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Philip A. Grashoff, Jr. is one of Michigan’s most experienced and respected environmental attorneys as evidenced by his inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” for Environmental Law and Litigation for more than 28 years. He has also been included in other annual listings, such as “Super Lawyers,” “DBusiness Top Lawyers,” and “Leading Lawyers.”

In his environmental practice, Phil provides counsel and assistance with complex environmental issues, including:

  • Facility compliance and permitting
  • Land use issues
  • Statutory and regulatory compliance governing land, water, solid and hazardous waste
  • Environmental issues arising out of real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence
  • Groundwater and soil remediation, wetlands regulation and mitigation, water issues, asbestos
  • Environmental litigation including defending against CERCLA and RCRA claims, prosecuting and defending toxic tort actions, asserting claims on behalf of the insured for environmental insurance coverage
  • State, federal and local administrative, regulatory issues and litigation
  • Landfill permitting and regulation

Phil practices natural resources and mining law, representing several foreign mining companies involved in developing mining projects in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Additionally, he serves as outside counsel for the world’s largest brewer, distiller and vintner, representing and/or overseeing significant environmental litigation, product liability, supervising other law firms and handling specialized assignments throughout North America.

Phil brings his expertise to agriculture, agribusiness and food processing industry sectors from the firm’s West Michigan offices. He joins a group of attorneys in the delivery of legal services which includes litigation, real estate, labor, environment and energy, succession planning, insurance and construction law, among others.

He has been appointed as a facilitator of environmental cases by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Phil has also represented clients in administrative hearings, local, state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United State Supreme Court. He is also a registered lobbyist with the State of Michigan.


Previous Experience

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section, Program Committee Chairperson, Council Member, 1982-1985; Secretary/Treasurer, 1986-1987; Chairman, 1988-1989; Real Property Law Section; Agriculture Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, past Member, Environmental Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member, Sections on Environmental Energy and Resources and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Member; CERCLA Committee, former Vice Chairperson; Contaminated Property Committee
  • Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals, Member
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Energy and Environmental Quality Committee
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Affairs Committee, former Member
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, former Vice Chairperson Public Policy and Government Affairs; Environmental Affairs Committee, former Chairperson
  • Michigan Waste Industries Association, former Member
  • Michigan AG Business Association
  • Michigan Food Processors Association
  • U. of D. Jesuit High School, Alumni Advisory Board
  • University of Michigan, Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association, Past President and Director
  • University of Michigan, Men’s Football Experience, Committee Co-Chair
  • Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, Department of Urology Friends Committee, Chairman

Education

  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1966)
  • Wayne State University (J.D., cum laude, 1972)

Admitted

  • All Michigan State Courts, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV-Preeminent, listed for over 28 years; Judicial Edition

  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, 1991-2019

  • Super Lawyers, 2006-2011, 2015-2018

  • DBusiness Top Lawyers, Environmental Law, 2014-2019

  • Leading Lawyers, Environmental Law, Land Use, Zoning Law, Mineral & Natural Resources Law, 2014-2019

  • Grand Rapids Business Journal, Newsmaker of the Year Nomination - Food Category: Southwest & West Michigan AgriBusiness Alliance, 2016

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