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Matthew J. Greenberg





Vermont Law School, J.D./M.E.L.P, 2010

Michigan State University, B.S., 2000

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Matthew J. Greenberg is an environmental attorney with a focus on transactional work including support of commercial and brownfield development, solar development, site clean-ups, regulatory compliance and enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions.

An experienced transactional attorney, Matthew's practice focuses on environmental matters within business and real estate transactions, general contract matters and real estate development projects. Clients rely on his technical background to advise them on their most pressing environmental matters. His clients come from a broad spectrum of domestic and foreign industries including, but not limited to, transportation, manufacturing, electric generation, gas transportation, municipal entities, solar development, real estate development (including brownfields) and financial institutions. He has also provided direct in-house legal assistance to clients on a very broad variety of matters, including contract negotiation, dispute resolution, settlement negotiations, procurement management, risk management, technical staff coordination, land acquisitions and alternative energy development.

Matthew regularly reviews and analyzes Phase I/II ESAs and Due Care Compliance Plans to satisfy environmental due diligence activities, evaluates risk exposure and mitigation strategies in transactions, and advises clients on liability exposure as it relates to environmental issues.

Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Matthew served as in-house counsel for a railcar and environmental services firm, and as an environmental consultant. Matthew is able to capitalize on his technical skills developed during his years as an environmental practitioner to provide added value to his advice.

He has also served as an intern for the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Representative Matters

Real Estate Transactions, Brownfield Development and Lending Institution Representation  

Matthew has provided advice and counsel on environmental due diligence transactions involving the purchase and sale of contaminated properties and brownfield sites. He has been involved in the review and evaluation of due diligence documentation for lending institution’s underwriting decisions and foreclosure actions as well as large-scale development activities.

In his transactional tasks, he has facilitated the review of industrial developments, arena developments, impacted property acquisition and divestment, transformational brownfield projects and commercial developments.

He assisted in the purchase of the RACER Willow Run "Arsenal of Democracy" site located in Ypsilanti Township, providing environmental and technical expertise in the review and modification of environmental covenants, easements and access agreements, obtaining a federal prospective purchase agreement, and assisting buyer's environmental liability, due diligence and due care obligations.

Matthew has also provided assistance with the development of contaminated sites and due care obligations for complex land assembly projects associated with a professional sporting event arena and the surrounding transformational brownfield development projects, as well as large scale industrial land assembly development projects.

Industrial Property Divestment

As an environmental attorney, Matthew's practice often includes assisting automotive manufacturers and utility generators with demolition, salvage and access agreements, easements and restrictive covenants, and ultimately the sale of industrial and generation facilities. These tasks include addressing asset transfer and liability allocation in the context of the sale of shuttered coal-fired electrical generation facilities and industrial manufacturing facilities.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Matthew is regularly involved in the leading due diligence reviews involved in mergers and acquisitions involving local, national and foreign clients. This has included leading negotiations and drafting of agreements surrounding environmental matters as well as post-closure response activities associated with multinational mergers and acquisitions. This has involved addressing environmental liabilities in the purchase and sale agreements, access agreements, restrictive covenants, and easements as well as on-the-ground response actions following the completion of a transaction.

Renewable Energy Development

Concerted efforts are being made by individuals and entities in the State of Michigan to utilize renewable energy sources. Matthew has been involved in the negotiation of power purchase agreements and interconnection agreements for various utilities, private developers, public entities and consumers relating to solar- and wind-based renewable energy projects.

Transactional Due Diligence Review

Matthew has represented clients in the evaluation of environmental due diligence review for financing of large-scale wind generation and pipeline developments. This has included evaluation of transactional issues related to real property environmental liability matters and regulatory requirements in rapidly evolving projects.    

In-House Legal Services

Having experience working as in-house counsel for a private corporation, Matthew is sometimes called on to provide in-house legal services for clients with legal needs that outsize their immediate capacity. In this role, he has coordinated with general counsel to undertake a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, contract negotiation, dispute resolution, settlement negotiations, procurement management, risk management, technical staff coordination and alternative energy development. Specific assignments have included drafting, reviewing and modifying power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, access or ingress agreements, NDAs/confidentiality agreements, railroad crossing and construction agreements, contracts for large-scale IT projects, inspection services, general commercial procurements contracts (ranging from vehicle acquisition to electrical generation unit equipment acquisitions), asset transfers and renewable energy project development agreements.

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Section

Michigan Wetlands Association

Michigan Water Environmental Association

Michigan Manufacturers Association, Environmental Committee Member

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

City of Ferndale Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Board Member (Former)

Highfields, Board of Directors, Member