Bar & Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1983

University of Delaware, B.C.E., summa cum laude, 1980

  • Tau Beta Pi National Fellowship, 1980
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, 1980

American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Agricultural Law Committee Chair

Pennsylvania Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board

The Delaware Basin Regional Water Resources Committee

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

  • Chair, Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Pennsylvania Chamber's Environmental Affairs Committee and Water Task Force.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware

  • Advisory Council

Hedgerow Theater

  • Vice President

Philadelphia Choral Arts Society

The Crossing

  • Board Member

Elder, Wallingford Presbyterian Church

Basketball coach, Nether-Providence Athletic Association

Professional Highlights

Michael Meloy has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental arena. He brings both a legal and engineering background to bear in representing a wide array of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to closely held corporations, partnerships, municipalities, and citizens groups in environmental litigation, regulatory compliance, and transactional matters. Michael has provided regulatory assistance and advice to businesses in connection with all of the major environmental regulatory programs, handled the environmental aspects of complex real estate and corporate transactions, been actively involved in numerous redevelopment and remediation projects around the world, handled environmental litigation in both the federal and state courts and before administrative tribunals, and helped design and implement environmental auditing and compliance management programs. During the past several years, he has been heavily involved in issues related to natural gas exploration and development in the Marcellus Shale formation.

Examples of the types of matters that Michael has undertaken include the following:

  • providing regulatory advice to businesses regarding the generation, storage, transportation, recycling, processing, treatment, and disposal of hazardous, residual, and municipal wastes, and obtaining permits for hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal, treatment, processing, transfer, and recycling facilities;
  • handling compliance and permitting issues associated with industrial wastewater discharges, pretreatment requirements, stormwater discharges, sewage treatment facilities, wastewater treatment infrastructure, water supply infrastructure, and the discharge of dredge or fill material in wetlands and other types of waters;
  • handling matters arising under the Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Historic Preservation Act, state and federal storage tank programs, state mining programs for coal and non-coal resources, and state oil and gas programs;
  • assisting clients in all elements of brownfield redevelopment projects including due diligence, site selection, site characterization and remediation, risk management strategies, private financing, future use approvals, institutional controls, public funding, and liability protection;
  • negotiating and drafting environmental components of agreements of sale, corporate transactional agreements, leases, indemnification agreements, and financing documents for real estate and corporate transactions, and coordinating and implementing environmental due diligence;
  • representing buyers and sellers of environmentally impaired properties, including petroleum refineries, heavy industrial facilities, waste handling facilities, railroad facilities, paper manufacturing facilities, and chemical manufacturing facilities;
  • managing environmental investigation, remediation, and compliance activities at industrial facilities in North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East for a large multinational corporation;
  • developing and implementing corporate compliance and auditing programs, including procedures to protect the confidentiality of audit reports;
  • handling litigation before federal and state courts involving governmental enforcement actions, permitting of facilities, citizen suits, environmental common law claims, promulgation of regulations, and cost recovery and allocation actions under Superfund, including appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Third Circuit;
  • handling administrative appeals of permits, final agency actions, and civil penalty assessments before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board;
  • challenging federal and state actions under the National Environmental Policy Act;
  • handling matters involving agricultural operations and agricultural preservation programs, including litigation before the Agricultural Lands Condemnation Approval Board;
  • advising businesses regarding financial disclosure of environmental liabilities, including requirements imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • assisting in emergency response actions arising out of accidents, train derailments, and unplanned releases of regulated substances;
  • drafting legislation and assisting clients and trade associations in commenting on federal and state environmental regulations and guidance documents;
  • handling complex environmental remediation projects including matters arising under Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act corrective action program, and state property transfer statutes; and
  • representing clients and trade associations in connection with a broad spectrum of issues relating to the exploration and development of natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale formation.

Michael has spoken on numerous occasions regarding a wide range of environmental matters, including presentations for the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; the Pennsylvania Bar Association; the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; the Pennsylvania Bar Institute; the Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste

Conference; the Villanova Law School Environmental Symposium; the Dickinson School of Law Dispute Resolution Symposium; the Penn State University Goddard Forum; the University of Kentucky Environmental Law Institute; and various trade associations and civic organizations. He authored An Overview of Nutrient Management Requirements in Pennsylvania, 10 Penn St. Envtl. L. Rev. 249 (2002), and Disclosure of Environmental Liability in SEC Filings, Financial Statements, and Debt Instruments, 5 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 315 (1994).

