Environmental Law & Energy



Michigan Environmental Law Attorneys

The environmental lawyers at Smith Bovill are actively engaged in representing a wide variety of clients in environmental law and regulation. Our firm advises clients with respect to environmental requirements, business transactions and permitting. In its practice, the firm has endeavored to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions to clients’ problems. We handle the environmental law needs of business, governmental and municipal clients throughout Mid-Michigan, The Thumb, and the Tri-City Area in a wide variety of areas. We represent clients throughout Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Bay City, Midland, Flint, Mount Pleasant, Cheboygan, West Branch, Gaylord, Grayling, and the counties of Arenac, Bay, Genesee, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola.

Smith Bovill was one of the first law firms in Mid-Michigan to develop an environmental law practice. This practice specialty has continued to develop and presently includes the following areas:

  • Hazardous waste superfund litigation: The firm has represented clients who have been named as Superfund potentially responsible parties in both federal and state court proceedings.
  • Solid waste regulation: Smith Bovill advises private and municipal clients on solid waste regulatory issues, including the development of solid waste landfills, recycling and related programs.
  • Underground and above-ground storage tank regulation: Smith Bovill is experienced in all aspects of underground and above ground storage tank regulation. It has successfully recovered response costs for costly remediation projects for clients and regularly advises clients on the purchase and sale of real estate on which storage tanks are or have been located.
  • Cost recovery litigation: Smith Bovill has represented clients in private  and government cost recovery claims, in the federal and state courts, and in arbitration proceedings.
  • Toxic tort litigation: The firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving claims for contamination of private property and the natural resources.
  • Wetlands regulation: The firm advises clients on projects including wetlands, inland lakes and streams and other land use development regulations.
  • Risk Management: Smith Bovill regularly counsels clients on compliance with the numerous environmental laws and regulations. The firm has presented seminars and has assisted clients in environmental policy development.
  • Insurance Claims: Smith Bovill has successfully represented clients in environmental insurance claims for the recovery of costly remediation expenses. It also represents insurance companies on environmental claims disputes.
  • Lending, Security Interests and Foreclosure: Smith Bovill advises clients with respect to the avoidance of environmental liability in connection with the lending of money and the taking of real or personal property as security.
  • Land and Business Acquisitions: Smith Bovill represents numerous clients in the purchase, sale and development of real estate, which has potential environmental issues.


Smith Bovill has expanded its services in the Energy area in order to meet the needs of its diverse client base. In addition to oil and gas exploration, Mid- and Northern Michigan, including the Thumb, has experienced more interest in renewable energy, particularly Wind generation. In addition to stand-alone wind turbines, Michigan has become a popular area for Wind Farms.

Our legal services in this emerging area include matters such as:

  • Oil and Gas Lease Review and Negotiation
  • Wind Energy Lease Review and Negotiation
  • Wind Turbine Zoning Regulation
  • Renewable Energy Financial Feasibility Reviews
  • Financing, including grant reviews