as the first Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters Unit, as Acting Deputy Commissioner for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Remediation and as Director of DEC’s Division of Environmental Enforcement. In addition, Professor Markell served as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice's Environmental Enforcement Section and as a lawyer with U.S. EPA Region 1 (New England), and as a mediator and expert witness.
Professor Markell served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Law for the 2007-2008 academic year and currently serves as Associate Dean for Environmental Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State Law in 2002, Professor Markell was a professor at Albany Law School. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and at Lewis and Clark College of Law.