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Clark Hill Attorney Michael J. Pattwell to Moderate Panel Discussion during Michigan Defense Trial Counsel's 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference

May 7, 2018

LANSING, MI – Clark Hill attorney Michael J. Pattwell will moderate a panel discussion during the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel's (MDTC) 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference on May 11th at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Pattwell, joined by panel members Hon. Peter D. O’Connell, Michigan Court of Appeals; Hon. Joseph J. Farah, Genesee County 7th Circuit Court; and Hon. James S. Jamo, Ingham County 30th Circuit Court, will discuss "How Judges See Damages in Court." Pattwell is also a co-chair of this year's conference. For registration and more information, visit 

MDTC is an association of the leading lawyers in the State of Michigan dedicated to representing individuals and corporations in civil litigation. As the State's premier organization of civil litigators, the impact of MDTC Members is felt through its Amicus Briefs, often filed by express invitation of the Supreme Court, through its far-reaching and well respected Quarterly publication and through its timely and well-received seminars. Membership in MDTC also provides exceptional opportunities for networking with fellow lawyers, but also with potential clients and members of the judiciary.

Pattwell is an innovative problem-solver who specializes in managing high-stakes litigation and resolving complex regulatory and transactional impasses. His practice concentrates on environmental, energy, and political law. As both a litigator and regulatory attorney, he is well-versed in the ever-changing federal and state statutes and regulations governing environmental due diligence, liability, compliance, remediation, and permitting; natural resource extraction and transportation; utility ratemaking; electric generation and transmission; campaign finance; and elections. Where these laws intersect with complicated fact patterns, Pattwell excels at producing plain verbal and written advocacy that decision makers can easily digest and appreciate.

He has represented a wide array of clients (including financial institutions, insurers, service stations, manufacturers, foundries, road and bridge builders, municipalities, agribusinesses, environmental contractors, real estate developers, golf courses, extractive industries, pipelines, airlines, and energy-intensive businesses) with great success before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. He has also worked closely with state legislators, regulators, and trade associations on major policy initiatives resulting in the amendment of numerous environmental and energy laws. While the bulk of Pattwell's work has been for the private sector, his practice benefits from the unique perspectives gained while serving as special counsel for state legislators and as a special assistant attorney general for state agencies.

Pattwell presently serves as the Director of Clark Hill’s Environmental Litigation Practice, heads Clark Hill’s Flint Water Litigation Defense Team, and acts as Lead Counsel for the Association of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity (ABATE), a group of large businesses associated for the purpose of promoting reasonable, competitive, and nondiscriminatory energy rates and conditions of service. He holds the highest “AV®” Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell with the highest ethical standing, has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2013-2017) in the field of business and environmental litigation, and was recently named in Best Lawyers in America for environmental litigation.

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