Michael Dobbs

Partner at
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

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Micheal Dobbs has nearly two decades of experience in commercial, environmental and tort litigation matters, with an emphasis on environmental litigation and regulatory matters. He has served in leading roles in some of the largest and most complex environmental litigation matters in the country, and has been at the forefront of contaminated waterway issues. Micheal represents clients in a wide range of other environmental matters, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Oil Pollution Act, the Clean Water Act and property-damage claims. In addition, he has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including matters involving condemnation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and contract interpretation.

Micheal also spends significant time resolving real estate and environmental regulatory matters, including negotiating and facilitating the purchase, sale, lease and cleanup of environmentally impacted properties. In connection with these transactional matters, Micheal provides particular expertise in property transfer issues, easement and leasehold negotiations, indemnity protections and the negotiation and administration of property cleanup and remediation agreements. He also handles environmental regulatory matters before state and federal agencies.

Micheal has resolved environmental claims valued into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Micheal serves as special counsel to the Attorney General of the state of New Jersey in pursuing remediation costs, economic damages and natural resource damages associated with the dioxin contamination of the Passaic River and Newark Bay. This decade-long litigation settled for $355 million in costs and damages, including $67.5 million in restoration projects, and up to an additional $400 million for future remediation costs. Micheal also represented the Port of Houston Authority in litigation against a neighboring pesticide plant for releases of hazardous substances into the adjacent property and navigable waters. The port obtained a settlement valued at $100 million, which the National Law Journal named as one of the ten most significant settlements in Texas that year. 


Micheal Dobbs is also an Eagle Scout and is active in the Boy Scouts of America.

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