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Michael P. Petrovich

With three decades of experience in environmental law, Mike represents a variety of industrial clients, primarily focused on solid and hazardous waste, property and groundwater contamination, environmental due diligence, Brownfield Redevelopment, and related regulatory matters.
Throughout his career, Mike has been involved in most of the legislative, rule, and policy changes to Florida’s regulatory programs in these areas. Mike routinely assists clients on environmental regulatory compliance issues, permitting, and defense of enforcement actions brought by various environmental agencies. Mike spent the majority of his formative years in Tallahassee, Florida. As a former high school and collegiate athlete, he continues to be an avid sports enthusiast and fan with particular passion for following Indiana University and Florida State University athletics.
Education
  • Florida State University, J.D., with honors
  • Indiana University, B.A., Economics
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court (Middle District of Florida)
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association (Administrative Law Section, Environmental and Land Use Law Section)
  • Florida Association for Water Quality Control, Inc.
  • Florida Brownfields Association
Community Involvement
  • Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Environmental Law, 2005-2021 editions
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2012, 2014 editions
  • Listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” 2006, 2012 editions
  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2009-2015 editions
  • Achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
Legal Experience
30 years of experience in environmental law, specializing in solid and hazardous waste, property and groundwater contamination, environmental due diligence, Brownfield redevelopment and related regulatory matters.
Experience with federal and Florida environmental statutes, rules, and regulations, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste, property and groundwater contamination, and Brownfield redevelopment matters.
Represents clients before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Florida Legislature on solid and hazardous waste and property and groundwater contamination matters and other related environmental issues.
Since 1995, has represented clients before the Florida Legislature regarding solid and hazardous waste, contamination cleanup, and related statutes.
Experience with enforcement cases involving alleged violations of federal and Florida Department of Environmental Protection solid and hazardous waste statutes and regulations.
Participated in the majority of solid and hazardous waste, contamination cleanup, and related rule developments in Florida since 1994.
Experience with utility, manufacturing, and mining industries’ solid and hazardous waste issues.
Publications & Presentations
Risk-Based Corrective Action in Florida; How is it Working?, Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (January 2015) (co-author)
More Flexible Cleanup in Florida: RCRA Corrective Action Reforms, Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (March 2003) (co-author)
Groundwater Quality Protection: An Overview, Groundwater, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise (co-author)
Transportation of Hazardous Materials, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise (co-author)
Significant Transactions
Assisted large mining and chemical manufacturing concern on environmental due diligence and related transactional matters in successful sale of its Florida assets.
Represented large chemical manufacturing client in successful resolution of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allegations brought as part of high priority, multi-year agency national enforcement initiative.
In the News
Aug 20, 2020
Hopping Green & Sams attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021
Michael Petrovich mentioned
Aug 26, 2019
Florida Investigating Potential Sources of PFAS
by Michael Petrovich
Aug 15, 2019
HGS attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
Michael Petrovich mentioned
Jul 15, 2019
Twelve HGS Attorneys among Environmental Permitting Summer School Faculty
Michael Petrovich mentioned
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