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Energy and Environmental Attorney

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy), state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air quality permitting work, compliance counseling on air emissions, state and federal environmental enforcement issues, and environmental management program development. The air quality work requires a comprehensive understanding the Federal Clean Air Act as it applies to stationary sources of air emissions, as well as a working knowledge of the options pursued by states in reducing stationary and mobile emissions in ozone and particulate non-attainment areas.  

In the area of construction law, he drafts and negotiates construction contracts with architects, engineers and contractors for business and public owners, and has been involved in a number of LEED certification projects.

Bruce was the author of the Watt's New? Michigan Energy News monthly newsletter from 2008 - 2014 and was named a "Thought Leader in the Law" for his work with clients in the energy industry. He is the principal organizer for the Ford Energy Lecture series held in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and has also been named to Michigan's Energy Innovator Hall of Fame by the Energy Innovation Business Council.

For more information, please contact Bruce Goodman at 616/336-6574 or



Bruce gives numerous presentations each year on energy issues, as well as moderating energy panels. He has also presented on air quality issues, as well as participating in Air and Waste Management Association programs, and other environmental trade association programs.

In 2008, he served on two technical workgroups supporting Michigan's Climate Action Council. Bruce is a founding member of West Michigan Energy.


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2010

Grand Rapids Business Journal©, Thought Leader in the Law, 2010

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Energy Law, 2019

Leading Lawyers, Energy Law

Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, Energy Innovator Hall of Fame, 2014

Professional Affiliations

Federal Energy Bar Association

American Wind Energy Association

West Michigan Energy

Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, secretary

American Bar Association: Natural Resources Section; Energy and Environmental Law Section; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

Air and Waste Management Association

Chemical Coaters Association International, West Michigan Chapter

Michigan Manufacturers Association, Air Quality Subcommittee

Harvard Club of West Michigan, Schools' Committee

State Bar of Michigan, Environmental  Law Section

Community Involvement

Cascade Township Bike Path Millage Committee, past co-chair

News & Publications


University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., 1979

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
M.A., 1971

Harvard College
Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A., 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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