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Todd Palmer is one of the influential forces of the law firm's renowned environmental law practice.

Clients benefit from Mr. Palmer's unique experience as both a lawyer and technical consultant. During the last 19 years, Mr. Palmer has relied on his varied experience to assist clients representing numerous industries, including petroleum refineries, automobile manufacturers, electric utilities, mining companies, defense contractors, aerospace companies, paper manufacturers, printers, construction contractors, agricultural operations, and commercial transporters.

More specifically, Mr. Palmer has focused much of his legal career on Clean Air Act matters. He has helped numerous clients with their efforts to remain in compliance with all aspects of the complex and dynamic Clean Air Act regulatory program. This includes obtaining air emission control permits, planning future activities to minimize the expense of regulation, and the defense of allegations that a company may have violated Clean Air Act requirements.

Mr. Palmer has assisted clients in developing cutting-edge regulatory strategies for their businesses. He has negotiated some of the Second Generation regulatory agreements that exist in Wisconsin pursuant to the states Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program. These innovative agreements have provided his clients with regulatory flexibility to fit their unique business needs while at the same time maintaining the highest environmental standards that keep air and water clean and safe.

Well regarded, Mr. Palmer is often at the table with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other interests to proactively address regulatory issues and, where necessary, develop new programs in the state. He has participated in technical advisory groups that have written many of Wisconsins Clean Air Act regulations in Wisconsin, including the recent New Source Review reforms. On behalf of clients, he has negotiated "Green Tier" agreements with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Palmer has written several chapters in the Second and Third Editions of the Wisconsin Environmental Law Handbook, including the chapter on Clean Air Act regulation, and recently co-authored the latest installment of The Wisconsin Business Advisor Series: Environmental and Real Estate Law, Volume 2, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books.

Mr. Palmer has participated as a panelist in several forums, including a roundtable discussion about Wisconsin's paper industry. The discussion was featured in the magazine Corporate Report Wisconsin.

A frequent lecturer at regulatory and environmental law seminars, Mr. Palmer has been invited to speak to such diverse groups as the American Petroleum Institute, the Federation of Environmental Technologists, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, and a wide range of trade organizations. He frequently conducts in-house seminars for clients, trade groups, and other entities who find themselves affected by the ever-changing Clean Air Act regulatory program.

Due to his work, Mr. Palmer has been named by Madison Magazine to its list of the area's "top lawyers."   He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and has been designated a Wisconsin Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine .


Practice areas


  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 55%
    23 years
  2. Government: 35%
  3. Intellectual Property: 10%

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  • Scott Kenneth Petersen

    I worked with Todd in an air quality litigation matter for a national oil company. Todd is an extremely well-respected and knowledgeable attorney in the area of environmental regulation and his expertise was invaluable in constructing and implementing our client's defense. I know the client very much appreciated not only Todd's expert help in the sometimes-arcane area of regulatory litigation, but also his common-sense approach towards solving some of the problems our client faced.


    Scott Petersen Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

One South Pinckney Street
Ste 700
Madison, WI, 53701-1806


WIGood Standing199203/20/2015
ILNot authorized to practice-Administrative199311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Wisconsin Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
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Top LawyerMadison Magazine2006
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Wisconsin Super lawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
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Top LawyerMadison Magazine2005
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Top lawyerMadison Magazine2004
Outstanding Parent of the YearWisconsin Association of Talented and Gifted2004
Top LawyerMadison Magazine2003
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2003
Top LawyerMadison Magazine2002
Top LawyerMadison Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMichael Best & Friedrich LLP2011 - Present
ShareholderDeWitt Ross & Stevens1997 - Present
AssociateDeWitt Ross & Stevens1992 - 1997
Law ClerkStokes & O/Malley1991 - 1992
Techncial RepresentativePDC, Inc.1986 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wisconsin Association of Talented and GiftedBoard Member2003 - Present
United States Patent and Trademark OfficeAttorney1999 - Present
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionMember1998 - 2008
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisN/A1998 - Present
United States Court of appeals for the Seventh CircuitMember1997 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WisconsinMember1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WisconsinMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemeber1992 - 2008
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1992 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Michigan, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, 213 F.3d 663 (D.C. Cir. 2000)Successful
Village of Oconomowoc v. Dayton Hudson Corporation, et al., 24 F.3d 962 (7th Cir. 1994)Successful
United States v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. 143, F. Supp. 2d 1054 (W.D. Wis. 2001)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of Wisconsin, Inside TrackEPA Takes Historic First Step Toward Comprehensive Climate Change Regulation2009
Wisconsin State Bar CLE BookThe Wisconsin Business Advisor Series: Environmental and Real Estate Law, Volume 2,2007
ABA SONREELThe Year in Review - Contribuitng Author2007
ABA SONREELThe Year in Review - Contribuitng Author2006
Wisconsin Environmental Law HandbookContributing Author2005
State Bar of Wisconsin, Agricultural/Agribusiness Law SectionLivestock Producers Must Evaluate Benefits and Risks of EPA Consent Decree2005
The Complete Handbook of Investigations and Privacy RightsContributing Author2005
ABA SONREELEPA's Latest EMS Pollicy Provides opportunites for Innovative Organizations2004
Wisconsin Environmental Law HandbookClean Air Act Chapter1995
Environmental Regulatory Handbook - AGC WisconsinContributing Author1995
Environmental Law Bulletin - State Bar of WisconsinWisconsin Air Operating Permit Program1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Louis Univ School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Southern Illinois University N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Friend of the EnvironmentClimate Change Regulation and Policy2011
Air and Waste Management Association - Annual ConferenceShould Congress Amend the Clean Air Act?2009
Implementing Cost Effective Energy Recovery Systems at Food, Dairy and Meat Processing FacilitiesSiting Issues2008
Biomass EnergyIndustrial Use of Biomass Energy Resources2006
Annual Environmental Law SeminarClean Air Act Developments2004
Masters of Business Adminstration ProgramGuest Lecturer on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business Practices2003
American Petroleum Institute - Annual National ConferenceEPA's New Source Review Enforcement Initiative Against Petroleum Refineries2000
Annual Environmental Law SeminarClean Air Act Developments1995
Annual Environmental Law SeminarClean Air Act Regulation1994
Annual Environmental Law SeminarAir Regulation Developments1993