E. Donald Elliott is currently Professor (adj) of Law, Yale Law School, and Senior of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Covington & Burling LLP. He practices in the firm's Environmental Practice Group. From 1989-1991, he served as Assistant Administrator and General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of George H.W. Bush, where he was the primary liaison between EPA and OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Elliott is a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. Elliott is unique in that he previously served on the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) as a government member, a public member and also as an academic consultant. He has taught administrative law since 1981 at Yale Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center, and has published over 70 articles and co-authored seven books.
His classic article (with Peter Schuck) To the Chevron Station: An Empirical Study of Federal Administrative Law, 1990 DUKE L. J. 984 (1991), showed empirically the effect of the Chevron decision on the rate of affirmances of administrative cases in the Courts of Appeals and was originally a study commissioned by ACUS. Many subsequent articles in administrative law have adopted the methodology from the Schuck-Elliott article to study a variety of administrative law topics. More recently, Professor Elliott’s article, Chevron Matters: How the Chevron Doctrine Re-Defined the Roles of Congress, Courts and Agencies in Environmental Law, 16 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 1 (Spring 2005), described how Chevron changed the internal dynamics within agencies and has been widely republished in administrative law casebooks.
Elliott graduated summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College and first in class at Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge David Bazelon on the D.C. Circuit and Judge Gerhard Gesell on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.