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Eric J. Schneidewind Of Counsel

Eric Schneidewind Energy Law Attorney
Office
Lansing
Phone
517/482-8438
Fax
517/482-6937
Email
ejschneidewind@varnumlaw.com
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Assistant
Kimberly Champagne, 517/482-5303

Energy and Telecommunications Experience

Eric is co-chair of the Energy and Telecommunications Practice Group. His practice focuses on electrical retail wheeling, non-utility electric power marketing, cogeneration projects, waste to energy, utility scale natural gas, coal and wind generating plants. Eric’s clients include large government and private development entities and generation hosts who he assists in the purchase of natural gas, and with environmental permitting as well as the negotiation of fuel, equipment, lease and power purchase agreements relating to electric generation projects. On behalf of his clients, he secured the first licenses to market electricity in the Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison service territories.

Eric Schneidewind of Lansing, Michigan, has served the national Board of Directors for AARP for several year and currently serves as president-elect. The 22-member board is the governing body of AARP and approves all policies, programs, activities, and services for the AARP's 40 million members. Eric, a former AARP Michigan president (2005 - 2011), has devoted 15 years to public service. He was chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission for six years and also worked for the state Housing Authority, Securities Bureau and Insurance Bureau. Eric has served on the boards of Energy Michigan and the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.

Professional Activities

Eric has extensive service in state government culminating with a six-year term as Commissioner, then Chairman, of the Michigan Public Service Commission from 1979-1985. He drafted and obtained passage of PA81 1987 and was instrumental in the passage of Electric Restructuring Act (PA 141 2000). Additionally, Eric serves as counsel to Energy Michigan, the trade group of Michigan businesses and end users advocating competition in the electric sector.

  • Electric Power Supply Association
  • State Bar of Michigan: Administrative Law Section
  • Ingham County Bar Association

Recognition & Rankings

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2003
  • Named one of six " Thought Leaders in Law" by the Western Michigan Business Review
  • Named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media (ALM)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated  AV® Preeminent™

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    J.D.
  • University of California
    Berkeley, California
    B.A.

Community Activities

  • Michigan Public Service Commission (Chairman and  Commissioner, Director of Policy)
  • Michigan Insurance Bureau (Deputy Director for Policy and Consumer Protection)
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority (Real Estate Attorney)
  • Securities Enforcement and Investigative Work and Administration of Michigan
  • AARP (National Board, 2012 - Present)
  • AARP (State President, 2006 - 2012)
  • Loaves and Fishes Homeless Shelter (Volunteer)
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