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  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

    U.S. District Court for District of New Jersey

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Education

Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, May 2012

  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement, “Distinguished Law School Winner”
  • Order of the Coif
  • First Prize, Albert H. Friedman Award,  most outstanding performance in the production of a writing project
  • First Prize, Nat M. Wolfsohn Memorial Award, excellence in real property
  • Best Paper in Advanced Contracts (2011) and Property (2010)
  • Distinguished Class Participation for Land Use Planning (2011), Advanced Contracts (2011), Property (Spring 2010), and Environmental Law (Spring 2010)
  • Graduate assistantship, Legal Studies Department (2010-2012)
  • Managing Editor, Temple Law Review (2011-2012)
  • Outreach Coordinator, Environmental Law Society 

Temple University, B.A. (English & History), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 2008

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

  • Adjunct professor, Environmental Lawyering (2016-present)

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

  • Board of Directors (2017 - present)

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Michael works in the firm’s complex industrial and regulatory practices, with a particular focus in the areas of air, water quality, and endangered species regulation.  He has worked with a wide array of clients, including those in the manufacturing, waste, power generation, commercial development, transportation, education, and municipal sectors.  Michael counsels clients on environmental matters at both the state and federal level, including permitting, agency enforcement, and regulatory compliance involving air emissions, wastewater, stormwater, impacts to endangered species, and solid and hazardous waste.  

He has negotiated complex settlement agreements on behalf of clients, including several Consent Decrees with the United States Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. He also assists clients with the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, in conducting internal investigations and audits, and in the preparation of comments on proposed agency rulemakings. Additionally, Michael has extensive experience in matters involving the Delaware River Basin Commission, including securing required approvals, commenting on Commission rulemakings, negotiating settlement agreements, and participating in administrative hearings.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law where he was the Managing Editor of the Temple Law Review and received multiple academic awards, including the Burton Award for Legal Achievement “Distinguished Law School Winner,” a national writing award presented for excellence in legal writing.  In law school, Michael served a year-long Federal Judicial Clerkship Clinical with the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  He has been recognized in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star listing for environmental law since 2018 and was included on the initial Best Lawyers “One to Watch List” for environmental law in 2021.

Outside of the office, Michael serves on the Board of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. As the Chair of the Partnership’s Mussel Hatchery Committee, he assists in the planning and construction of the nation’s first mussel hatchery being developed to improve water quality in the region.  Michael is also an adjunct professor at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law where he teaches environmental law.  He lives in Narberth, where you will often find him cooking with his wife and son.

Representative examples of Michael’s experience include the following:

  • negotiating Consent Decrees with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including in the areas of air quality, chemical safety, stormwater and water quality;
  • challenging the promulgation of EPA regulatory programs in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit;
  • assisting in the preparation of public comments on federal and state regulatory proposals including in the areas of air quality, water quality, and endangered species protection;
  • counseling clients regarding environmental compliance, including regulatory and  permitting obligations;
  • assisting clients prepare Title V and operating permit applications;
  • helping prepare permits for water withdrawal and discharge;
  • challenging conditions included in operating permits;
  • assisting clients with performing environmental due diligence associated with asset acquisition; and,
  • appealing claim denials by the Pennsylvania Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers® "Ones to Watchlisting (environmental law), since 2021. The Best Lawyers list is issued by Woodward/White Inc. Click here to view the selection methodology.

    Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
    “Rising Star” listing (environmental law), since 2018. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Click here to view the selection methodology.

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

“New Jersey’s Energy Evolution Series” moderator, a webinar presented by Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, August 20, 2020

“Practical Pointers for Managing Risk Assessment Screenings” presented at the Chemistry Council of New Jersey Environment Committee Meeting in Princeton, NJ, February 25, 2020

“The New Regulations for Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks:  Strategies to Manage  Your Residual Waste” presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2018 Annual Environmental Compliance Conference in Harrisburg, PA, September 26, 2018

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