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Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Attorney

Tim is a partner in the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources team. On energy issues, Tim represents clients before the Michigan Public Service Commission, including energy suppliers, marketers, manufacturers, agricultural processors, public entities and institutions, and trade associations representing competitive power supply and business interests. He also advises clients on developments in energy law and policy in Michigan, and assists them in the development of legislative proposals.

Tim works on natural resource development and environmental permitting matters, including permitting for mineral extraction and large energy developments. He has done extensive work on matters related to water quality and water supply and use, including discharge permitting, storm water compliance, and water withdrawal. He has assisted clients on permitting and compliance matters on wetlands, inland waterways, and on the Great lakes, including spill response efforts.

Tim also works on air quality matters, including permitting and compliance. He has considerable experience addressing site remediation and cleanup at client-owned sites, and negotiating with state and federal regulatory agencies and advising clients at multi-PRP sites. Tim also works in telecommunications law at the state and federal levels, where he assists municipalities and educational institutions on telecommunications matters, including cable franchising, construction and permitting of fiber optic systems, leasing of antenna towers, and a variety of FCC-related matters

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Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2013

Professional Affiliations

Energy Bar Association

Michigan Chemistry Council, Government Affairs Committee

Michigan Manufacturers Association: Mining Policy Committee; Environmental Policy Committee; Air Quality Committee

State Bar of Michigan: Administrative and Regulatory Law Section; Environmental Section; Natural Resources, Energy and Sustainability Committee, vice chair

Community Involvement

The ARC of Kent County, president, 2015 - present; vice president and Board member, 2013 - 2015

West Michigan Land Conservancy, Board member, 2006 - 2014

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Education

University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., 2002

Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Ph.D., English, 1996

University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
M.A., English, 1991

Hope College
Holland, Michigan
B.A., Psychology, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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