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Daniel K. DeWitt

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Biography

Dan DeWitt specializes in a wide range of environmental matters, with a special emphasis on hazardous waste regulatory issues, contaminated site cleanup, climate change and environmental compliance auditing.

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Education

  • Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington J.D. 1994 magna cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame B.A. 1991 high honors

Admitted

  • 1994, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section; Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Environmental Law Section, Sustainability and Climate Change Committee
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Environmental Law Section, Chair (2004), Vice-Chair (2003), Secretary (2002)

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Guest lecturer at Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College on climate and sustainability

Experience

  • Currently assists chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing operations conducting RCRA corrective actions
  • Represented major wind farm developer in Michigan assisting with developing its plan to grow a sustainable community with renewable energy
  • Regularly assists furniture manufacturers, chemical companies and other major manufacturers that are conducting environmental compliance audits. Has conducted numerous environmental audits in Michigan and nationwide
  • Counsels clients on climate-related issues, including emission reduction, greenhouse gas reporting and renewable energy credit trading
  • Regularly conducts environmental due diligence for major commercial transactions
  • Represents a client at one of the largest contamination cleanup sites in the country
  • Assists product manufacturers, packagers and retailers with environmental labeling, packaging and recycling requirements
  • Regularly counsels major chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies on hazardous waste issues
  • Worked on team that successfully defended a major pharmaceutical company at one of the nation's largest Superfund sites

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, 2013-Present
  • Associate Editor, Indiana Law Journal
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Order of the Coif

Publications

  • "The Sustainability Bar:  Look For Talk of a Carbon Tax in 2011," MiBiz, 2/4/2011
  • Co-authored three articles concerning the redevelopment of contaminated property in the national journal, Wiley Environmental Law Update, as well as chapters on administrative law and hazardous waste in the Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook
  • Frequent author on environmental topics for the Michigan Manufacturer's Association and local periodicals

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana University Environmental Law Alumni Advisory Board
    Member (2004-2010)

Community Affiliations

  • Opera Grand Rapids
    President, Board of Trustees (2014-Present), Board of Directors (2005-Present)
  • U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter
    Founding Member, Secretary, Board of Directors (2005-2006)
  • Celebration on the Grand Board of Directors
    Board of Trustees (1999-2003)
  • Leadership Grand Rapids
    Participant, 2003; Planning Committee (2004)

Speaking Engagements

  • He is a frequent lecturer and author on environmental topics for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Bar Association, Air and Waste Management Association, Michigan Chemical Council and local real estate periodicals
  • “Zero Waste to Landfill Program Development and Risks,” Joint Program on Industrial Recycling, Air and Waste Management Association (Michigan Chapters) and State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section, Lansing, Michigan, December 1, 2016

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