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Mikalonis appointed vice chair of national legal organization

11.22.2010

Plunkett Cooney senior environmental attorney and noted “green” blogger Saulius K. Mikalonis has been appointed Vice Chair for the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee.

The Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee is the leading forum for attorneys engaged in the national and international regulatory and legal aspects of climate change. The committee strives to raise awareness of sustainability concepts and to integrate sustainability thinking across all environmental practice areas. Committee members also work with other section committees to explore ecosystem-based approaches to environmental protection and regulation. As vice chair, Mikalonis’ one-year term includes the responsibilities of promoting, maintaining and developing membership for the practice group and enhancing the value received by members.

As a member of the Plunkett Cooney’s Energy Industry and Corporate/Transactional practice groups, Mikalonis practices primarily in the areas of environmental, natural resources and energy law with particular emphasis on greenhouse gases, renewable energy and green building/LEED.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Mikalonis represents clients in commercial and real estate transactions involving the development of environmentally sensitive and Brownfield sites and due diligence in complex transactions, including the identification, allocation and reduction of environmental risks.

Mikalonis, who is the author of MLive.com’s The Green Blawg, has published extensively on environmental law and green topics, is a frequent speaker on these topics for professional and business organizations, and currently teaches the "Sustainable Development Law and Policy" course at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He received his law degree from the University of Oregon Law School in 1986 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1980.

Admitted to practice in Michigan, the District of Columbia and Michigan federal courts, Mikalonis is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Section, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 160 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation defense services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and is also listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2010.                                       

For more information about Saulius K. Mikalonis’ appointment as the American Bar Association’s vice chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee, contact the firm’s Practice Development Manager John E. Cornwell at (248) 901-4008.

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