During 1984 and 1985, he clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business listing (environmental law), since 2005. The Chambers list is issued by Chambers and Partners. Click here to view the selection methodology.
  • Best Lawyers 2013 Philadelphia Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year and The Best Lawyers® in America listing (environmental law), since 2006. The Best Lawyers list is issued by Woodward/White Inc. Click here to view the selection methodology.
  • Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers listing (environmental law), since 2005. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Click here to view the selection methodology.
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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

"The Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment: Are You Ready for a New ERA?" presented by MGKF, Bala Cynwyd, PA, February 27, 2018

"Tackling PCBs: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches" presented at the National Brownfields Training Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, December 7, 2017

“Complying with Pennsylvania’s Residual Waste Law and the Residual Waste Reports (PA 26R and 25R) – Update on Hazardous Waste Generators” presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2017 Annual Environmental Conference in Pittsburgh/Mars (Oct. 5), Harrisburg (Oct. 12), and King of Prussia (Oct. 26)

"Vapor Intrusion" presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2017 Annual Environmental Conference in Lancaster, PA, April 12, 2017

"Roadmap to Pennsylvania's New Vapor Intrusion Guidance" presented by MGKF and GHD in King of Prussia, PA, February 1, 2017

"Dirty Dirt and Development in Pennsylvania: New Act 2 Standards and Their Impact on Cleanups and the Management of Fill"
presented by MGKF in Philadelphia, PA, November 15, 2016

"Environmental Compliance Paperwork and Permits – Managing the Beast?" presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2015 Annual Environmental Conference in Lancaster, PA, April 8, 2015

"Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Program and the Residual Waste Program: Negotiating the Maze," presented for the Air & Waste Management Association in Pittsburgh, PA, May 13, 2014

"Residual and Hazardous Waste Compliance," presented by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry at their 2013 Annual Environmental Conference in Harrisburg, PA, April 17, 2013

“Natural Gas - PA Promised Land - Fact or Fiction/Marcellus:  Boom or Bust,” presented at the Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s (DVGBCs) 3rd Annual PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium in Philadelphia, March 12, 2013

"Implementing DEP's Permit Decision Guarantee, " presented by MGKF in Williamsport, PA, November 14, 2012

"Drilling into Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development:  A 3-State Perspective," a teleseminar presented at the American Law Institute-American Bar Association ("ALI-ABA"), October 18, 2011

"Best Management Practices:  Drilling and Completions," presented at Shale Gas Insights 2011 in Philadelphia, PA, September 7-8, 2011

"Waste and Water Environmental Regulations, and How to Develop an Integrated Spill Response Plan"," presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry at their 2011 Fall Environmental Conference Series, October 5 (Pittsburgh, PA), October 19 (Harrisburg, PA), and October 27 (King of Prussia, PA), 2010

"Understanding Residual Waste," presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry at their Key Environmental Issues Compliance Conference, October 15 (Scranton, PA), October 22 (Camp Hill, PA), and October 29 (Valley Forge, PA), 2009

"Residual Waste Management," presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's "Practical Applications for Residual Waste, Hazardous Waste, Stormwater Management, and Clean Air Permitting/In-Depth Key Environmental Issues Compliance Conference, October 16 (Lehigh Valley, PA), October 23 (Pittsburgh, PA), October 28 (Camp Hill, PA), and November 6 (Valley Forge, PA), 2008

"Climate Change: New Thinking for New Weather," presented at the University of Delaware Inaugural Forum in Newark, DE, May 10, 2008

Environmental Roadshow, presented by ALL4 Inc. in Phoenixville, PA, May 8, 2008

"Local Environmental  Initiatives" and "Environmental Roundtable" presented at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry 2008 Annual Environmental Laws and Regulations Conference and Trade Show in Lancaster, PA, April 1, 2008

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