Clark Hill Attorneys Douglas R. Kelly and Kristin B. Bellar to Speak at MACDC's Winter Conference

Feb 16, 2011

ACME, MI – Clark Hill attorneys Douglas R. Kelly and Kristin B. Bellar will help to spread environmental awareness with audiences at the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioner’s Winter Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI on February 17. The informative session, titled “Applicable Environmental Laws and Regulation” will explore the environmental laws and regulatory schemes related to drain commissioners’ duties and operations. Information will be provided on pollution/impairment, wetlands, inland lakes and streams, the Clean Water Act, and permitting requirements.

The MACDC’s three-day conference showcases some of the best projects completed by Michigan’s drain commissioners and contractors, who are responsible for providing surface drainage to land usable for agriculture and development. The assembly’s primary focus is to allow companies to reach out to those officials who make daily purchasing decisions. The annual event also serves as a platform to provide various educational opportunities for drain commissioners, staff and vendors.

Douglas is a member in Clark Hill’s Real Estate, Municipal and Litigation Practice Groups in the firm’s Birmingham and Lansing offices. Douglas has substantial experience representing public sector clients with real estate matters including drain, water resources, environmental, easements, eminent domain and zoning and land use. Douglas also represents businesses in real estate, business, franchise, breach of contract, trademark infringement and claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

He serves as the Vice Chair of the Novi Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners and the International Right of Way Association.

Kristin is an associate with the Litigation Practice Group, and is adjunct to the Education & Municipal Group, in Clark Hill's Lansing office. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation and environmental law for both public and private entities.

Kristin deals regularly with federal, state and local agencies regarding environmental compliance and permitting issues, and has successfully litigated environmental claims for both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court. Kristin assists municipal clients with environmental issues in land transactions, service/goods contracts and the establishment and maintenance of county drains. She also acts as environmental counsel in complex land transactions, including the sale and redevelopment of contaminated properties.

Registration is available until February 1 at a cost of $150 for members, and $300 for non-members. Participants registering after that date will be subject to a late registration fee of $25.  For more information, visit