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Florida State University


Environmental Law Faculty

Our faculty includes nationally-recognized experts in the fields of environmental, energy and land use law. Several prolific scholars provide the core of our environmental law program, which U.S. News & World Report(2016) ranked 17th best in the nation.

David L. Markell

David L. Markell

Steven M. Goldstein Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A227E
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601 
Phone: 850.644.7692
Fax: 850.644.7282


J.D., University of Virginia, 1979
B.A. Brandeis University, 1975

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Recognized with several national scholarship honors, David Markell has published six books and more than 50 articles and book chapters on administrative law and environmental law topics including climate change, compliance and enforcement, and North American environmental law and policy. Four articles have been selected by peers as among the best law review articles in the field of environmental law since 2000. Two other articles have been selected as finalists for this honor. One of Markell’s 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 in 1995.

Over the course of his career, Markell has served as the David Sive Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, and as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, Lewis & Clark College of Law, Melbourne Law School (Australia), and IDC Herzliya Radzyner Law School (Israel).

Markell’s extensive government experience includes service as a director with the NAFTA Environmental Commission, as acting deputy commissioner of the Office of Environmental Remediation and as director of the Division of Environmental Enforcement of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice's Environmental Enforcement Section and with U.S. EPA Region 1. He has also served as a member of the U.S. EPA National Advisory Committee, as an external advisor to the Government of Canada’s Office of the Auditor General, and as a mediator and expert witness.

Select Recent Publications

COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (co-editor with Paddock & Bryner) (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited 2017)

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: LAW AND POLICY (with  Dan Bodansky, William W. Buzbee, Robert L. Glicksman, Emily Hammond  & Daniel R. Mandelker) (7th ed., Aspen Law & Business 2015)

An Introduction to Compliance and Enforcement (with L. Paddock & R. Glicksman), in Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Law (co-editor with Paddock & Bryner) (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited 2017)

Civil Remedies (with E. Hammond), in Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (Michael B. Gerrard, editor) (2d ed., American Bar Association 2014)

Agency Motivations in Exercising Discretion
, 32 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 513 (2017)

Technological Innovation, Data Analytics, and Environmental Enforcement, (with Robert L. Glicksman & Claire Monteleoni), 44 Ecol. L. Q. 41 (2017)

Emerging Legal and Institutional Responses to Sea-Level Rise in Florida and Beyond, 42 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2016)

Dynamic Governance in Theory and Application, Part I (with Robert L. Glicksman), 58 Ariz. L. Rev. 563 (2016)

EPA Next Generation Compliance, 30 Nat. Resources & Environment 22 (American Bar Association Winter 2016)

A Holistic View of Agency Enforcement (with Rob Glicksman), 93 N.C. L. Rev. 1 (2014)

EPA Enforcement: A Heightened Emphasis on Mitigation Relief, 45 Trends 13 (March/April 2014) (ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources)