Mike Levin

MICHAEL H. LEVIN An internationally-recognized environmental lawyer, Mike holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and an M.Litt. from Oxford University, where he was a Thouron Fellow. His problem-solving national practice for developer, energy and trade association clients focuses on Clean Air, solid waste and environmental finance matters. It includes strategic counseling, regulatory liaison, permitting, compliance, enforcement defense and legislative matters, plus appellate challenges to agency rules and innovative methods to reduce clients’ development, modernization or compliance costs. Mike established Washington environmental practices at three law firms after leaving the U.S. EPA, where he served as that Agency’s first national Regulatory Reform Director under Democratic and Republican Administrators and helped design and implement the Emissions Trading, Water Trading, and Acid Rain Allowance Trading programs. In 1996 Mike co-founded the National Landfill Gas Consortium, LLC, which finances renewable energy projects by structuring and placing debt, equity, and tax or other credits through networks of institutional investors.

Mike was an appellate attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, and was Special Assistant for complex/constitutional Fair Labor Standards litigation and the first Counsel for Appellate Litigation for OSHA (1970-77) at the U.S. Department of Labor. He has served as a legislative aide at the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as Deputy Director (Legal & Policy) of a White House OSHA Reform Task Force. He has been regularly quoted in the environmental press and has published numerous articles in popular, trade and legal journals, including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. From 1989-92 he authored a signed column, “Environmental Trends,” for the Journal of Air & Waste Management. He was vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Values (Administrative Law Section) and the U.S. Air & Waste Management Association’s Committee on U.S. Government Affairs, chaired the latter’s national Committee on Legal/Liability Issues (1996-99), and chaired a major task force of the industry-wide Clean Air Working Group (CAWG) during the three-year effort that produced the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. He served on the national industry CAM/ACE steering committee for Clean Air enforcement/compliance issues, and on an advisory group to the U.S. Small Business Administration on legal issues under the 1996 Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). He has spoken at numerous forums, including annual or special conferences of the Air & Waste Management Association, the ABA’s EPA Speaks, and national teleconferences on energy tax implications.

Mike is admitted to the Supreme Court and eight U.S. Circuit Courts, was awarded a Civil Service Congressional Fellowship, and received EPA’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service. He has been listed in Who’s Who, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Business and Finance. He is a Contributing Editor to BioCycle Magazine.

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