Mike is a partner with Spencer Fane where he is a member of its Environmental Law practice group. Mike's practice concentrates on environmental law, with an emphasis on environmental issues affecting manufacturing and distribution facilities, regulatory permitting and compliance, endangered species issues, wetlands permitting and enforcement, and enforcement proceedings in general. Mike also specializes in all aspects of military base closure law and the transfer of federal property to the private sector.
Mike is the national environmental counsel for a global manufacturer and distributor of household, health and personal care products. In that capacity, Mike advises the company on all aspects of environmental law for its 10 North American facilities, including compliance, permitting and enforcement proceedings.
Mike has represented clients in a variety of wetlands matters, ranging from the permitting of a large, complex redevelopment project involving public-private partnerships, to representing individual landowners in wetland permitting and enforcement proceedings. With regard to endangered species matters, Mike negotiated a complex endangered species management plan with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The management plan balanced the needs of the client with the protection of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and its habitat.
Mike also represents local governments and private entities in the transfer of former military bases. Prior to joining Spencer Fane, Mike was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and served as a senior base closure attorney. In that role, he provided legal advice concerning the redevelopment of former military property at 20 military bases across the country. He participated in a wide variety of base closure actions, including economic development conveyances, interim lease negotiations, guaranteed fixed price remediation contracts, environmental insurance requirements, and voluntary cleanup programs at the state level. Mike is a member of the Kansas, Missouri and Colorado bars.
Mike graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1979 and the University of Colorado School of Law in 1986. He was selected by the Army to pursue his Masters in Environmental Law at George Washington University, and graduated with highest honors in 1996.
Mike frequently writes and speaks to a wide variety of audiences on environmental law and military base closure topics.