Rich Gold

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Rich Gold is a partner practicing in the areas of legislative and environmental law, emphasizing strategy development, lobbying, legislative and regulatory counseling, and creative solutions to corporate, non-profit, and governmental issues at the federal level. He is the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group, which has been ranked among the top 10 law and lobby firms in Washington, D.C. by Influence magazine the last several years. Mr. Gold has been recognized as a top lobbyist by The Hill, The National Journal, Washingtonian and The Washington Business Journal.

Mr. Gold joined Holland & Knight in 1994 after eight years of government service, culminating in stints with Senator Lloyd Bentsen and EPA Administrator Carol Browner. Mr. Gold's practice at Holland & Knight has focused on policy advocacy, strategy and funding initiatives in a wide range of substantive fields from environment to food safety, transportation to energy efficiency and production.

On the appropriations front, Mr. Gold leads the firm's Federal Appropriations Team which has been successful in achieving federal funding for a wide variety of projects including research on biotechnology, energy and related fields, clean up and redevelopment of brownfields, road and transit projects, and stormwater and drinking water projects. He has worked for corporations to achieve policy changes, corporate competitive advantage and research funds in the annual budget process. Mr. Gold and the Holland & Knight Federal Budget & Appropriations Team have secured billions of dollars and exceptional policy results over the last decade for clients.

Mr. Gold has achieved success in a broad range of legislation ranging from Climate Change, Clean Air Act, Superfund, Brownfields and Water Resource Development Act issues in the environmental arena to chemical security, outer continental shelf exploration, and transit and transportation authorizations. His environmental and energy expertise have him heavily involved in the current debate over climate change in Congress working on new technologies related to carbon capture and sequestration as well as the elements of cap and trade policy.

On the administrative front, Mr. Gold has worked with Fortune 500 companies and trade associations, small businesses and local governments on regulatory matters before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of the Interior, the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House. Most recently, Mr. Gold has worked on federal legislation as well as regulations providing for the security of chemical facilities by the Department of Homeland Security. His experience at EPA with Clean Air Act rulemakings encompasses all of the agency's recent rules on gasoline and diesel as well as its various rules regulating emissions of volatile organic compounds from paints and coatings. Finally, he has negotiated two voluntary programs on chemical testing on behalf of the chemical industry with EPA and various non-governmental organizations.

Mr. Gold has worked on a broad range of crises from the environmental and transportation sectors to healthcare and local government matters. His focus in the crisis space is on congressional investigations, federal regulatory and enforcement response, and crisis communications.

As a board member of The Bryce Harlow Foundation, Mr. Gold serves to educate young people on the importance of professional advocacy and increase the understanding of its essential role in the development of sound public policy.

In recognition of Mr. Gold's energy and environmental policy expertise, he was appointed to the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009 and served until 2012.

Mr. Gold is a founder of a coalition of nonprofit groups and lobbyists, including Taxpayers for Common Sense, Citizens Against Government Waste and former Congressman Jim Walsh (R-NY), that work on reforms to the appropriations and earmarking processes.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Government Relations Practice, 2008-2016
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Government: Government Relations, 2007-2016
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2016
  • The Legal 500 USA, Government - Government Relations, 2015, 2016
  • Top Lobbyist - Hired Guns, The Hill, 2011-2015
  • LMA Your Honor Award-Online Interactive Marketing Tools for the Public Policy & Regulation Group's "Election Night Twitter Project," 2013
  • Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Award, 2012
  • Top Lobbyist - The Best in the Business, The Hill, 2007-2009
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, July 2009
  • Leading Democratic Lobbyists in Washington, The National Journal, 2007
  • Top 50 Lobbyists in Washington, Washingtonian Magazine, 2007
  • Legal Elite, Washington SmartCEO Magazine
  • Top Washington Lawyer Finalist, Washington Business Journal, Local & State Lobbying, 2007-2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • The Bryce Harlow Foundation, Board Member
  • The National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Studies and Toxicology Board, former Board Member, 2009-2012
  • George Washington University Law School, Dean's Board of Advisors