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Paul D. Bratt

Associate | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2509

    f. +1.616.222.2509

Biography

Paul Bratt’s practice focuses on environmental law and litigation. Within his environmental practice, Paul assists clients in complying with permitting requirements under the various parts of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act and its Federal counterparts, including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, and provides research and environmental site assessment support. He has also assisted in advising clients concerning CERCLA and RCRA compliance. His efforts have been instrumental in large projects such as the Gordie Howe Bridge project, an infrastructure and public-private partnership (P3) project across Canada and the U.S., and for the Restore the Rapids project in Grand Rapids. Paul is adept at finding information to support answers for difficult-to-answer questions, and his research and writing skills are exceptional in providing information efficiently – something he learned how to do well in his federal court clerkship. His implementation of nontraditional research methods has proven to be a valuable skill in both environmental law and litigation; areas in which laws and regulations are always changing.
 

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 2016
  • Grand Valley State University B.A. 2013 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 2017, Michigan

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Honorable Gordon J. Quist 2017-18

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Teaching "Legal Environment for Business" at Grand Valley State University, Fall 2019

Honors & Awards

Experience

  • Brief writing for all levels of litigation, from administrative contested cases to the Michigan Supreme Court
  • Assists clients with regulatory and litigation matters involving state and federal law
  • Assists in state and federal environmental permitting, such as the Endangered Species Act, Michigan Wetlands Protection Act and Michigan Critical Dunes
  • Analyzes Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for real estate project

Publications

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Air and Waste Management Association
    West Michigan Chapter, Member

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