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Douglas A. Donnell

Douglas A. Donnell graduated magna cum laude from Miami University with a bachelor's degree in Economics and received his law degree with honors from Boston College Law School. Doug specializes in environmental law and commercial litigation and has represented both public and private sector clients and individuals in these areas since 1979. He is a member of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association and the Environmental Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association. Doug has been a frequent speaker at seminars and continuing education programs on a variety of environmental law and litigation topics and has been asked to participate in the legislative process of drafting several of Michigan's environmental statutes. He has also served as lead counsel in numerous cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court. Doug has been recognized for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers, and was named by Best Lawyers as Grand Rapids' 2012 and 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation based on peer reviews. He was also awarded the Grand Rapids Business Journal Legal Newsmaker of the Year for 2015.

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Year Joined Organization

1981

Areas of Practice

Environmental Law
Toxic Tort Claims
Litigation & Appeals
Water Rights

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1981
Wisconsin, 1979
Ohio, 2000
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1979
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1981
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2007
U.S. Supreme Court, 2012

Education

Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1979
Honors: Cum Laude

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1976
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

Listed in the Best Lawyers in America and named by Best Lawyers in 2012 and 2016 as Grand Rapids' Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers

Selected as a Leading Lawyer

Awarded the Grand Rapids Business Journal Legal Newsmaker of the Year for 2015

Recent Rulings

Michigan Lawyers Weekly May 2, 2011 Article - Judge: Bank breached good faith

Published Works

Numerous articles on a variety of environmental law topics

Classes/Seminars Taught

Numerous courses on Environmental Law and Litigation Topics

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section
Member

American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
Member

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