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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 .
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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
|IL||Not authorized to practice-Administrative||1993||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers In America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2008|
|Wisconsin Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Wisconsin Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2007|
|Top Lawyer||Madison Magazine||2006|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2006|
|Wisconsin Super lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2005|
|Top Lawyer||Madison Magazine||2005|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2004|
|Top lawyer||Madison Magazine||2004|
|Outstanding Parent of the Year||Wisconsin Association of Talented and Gifted||2004|
|Top Lawyer||Madison Magazine||2003|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2003|
|Top Lawyer||Madison Magazine||2002|
|Top Lawyer||Madison Magazine||2001|
|Partner||Michael Best & Friedrich LLP||2011 - Present|
|Shareholder||DeWitt Ross & Stevens||1997 - Present|
|Associate||DeWitt Ross & Stevens||1992 - 1997|
|Law Clerk||Stokes & O/Malley||1991 - 1992|
|Techncial Representative||PDC, Inc.||1986 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Wisconsin Association of Talented and Gifted||Board Member||2003 - Present|
|United States Patent and Trademark Office||Attorney||1999 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section||Member||1998 - 2008|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois||N/A||1998 - Present|
|United States Court of appeals for the Seventh Circuit||Member||1997 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin||Member||1994 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin||Member||1994 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Memeber||1992 - 2008|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||Member||1992 - 2008|
|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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|State Bar of Wisconsin, Inside Track||EPA Takes Historic First Step Toward Comprehensive Climate Change Regulation||2009|
|Wisconsin State Bar CLE Book||The Wisconsin Business Advisor Series: Environmental and Real Estate Law, Volume 2,||2007|
|ABA SONREEL||The Year in Review - Contribuitng Author||2007|
|ABA SONREEL||The Year in Review - Contribuitng Author||2006|
|Wisconsin Environmental Law Handbook||Contributing Author||2005|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Agricultural/Agribusiness Law Section||Livestock Producers Must Evaluate Benefits and Risks of EPA Consent Decree||2005|
|The Complete Handbook of Investigations and Privacy Rights||Contributing Author||2005|
|ABA SONREEL||EPA's Latest EMS Pollicy Provides opportunites for Innovative Organizations||2004|
|Wisconsin Environmental Law Handbook||Clean Air Act Chapter||1995|
|Environmental Regulatory Handbook - AGC Wisconsin||Contributing Author||1995|
|Environmental Law Bulletin - State Bar of Wisconsin||Wisconsin Air Operating Permit Program||1993|
|St Louis Univ School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Southern Illinois University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|Business Friend of the Environment||Climate Change Regulation and Policy||2011|
|Air and Waste Management Association - Annual Conference||Should Congress Amend the Clean Air Act?||2009|
|Implementing Cost Effective Energy Recovery Systems at Food, Dairy and Meat Processing Facilities||Siting Issues||2008|
|Biomass Energy||Industrial Use of Biomass Energy Resources||2006|
|Annual Environmental Law Seminar||Clean Air Act Developments||2004|
|Masters of Business Adminstration Program||Guest Lecturer on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business Practices||2003|
|American Petroleum Institute - Annual National Conference||EPA's New Source Review Enforcement Initiative Against Petroleum Refineries||2000|
|Annual Environmental Law Seminar||Clean Air Act Developments||1995|
|Annual Environmental Law Seminar||Clean Air Act Regulation||1994|
|Annual Environmental Law Seminar||Air Regulation Developments||1993|