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Environmental and Energy Attorney

Matt is a partner and leads the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Team. A significant portion of Matt’s practice involves representation of municipalities and private developers in regard to water law matters, including: the permitting, operation and expansion of water supply/treatment/distribution systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems; sewer use ordinance drafting and enforcement including industrial pretreatment programs; stormwater management including ordinance drafting, permitting and enforcement and property owner representation in Drain Code projects; riparian rights issues; and submerged lands transactions.

He represents both municipal and private clients in a wide variety of projects involving land use, including condemnation, permitting of development in protected natural resource areas (regulated wetlands, critical sand dunes, flood plains, etc.), solid waste management, zoning, brownfield redevelopment, and remediation of contaminated real estate. Matt also represents developers of energy products including both traditional and renewable energy projects, primarily regarding permitting and contracting.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2010

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2017

Leading Lawyers: Environmental Law; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Michigan Water Environmental Association

State Bar of Michigan: Environmental Law Section; Public Corporation Law Section

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Water Environment Federation

Community Involvement

Beacon Hill at Eastgate, Board member

Christian Legal Ministries: Board of Directors; Legal Clinic, volunteer attorney

Christian Legal Society

News & Publications

Education

University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1981

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., with high honors, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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