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Miller Canfield’s Environmental Litigation Team includes experienced environmental attorneys and litigators who have defended public- and private-sector clients in trial court and appellate litigation brought by federal, state and local authorities, national environmental groups and private citizens.

We defend against the complex, sometimes overreaching permitting and regulatory actions our clients face, helping them to mitigate the political and financial impact of such actions. We have successfully defended clients in judicial actions seeking injunctive relief and penalties, private suits for the payment of damages and compensation, and contribution and cost recovery lawsuits involving the remediation of contaminated sites. We have represented utility and energy clients in litigation before the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), and worked on behalf of our electric clients with the Midwest Independent System Operator. We have also defended our telecommunications clients in litigation before the MPSC, Federal Communications Commission, and state and federal courts. 

Our experience includes:

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Clean Water Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)


Our attorneys are prepared to provide assistance and legal counsel to clients in responding to environmental crises, ranging from unintended chemical releases to devastating explosions resulting in significant property damage and human injury. We can assist in coordinating response activities, completing state and federal reporting requirements, overseeing and managing post-emergency response actions, facilitating communications between the client, regulatory agencies, neighboring landowners and alleged victims, and providing guidance on minimizing liabilities and reducing exposure should future emergency situations occur.


We have a strong background in counseling and defending manufacturing, utility, construction, retail, university and other clients in Occupational Health and Safety and workplace safety and health matters. We have handled cases involving over 50 workplace fatalities and many significant injury cases, including fire and explosion, crush injuries, and exposure injuries, as well as alleged “willful” and “repeat” violations/citations. We have substantial experience with both federal OSHA and state plan OSHAs, such as Michigan OSHA (MIOSHA), as well as others.