John V. Byl, a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been named chair of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Byl, who chairs the Firm's Environmental Practice Group, is the fourth Warner Norcross partner to serve in this leadership role for the State Bar. The Environmental Law Section provides education, information and analysis about issues of concern to environmental attorneys in the state. It also publishes The Michigan Environmental Law Journal.
Warner Norcross has one of the largest environmental law practices in the state, with more than 20 attorneys who concentrate on all types of air, surface water, groundwater, solid and hazardous waste and other environmental issues.
Byl, who joined the Firm in 1983, is active in a number of professional associations, serving on the board of directors for the West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, as a trustee with the Grand Rapids Bar Association and as a member of the American Bar Association.
Byl is a frequent lecturer on a wide variety of environmental topics for business, government agencies, trade associations and legal organizations. Additionally, he has authored numerous articles and chapters of books on a range of environmental topics. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and in Who’s Who Legal: USA-Environment 2006.
Byl holds a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Hope College in Holland and a doctor of jurisprudence cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
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About Warner Norcross & Judd:
This year, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP celebrates its 75th anniversary of service to clients in Michigan, across the country and throughout the world. With more than 180 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services. More than half of our partners are listed in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Warner Norcross was also named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine for the third year in a row. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of the nation's leading employment law firms by Workforce Management and as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.