December 18, 2018

Michael H. Elam

Michael H. Elam is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Environmental Law Department, Global Services Practice Group and Federal Relations Practice Group.

Mr. Elam brings more than 30 years of experience in environment, energy, and natural resource law, policy, and risk management to the firm. Mr. Elam focuses his practice on securing permits, approvals and complex agreements related to the development, remediation and financing of environmentally challenged or controversial projects often involving sensitive water bodies or sources. He represents clients in complex litigation and enforcement actions and is well known for securing creative and cutting-edge settlements for his clients, particularly with respect to infrastructure or energy-related projects. He has significant experience with investigations and cleanups, as well as with risk avoidance, risk allocation and dispute resolution, including negotiations, ADR and litigation. Mr. Elam is also highly effective in working with federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as representing private-sector clients seeking to secure approvals and financing for sensitive development projects or to resolve significant environmental claims.

Mr. Elam's work involves virtually all aspects of acquiring, selling, developing, financing and leasing of properties, businesses or projects, and particularly areas that have environmental, water or energy concerns, or complicated funding and sensitive public relations and political issues including international projects in conflict zones and politically sensitive areas. He has counseled clients and coordinated teams addressing the siting, permitting, construction, sale and financing of gas, coal and wind generation facilities, transmission lines, refineries, pipelines, and transportation infrastructure projects in the U.S. and internationally.​

Articles in the National Law Review database by Michael H. Elam

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