Warner Norcross & Judd is Michigan's leading authority on mining law. Our attorneys have broad experience in Michigan-related mining issues.

The firm represents clients in the following mining sectors: sand and gravel, aggregate, limestone, iron, nickel, copper, potash, salt, oil, gas and other metallic and non-metallic minerals. We have assisted clients in all phases of mine development, including acquisition, sale/lease or financing of mineral rights and permitting for the commencement of or expansion of mining operations, legislative and rule-making development and associated policy issues, zoning, water and air permitting and all associated regulatory issues.

Some of our experience includes:

  • Lead counsel for a major international natural resources company in obtaining the first permit for development of what will be Michigan’s first new underground metallic mineral mine in almost 60 years. In connection with that project, we helped coordinate a multifaceted approach involving statutory and regulatory development, community relations outreach, continuing interface with Michigan’s Executive and Legislative leadership and the subsequent litigation challenges to the issued permits.
  • Participated in acquisition, contracting, leasing and zoning matters for more than 70 separate mining sites in Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan.
  • Lead counsel for major international natural resources company in managing remediation of legacy contamination at old mine sites in Michigan, including resolution of natural resource damage claims.
  • Representation of mining companies, including sand and gravel producers, in acquisitions of public land and minerals or aggregates on public land including federal land, and land owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • Lead counsel in successfully negotiating and obtaining local mining permits for sand and gravel production, including oversight of environmental investigations, traffic studies, and geologic investigations in support of mining permits.
  • Lead counsel in successfully challenging a number of adverse zoning decisions concerning permits to mine through appeals in circuit court and/or by original action involving constitutional claims.
  • Lead counsel in challenging truck and haul route ordinances that appear designed to eliminate or adversely affect the viability of mining operations.
  • Representation of international and regional aggregates and construction companies in connection with accidents and injuries associated with operations, spills or other environmental occurrences, and alleged torts involving our clients.
  • Participated in the sale, acquisition or financing of mining and construction companies and mineral resources.
  • Provided title examination services for mineral resources
  • Assisted in the zoning, water and air permit, and other special issues involved with acquiring, starting, operating, or selling asphalt and ready-mix plants.
  • Representation of clients in administrative and judicial hearings including hearings before township, city, and other local municipal organizations, in trial courts, and before appellate courts including the Michigan Supreme Court.
Warner attorneys support clients with mining interests in Michigan, the United States and around the world. We know and have worked with government officials at all levels in regard to mining legislation and related matters.

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