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Scott D. Hubbard

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Scott Hubbard has been practicing environmental law for 30 years. A former chair of the firm's Resources, Energy and Environment Group, Scott counsels industrial, retail and municipal clients on environmental liability, compliance and planning issues. Scott's areas of expertise include the acquisition, management and financing of contaminated property, negotiation of environmental cleanups, compliance auditing and defense of agency enforcement proceedings.


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  • Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington J.D. 1984 cum laude
  • Illinois Wesleyan University B.A. 1978 cum laude


  • 1984, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section, Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Environmental Law Section Council (2003-2009); Past Chair, Water Committee


  • Routinely represents clients in the management of environmental liability and related negotiations in connection with the mergers and acquisitions and the purchase, sale, leasing, and financing of commercial and industrial property

  • Wide range of experience defending and negotiating settlements of environmental enforcement matters in a variety of areas including Clean Water Act, RCRA, TSCA, and EPCRA matters

  • Lead environmental due diligence, risk analysis and environmental negotiations for $155 million acquisition by major utility of gas plant situated on historically contaminated property

  • Represented international manufacturer in cleanup of legacy environmental contamination at sites throughout the U.S.

  • Represented principal party in major redevelopment/environmental remediation project in Northern Michigan

  • Served as common counsel at multi-party sites of contamination

  • Served as environmental counsel to publicly owned solid waste landfill, including representation in all aspects of solid waste planning, permitting and compliance

  • Frequentlly counsels companies on the air transportation of hazardous materials and has significant experience in resolving FAA enforcement actions

  • Routinely counsels commercial banks and other lenders on environmental liability issues in loan review and workout/foreclosure contexts

  • Development and negotiation of private industrial wastewater management agreements

  • Negotiated major NPDES permits and groundwater discharge permits in paper, leather tanning, food and other industries, and for municipal facilities

  • Advised major retailing client on management of historically impacted soils on new development site

  • Knowledgeable on storm water permitting and management standards for construction sites

  • Represented the Michigan Manufacturers Association on a statewide advisory committee on quantification of wastewater pollutants

  • Represented industrial NPDES permittee in phosphorus TMDL work group and associated appearances before agency

  • Successfully defended administrative challenges to major chemical company NPDES permit brought by nationally sponsored environmental organization

  • Regularly represents industrial users in dealings with municipal wastewater authorities

  • Developed wastewater reporting procedure manual for major automotive manufacturer

  • Counseled national companies on Safe Drinking Water Act compliance, including coordination of communications with employees and other users of impacted SDWA public water supply systems

  • SDWA compliance planning for water service extensions, both as replacement supplies for impacted groundwater and for new commercial developments

  • Represented major automotive manufacturer in challenge to TMDL-based limits in NPDES permit

  • Negotiated host community agreements on behalf of public and private landfill operators

  • Represented solid waste landfills and haulers before county solid waste planning authorities

  • Represented landfill in developing gas-to-energy project with independent power supplier

  • Drafting and negotiation of disposal contracts and tipping fee arrangements among solid waste generators, haulers and landfill operators

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2020, 2018 and 2016 Grand Rapids Water Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Water Law
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan




Professional Affiliations

  • West Michigan Chapter,  Air & Waste Management Association
    Past Chairman of the Board
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
    Member, Environmental Quality Committee
  • Michigan Manufacturers Association
    Member, Environmental Policy Committee
  • TerraLex (an international legal referral network)
    Member, Environmental Practice Group, North American Region

Community Affiliations

  • St. Cecilia Music Center
    Director (2014-2019) (2001-2007); President (2005-2007)
  • Child and Family Resource Council
    Board of Directors (2008-2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Recycling Opportunities and Risk Factors,” Joint Program on Industrial Recycling, Air and Waste Management Association (Michigan Chapters) and State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section, December 1, 2016
  • State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Boot Camp faculty (Environmental Law), 2011-2012 and 2014-2015
  • "New ASTM Standard: Practical Application/Emerging Issues," Air & Waste Management Association, West Michigan Chapter, May 21, 2014
  • “In Search of . . . Judicial Guidance under Part 201,” Webinar, Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, June 11, 2013
  • Frequently lectures on environmental topics; featured speaker on Part 201, transactional matters, NPDES permits, wastewater issues, EPCRA, and other environmental topics at seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan, AWMA, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Food Processors Association, Michigan Safety Council, and other organizations

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