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Michael J. Pattwell



212 E. Cesar Chavez Ave
Lansing, MI 48906
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Practice Areas
Administrative LawEnvironment, Energy & Natural ResourcesLitigationPolitical Law
Areas of Emphasis
Administrative LawBrownfields RedevelopmentBusiness LitigationCombined Sewer OverflowCommercial LitigationEnvironmental Assessments, Due Diligence & AuditsEnvironment, Energy & Natural Resources LitigationMining/Natural Resource ExtractionPermits & LicensesRemediation & Natural Resource RestorationSolid & Hazardous Waste ManagementToxic Torts and Hazardous Substance Litigation
Automotive & ManufacturingEnergy & UtilitiesMining
J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, 2006
B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2003
State Bar Licenses
West Virginia
District of Columbia
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of West Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
Member – Green and White Political Action Committee (supporting Michigan State University)
Board Member - Lake Geneva Property Owners’ Association
Board Member - Washington and Lee University Alumni Admission Program
Former President - Washington and Lee University Alumni Association, Detroit Chapter
Board Member - West Michigan Federalist Society
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Michael J. Pattwell


Michael J. Pattwell is a Member in Clark Hill’s Litigation, Political Law, and Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources (“EENR”) Groups.

Michael’s state and federal litigation practice is extensive. He has represented clients before a variety of courts and administrative agencies spanning several states and the District of Columbia, and has accumulated significant experience in the following areas: contract, shareholder, and corporate governance disputes; business torts involving fraud, conversion, and RICO violations; non-compete and trade secret actions; employment related discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; suits brought under FELA; collection matters ranging from simple garnishments and liens to workouts of sophisticated lending transactions; insurance regulatory matters and suits brought against the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association; and constitutional challenges against state legislation and ultra vires government action. Most recently, Michael served with Clark Hill’s public pension team concerning matters related to the City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act (Act 436 of 2012), and the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (Act 4 of 2011).

Michael’s environmental practice encompasses both litigation and transaction matters. Michael has defended farmers, manufacturers, contractors, miners, and property owners against Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act enforcement actions; intervened to defend against citizen suits challenging administrative permit decisions; and represented municipally-owned electric utilities before the Michigan Public Service Commission. Michael has also advised myriad clients, attorneys, and environmental professionals on matters relating to environmental and pollution liability insurance; the limited liability protections available to potential owners and operators of contaminated property; brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects; the USEPA and MDEQ's environmental audit policies; management of hazardous wastes and underground and aboveground storage tanks.

Michael's political law practice focuses on the formation and administration of election day and voting integrity operations. He has participated in such operations in Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Louisiana. In 2012, he served as the State Legal Director for Romney for President, Inc. (Primary Election) and as a Legal Co-Chair of Lawyers for Romney (General Election). In 2007, Michael served as Minority Counsel for the West Virginia House of Delegates. Michael also has significant experience in voting rights, redistricting, and campaign finance matters.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Michael served as Law Clerk to the Honorable David A. Faber, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and as Minority Counsel for the West Virginia House of Delegates. Additionally, during law school, he served as a student prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia; an extern to the Environmental Defense Section of U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division; and a judicial intern to the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.


  • Co-Author, “Rivers, Streams and Swales, and the Jurisdictional Reach of the Clean Water Act after Rapanos v. United States,” 28 Energy and Mineral Law Institute (2007)
  • Author, “Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan: An Uncertain Future,” Energy & Sustainability Legal News(April 2009)
  • Author, “A New Twist: Is Texas Hold’em Poker a Game of Chance or Skill?” Gaming Legal News (September 2009)