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Jun 2008
June 04, 2008

Warner Norcross Establishes Climate Change Practice

Building on the strength of its Environmental Law Practice, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has established a Climate Change Practice and appointed a new chair.

Daniel K. DeWitt, a partner who concentrates his practice in environmental law, will chair the newly established practice. Attorneys with experience in environmental, corporate, litigation, real estate, finance and government affairs will offer a comprehensive range of legal services, designed to anticipate and prepare clients for the changing nature of climate-related best practice and legislation at the state and federal levels.

"Climate change is a complex and rapidly evolving area of the law that has the ability to impact virtually every industry in the United States," said Douglas E. Wagner, managing partner of Warner Norcross. “Our firm has one of the largest and most respected Environmental Practice Groups in the Midwest. In order to focus comprehensive resources on climate change, we have established a cross-functional team of attorneys with experience in all facets of this area.

"Dan DeWitt is an excellent choice to lead our efforts in this area. In addition to being skilled practitioners, he and others in the practice group stay current on state and federal climate regulations that will impact the way businesses operate."

Additional attorneys active in the Climate Change Group include:

  • Troy M. Cumings, senior counsel who focuses his practice on environmental law and lobbying
  • Daniel P. Ettinger, a partner who concentrates his practice on litigation
  • Steven C. Kohl, a partner who focuses his practice on air quality issues
  • Daniel C. Persinger, an associate who focuses his practice on corporate law
  • Alison R. Waske, an associate who concentrates her practice on environmental law

Warner Norcross is a sponsor of the 2008 Climate Leadership Summit, scheduled for early June in Grand Rapids. The event, which is being held by the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, will bring together environmental and educational leaders from across the country to Grand Rapids for sessions on global warming, climate neutrality and sustainability.

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About Warner Norcross & Judd

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of the leading law firms in Michigan. With more than 200 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 2008 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, 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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