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.
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.
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
Leading Lawyers, Energy Law
Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated
Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, Energy Innovator Hall of Fame, 2014
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
Cascade Township Bike Path Millage Committee, co-chairman
News & Publications
- August 27, 2018
University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wayne State University
- All Michigan state courts