Tyler D. Tennent is a Member of and General Counsel to Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and real estate development, environmental, corporate, and related litigation.

Mr. Tennent serves as regional real estate, land use, and environmental counsel to several national and regional real estate development companies and international manufacturing concerns. These matters frequently involve zoning, natural resource, and complex land use entitlement issues. He frequently assists clients with the development and operation of brownfield properties; the attainment of local, state and national use permits; the securing of tax incentives; the minimization of environmental risks associated with managing hazardous wastes; sustainable practices (LEED trained) and, with the drafting of contracts and corporate policies to avoid liability exposure. He handles complex cases that analyze the transactional effects of environmental liability and advises corporations on the implementation of environmental audit and compliance programs. Additionally, he serves as counsel to governmental authorities for complex land development matters. Mr. Tennent has significant litigation expertise representing parties in commercial, land use, and environmental litigation, including local, state and federal administrative appellate actions and regulatory proceedings.

In his corporate practice, Mr. Tennent counsels private and public businesses, primarily technology and auto suppliers, entering unique markets, and guides them through the array of legal issues presented. Some of the public corporations he has represented include land banks, brownfield authorities, and governmental economic development entities. He serves as legal counsel to the Environmental, Health and Safety Council of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association

Mr. Tennent earned his J.D. in 1984 from Michigan State University College of Law and his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1981.

Tyler D. Tennent

Member
Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. 1984

Michigan State University, B.A. 1981

Associations

American Bar Association

American Planning Association

Challenge Detroit (Member of Board)

Michigan Planning Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Oakland County Fellow Foundation

Original Equipment Suppliers Association

State Bar of Michigan

Published Works

“Clean Air Permits, Special State Report – Michigan. Clean Air Permits: Managers Guide to the 1990 Clean Air Act” Thomson Publishing

“Secured Creditors Face Expanded Liability Under CERCLA“, Michigan Environmental Law Journal Vol. 9:3

“Asset Purchases and Successor Liability Under CERCLA“, 6 Mich. L. W. 1329

“Opinions of Third Parties: An Environmental Perspective“, ABA National Institute on Third Party Legal Opinions

“New Developments Under the Clean Air Act“, 6 Mich. L.W. 1615

“Avoiding an Environmental Surprise: Steps Which the Consumer/Real Estate Purchaser Should Take to Avoid Environmental Liability”, Loyola Consumer Law Reporter,Vol. IV, No. 3

Presentations

“Special Zoning Issues: Wind Turbines”; National Business Institute, October, 2008

“Opinions of Third Parties: An Environmental Perspective”, ABA National Institute on Third Party Legal Opinions

“New Developments Under the Clean Air Act”, 6 Mich. L.W. 1615

“Avoiding an Environmental Surprise: Steps Which the Consumer/Real Estate Purchaser Should Take to Avoid Environmental
Liability”, Loyola Consumer Law Reporter, Vol. IV, No. 3

Bar Admission

Michigan, 1984

U.S. Federal Courts, 1984

Honors and Awards

Chambers USA: Michigan Real Estate Zoning/Land Use, Band 1 – 2020, 2021

Chambers USA: Michigan Real Estate, Noted Practitioner – 2019

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© – Environmental Law, 2019 – 2022

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© –Lawyer of the Year, 2022

Top Lawyer: Environmental Law – DBusiness, 2019 – 2021

Top Lawyer: Land Use and Zoning – DBusiness, 2019, 2021

Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers list – 2014 – 2021

Listed in Leading Lawyer: Environmental Law; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; Real Estate Law-Commercial – 2018 – 2019

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated – LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell®

Listed in “Who’s Who in American Law”
AVVO Rated Top Lawyer

Top Rated Attorney – American Registry
Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow