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Donald Simon


Donald Simon is an attorney and partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, a full-service law firm in Oakland, California, one of the few B Corp law firms and the nation's first law firm to be certified as a green business.  He focuses primarily on matters related to construction and corporate law, green building, renewable energy and environmental policy.  He has broad experience representing public and private clients on a multitude of business, litigation and policy issues.  Donald created the firm’s Green Business Practice Group, another first among law firms.

Donald is a national leader and speaker for the green economy and has devoted himself to building the green economy.  He co-founded the two organizations that have made California the global green building leader, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Northern California Chapter and Build It Green.  He is general counsel to both organizations, as well as the California Solar Energy Industry Association and Efficiency First.  Donald was the host of West Coast Green, the leading green innovation conference.  On the international level, he teamed with the City of San Francisco in 2005 to organize and host the United Nations’ largest international conference of local government leaders to address urban environmental sustainability issues.

The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Simon is a recipient of the 2011 California Attorney of the Year award, received the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Green Building Super Hero” award, was named the Top Attorney for Environmental Sustainability by the Business Times, a “Green Leader” by the California Real Estate Journal, and received the “Community Partnership in Sustainability Award” from the Business Times.

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