Stephen A. CampbellStephen Campbell Clark Hill
Stephen A. Campbell
Steve Campbell is an attorney with the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources practice group. Steve’s practice is concentrated on assisting municipal, industrial, and commercial clients in complex regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters involving federal, state, and local environmental law, including NEPA, CERCLA, RCRA, CAA, CWA, Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, and issues pertaining to storm water, wastewater, wetlands, land resource management and development, hazardous substance release and response, underground storage tanks, air quality, and natural resources.
This practice includes representing and advising clients, attorneys, and environmental professionals on myriad construction, development, and operational issues including administrative permitting and contested cases, procedural and reporting requirements, environmental and pollution liability protections, and brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects. This practice also includes advising clients with regard to municipal zoning issues, including municipal jurisdiction and authority regarding local historic districts and the siting of renewable energy resources, as well as the incorporation of environmental and sustainability concepts in project development.
Steve’s practice also involves advising and representing large energy users in utility litigation and regulatory matters, as well as policy development, before the Michigan Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, along with related court appeals. This includes representing and advising clients on matters regarding utility billing practices, rate setting, power supply cost recovery, demand response resources, net metering and distributed generation, electric vehicle charging stations, interconnection of distributed energy resources, PURPA qualifying facilities and utility avoided cost, and mechanisms to ensure resource adequacy in competitive retail areas.
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Steve served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Charter County of Wayne. This role entailed providing legal counsel to County Departments and Authorities in numerous areas of law, including environmental, real estate, property, administrative, municipal, and economic development.
As the primary Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Department of Public Services - Environmental Services Group, Steve assisted the County in litigation, contracting, permitting application, administration, enforcement and compliance, municipal finance, and federal and state loan and grant compliance concerning matters including sewage disposal systems, municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4), soil erosion and sedimentation control, solid waste disposal, hazardous substance release and response, drain matters, and utility easements and condemnation.
In this role, Steve also assisted the County with financing and contracting for design and construction of public improvements to County infrastructure, as well as negotiating and enforcing sewage disposal system service agreements between the County and local municipalities. This involved providing counsel to the County as a contractor during the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings as well as the associated establishment of the Great Lakes Water Authority and the transfer of certain Detroit Water and Sewerage Department facilities and operations. In addition, Steve assisted the County in the development, administration and enforcement of its storm water management program in compliance with its MS4 permit and assisted the County in applying for and sub-granting federal awards for invasive species removal and grow zone development throughout the Rouge River Watershed.
Steve’s work also involved providing counsel on matters concerning County parks and roads, as well as serving as counsel to the Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, which involved drafting transactional documents and reimbursement agreements associated with brownfield plans and federal, state, and local awards for environmental assessments and response activities. As Assistant Corporation Counsel, Steve also developed and facilitated operation of the County’s Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, providing property owners and lenders a mechanism to finance and secure localized energy conservation and renewable generation projects.
Steve graduated from Vermont Law School where he served as a faculty research assistant and an editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. While attending VLS, Steve was awarded the Vermont Law School Academic Excellence Award and contributed to the Vermont Law School Land Use Law and Policy in Vermont Blog while also serving as a member of the Vermont Legal Research Group, Planning and Law Group, and Environmental Law Society. While attending VLS, Steve also served as a law clerk to the Vermont Natural Resources Board where he assisted in administering Vermont’s land use law, meant to regulate the impacts of development on the state’s natural resources.