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Michael L. Robinson

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  • Grand Rapids

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Michael Robinson practices exclusively in environmental law for individuals, businesses and municipalities. Experience includes major environmental litigation, administrative agency negotiations, environmental commission and board presentations, permit preparation and counsel (air, NPDES, water, solid waste, hazardous waste, site remediation, corrective action and other), compliance and planning advice, environmental aspects of property and business transfers and environmental audits. Former Chairperson of the Firm's Environmental Practice Group


  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 1973 cum laude
  • Central Michigan University B.S. 1970 magna cum laude


  • 1973, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee Member (2013-Present); Past Environmental Law Section Chair (1998-99); Environmental Law Council (1998); Solid and Hazardous Waste Committee Chairman (1989-94); Natural Resources Committee; Real Property Law Section, Energy and Environmental Law Committee
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Environmental Law Section


  • Representing company in largest CERCLA administrative action in Michigan
  • Completed a large number of major transactions over many years involving environmental due diligence and deal negotiations
  • Handled numerous environmental cases for industries and municipalities
  • Drafted new groundwater and surface water interface legislation for state of Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Grand Rapids Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental, 1989-Present
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers, 2008-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2006-2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • Oxford's Who's Who and Who's Who in the World
  • Cofounder, University of Michigan Environmental Law Society, 1970



  • Contributor to five-volume Guide for Michigan Business on Michigan environmental law published by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, 1994
  • Editor, Michigan Environmental Statutes & Regulations Michigan State Bar, 1990
  • Has authored, or coauthored, numerous articles and chapters dealing with environmental law and regulations
  • Chapters currently appear in the Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Michigan, and in a multi-volume set published by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce entitled Understanding Michigan Environmental Law: A Guide for Managers. While both chapters are found in Michigan-specific publications, a substantial portion of each deals with analysis of the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act


Professional Affiliations

  • West Michigan Air and Waste Management Association
    West Michigan Chapter (1993-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Delivers many lectures at seminars regarding environmental issues

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