Brian J. Considine

Senior Attorney
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
248.642.4248 p

Tyler D. Tennent is a Member of 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 development companies and international manufacturing concerns.  These matters frequently involve zoning, natural resource and site specific use 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 also writes and publishes articles in state and national legal publications. As a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Mr. Tennent participates in its Real Estate and Environmental Law Sections and is a member of the Air, Real Estate, Wetlands and Surface Groundwater Committees. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Natural Resources and Environment Section and the Oakland County Bar 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.


  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. 1984
  • Michigan State University, B.A. 1981


  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© – Environmental Law, 2019-2020
  • Chambers USA: Michigan Real Estate, Noted Practitioner – 2019
  • Chambers USA: Michigan Real Estate Zoning/Land Use, Band 1 – 2020
  • Top Lawyer: Environmental Law – DBusiness, 2019, 2020
  • Top Lawyer: Land Use and Zoning – DBusiness, 2019
  • Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers list – 2014-2020
  • 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

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1984
U.S. Federal Courts, 1984


  • “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

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

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