Firm launches Environmental Law Blog


Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP recently launched its Michigan Environmental Law Blog to focus on trends and developments that impact business. Newsworthy topics include the importance of reading Phase I environmental site assessment reports with a critical eye; an analysis of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) denial of a permit for a petroleum coke (pet coke) storage facility; and information regarding the property tax consequences of current environmental laws.

Honigman’s Environmental Practice Group is well known for its technical knowledge, contributions to environmental case law and literature, participation in legal scholarship and industry associations. They have established themselves as thought leaders through their work with professional environmental organizations and with committees created by the state of Michigan to address regulatory issues. The blog contributors have experience in air quality, environmental compliance, due care and remediation, hazardous waste, sediment remediation, wetlands and natural resources protection, economic development and other redevelopment incentives, solid waste and water discharge.

The Michigan Environmental Law Blog can be found at The blog contributors are:

—Kenneth C. Gold, a Honigman partner and the leader of its Environmental Practice Group. He focuses his practice on advising clients on environmental issues, including transactions, mergers, acquisitions, permitting, compliance, enforcement defense, cleanups, auditing, climate change and sustainability. Gold is currently the editor-in-chief of The Environmental Professional, a publication of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals, and was named the association’s “Outstanding Environmental Professional” of the year in 2008. He previously served as the chair of the Land Use Subcommittee of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Groundwater Rules Work Group of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

—S. Lee Johnson a Honigman partner and a seasoned real estate and environmental attorney. He focuses his practice on counseling large and small manufacturers, real estate developers, mining firms and utilities regarding environmental regulation. Johnson’s particular emphasis is on air pollution regulation and the environmental aspects of commercial transactions. He is the chair-elect of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Johnson is a past chair of the Air Committee of the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Section and the East Michigan Chapter of the Air Waste Management Association.

—Richard A. Barr, a Honigman partner and the leader of its Economic Development Incentives Practice Group. He focuses his practice on environmental, economic development, real estate and business law and possesses significant knowledge regarding the redevelopment of contaminated sites by utilizing federal, state and local incentives. Barr is a member of the Environmental Advisory Rules Committee of the State of Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention and of the Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.