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Practice Areas


Dawda Mann is uniquely qualified to assist clients in resolving issues relating to environmental, energy and sustainability matters. Our attorneys have worked in this complex and ever-changing area of law since the early 1980s. Our attorneys were involved in the first Superfund sites and have handled environmental permitting, compliance and litigation matters before the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various state and federal regulatory authorities. Several of our attorneys are certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Solution-based legal services for environmental law clients include:

  • Environmental remediation
  • Hazardous waste
  • Permitting and land use approvals
  • Emerging climate change and greenhouse gas regulations
  • Brownfield and urban development
  • Carbon emissions and air permits
  • Water discharges
  • Green construction
  • Corporate sustainability programs
  • Environmental enforcement actions
  • Recycling, waste minimization and post-consumer product management
  • Oil and gas leases
  • Air quality regulation
  • Environmental permitting
  • Chemical transport, handling and storage
  • Above and underground tank management
  • Environmental insurance
  • Marketing, contracting and certifying green products
  • Environmental claims in bankruptcy
  • Environmental issues relating to lending practices

Dawda Mann’s environmental law practice includes:

  • Transactional: We counsel and negotiate on behalf of our clients in all business transactions, including real estate, corporate, loan, waste management, merger and acquisitions and land use development projects.
  • Regulatory: Our attorneys help clients navigate the complex legal requirements of compliance and develop creative solutions to achieve cost-effective resolutions of legal issues.
  • Litigation: We represent clients before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies. Our attorneys regularly litigate environmental issues involving site remediation, liability allocation, third-party claims of toxic exposure, land use approvals and insurance coverage.
  • Energy: The firm's broad real estate and land use expertise means that our attorneys are highly skilled in negotiating transfers of natural resources property interests, including oil and gas leases.
  • Sustainability: We represent businesses involved in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources, and we regularly help our clients to explore recycling, reuse and waste management practices to obtain competitive advantages.
  • Economic and Tax Incentives: We assist businesses in securing financial and other economic incentives under local, federal and state law. We use a multi-state approach to find the best programs to fit our clients’ business plans.