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David L. Guevara, Ph.D.
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DAVID L. GUEVARA, Ph.D. is a member of Taft's Environmental and Litigation practice groups and chair of the firm's Brownfield and Site Development practice area. David concentrates his practice in complex environmental, litigation, and insurance law matters. David’s legal publications include two books: Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery (ABA Publishing 2012) and The Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense to CERCLA Liability (ABA Publishing 2013). He is also the author of “The Application and Regulation of Institutional Controls in Indiana” in Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites (ABA Publishing 2012). David’s clients include corporations, municipalities, real estate development firms, and individuals each of whom are exposed to some form of, or seek to avoid, legal liability. When David’s clients are exposed to legal liability, he also assists in the recovery of insurance to offset the costs of such legal liability. In addition, a substantial part of David’s practice includes counseling businesses, real estate development firms, municipalities, redevelopment commissions, financial institutions, and individuals in the acquisition, disposition, and redevelopment of environmentally-contaminated properties. He also provides economic development and public-finance representation to clients involved in the development of environmentally-impaired real estate. 

David is the past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association. He attended the University of Notre Dame Law School where he was the recipient of the Graham Law Fellowship. While at Notre Dame, David received a Dean’s Award for achieving the highest grade in Trial Advocacy and was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of College and University Law. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and has taught philosophy and world religions courses at several colleges and universities. David was named an Indiana Rising Star from 2012-2016 and was featured in the article "Hell, Belief and Brownfields," which was published in the 2014 Indiana Super Lawyers magazine. The article discusses David's interesting career path that started with teaching philosophy and world religions and led to his current practice. Read the article here. David has also been recognized in Chambers USA 2016 and 2017 in Environmental Law and in the Chambers USA 2014 and 2015 Editions as an Associate to Watch.

David is a frequent presenter on a variety of environmental law and regulatory topics. Recent speaking engagements include:

  • Brownfields Key Concepts (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program, the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University and the Indiana Brownfields Program, Aug. 16, 2017)
  • Environmental Liability and Landowner Protections (Wilcox Environmental Engineering, May 10, 2017)
  • The Art of the Brownfield Deal (The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, March 2, 2017)
  • Environmental Liability and Landowner Protections (August Mack Environmental, Inc., Jan. 24, 2017)
  • Environmental Liability and Landowner Protections (Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Dec. 7, 2016)