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Sep 2009
September 10, 2009

Three Warner Norcross Partners Recognized in The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers

Three partners with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP have again been honored for their expertise in environmental law.

John V. Byl, Michael L. Robinson and Eugene E. Smary have once again been selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers 2009. Warner Norcross is once again the only law firm in Michigan to have multiple representatives on the list.

The annual publication identifies the preeminent attorneys in environmental law by conducting extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and general counsel who have expertise in the field. All three were recognized in the 2007 edition and Smary was also recognized in the 2006 edition.

All three concentrate their practices in environmental law and are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Byl chairs the Firm's Environmental Practice Group, which is among the largest in the Midwest and recognized by Best Lawyers and other publications as the top-ranked environmental practice in the state. The three are all past chairs of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Byl focuses on brownfield redevelopment and financing, air compliance and permits and related regulatory matters. He is active in a number of professional associations, including the National Brownfields Association and the West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association.

Robinson focuses his practice on environmental litigation, water, solid and hazardous waste and related matters. He is the past chair the Solid and Hazardous Waste Committee of the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Section and is active in other professional associations as well. Robinson writes frequently on environmental topics.

Smary focuses on cross-border environmental issues, mining, water, compliance, legislative and regulatory policy and related issues. Active professionally and within the community, he is the past chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. Smary has also served in this capacity on the state and local levels. He lectures frequently throughout in the United States and Canada on environmental law issues.

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About Warner Norcross & Judd

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and one of the top 200 in the nation. With more than 220 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is a full-service provider of legal services. Nearly half of our partners are listed in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Warner Norcross has been recognized for business excellence and workplace flexibility with an Alfred P. Sloan Award, 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, as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in both West Michigan and Metro Detroit and as one of the Best Michigan Businesses by Corp! Magazine. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.

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