Eric R. Gielow
(231) 794-2406
eric@ggtmlaw.com

Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. 1981, cum laude; Member – Cooley Law Review

Western Michigan University, B.A. 1977, summa cum laude

Memberships

State Bar of Michigan – Environmental Law Section

American Bar Association – Environment, Energy & Resources Section

Active in the community, serving on numerous organizations and community events including the Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon Rotary, and the Muskegon County Environmental Coordinating Council.

Eric concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and business transactions with environmental implications, regulatory counseling, Brownfield redevelopment, remediation planning and implementation, underground storage tank cleanups, insurance claims and cost recovery.

Experience

With a wealth of experience in litigation, Eric has a unique perspective on transactional work. He has litigated matters in state and federal courts and understands the role of advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution in business, real estate and administrative proceedings. He has effectively represented a number of clients in the petroleum industry and has a working knowledge of the unique problems confronting this industry.

Sample Projects

  • Assisted developer with the redevelopment of 1,000,000-square-foot industrial complex into residential “loft style” condominium units. Project involved IRDC plan, brownfield financing, asbestos and lead paint abatement, resulting in an agreement with MDEQ to allow residential use of property subject to industrial closure.
  • Assisted developer with 34-acre redevelopment of former industrial property, including brownfield financing, environmental due diligence, due care activities, negotiation with responsible parties, environmental regulators and local officials.
  • Represented large PRP Group in contribution action resulting in favorable settlement of cleanup liability on Superfund site.
  • Represented fruit producer in the defense of wetlands enforcement action involving 300-acre tract in Upper Peninsula.
  • Assisted developers and industrial sector buyers in the marketing, sale, purchase, and due diligence involving Brownfield Business Tax Credits.
  • Represented numerous owners of sites with leaking underground storage tanks regarding cleanup, cost recovery and underground storage tank insurance claims.
  • Assisted large mall developer in addressing environmental due diligence and response activities to facilitate purchase of mall property.
  • Represented companies in merger and acquisitions of industrial facilities in several different states with multiple environmental challenges.
  • Assisted commercial condominium developers with unique issues associated with development of commercial and industrial condominium projects on contaminated land.
  • Assisted municipalities in drafting groundwater use ordinances to protect public health and safety.
  • Represented importer with claims related to product contamination from Chinese goods.
  • Represented owners in release reporting and emergency response.
  • Assisted commercial landlords and tenants with environmental concerns arising from leases of environmentally challenged land.
  • Represented numerous industries in remedial action plans, response activity and removal actions arising from regulatory obligations to address released hazardous substances.
  • Represented new owner of intrastate petroleum pipeline to address historical spills and leaks from system.
  • Represented large petroleum distributor with purchase of local and out-of-state facilities.

Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. 1981, cum laude; Member – Cooley Law Review

Western Michigan University, B.A. 1977, summa cum laude

Memberships

State Bar of Michigan – Environmental Law Section

American Bar Association – Environment, Energy & Resources Section

Active in the community, serving on numerous organizations and community events including the Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon Rotary, and the Muskegon County Environmental Coordinating Council.

Recent News

New MUSTA Legislation Enacted
Posted on October 27, 2017
House Bill 4583 was recently signed into law by Governor Snyder.  This Bill creates the “Legacy Release Program”, establishes new options to demonstrate financial responsibility for cleanup fund deductibles, and provides for reimbursement of local units of government (LUG) for certain corrective action costs. The highlights of HB 4583 (now referred to as Public Act 134 of 2017) are outlined below: The Legacy Release Program is created and will be administered by the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA). The intent is to provide a mechanism to aid in the completion of corrective actions and to close out “old”... MORE
Scott Timmer Elected to Serve on Council
Posted on August 4, 2017
GGTM is proud to announce that our own J. Scott Timmer was elected by his peers to serve on the Council for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan at the Section’s annual meeting on July 21, 2017.  The Council term is three years. Scott has been an active member of the Real Property Law Section for a number of years. Scott served as a co-chair for the Section’s Summer Conference for 2015 and 2016. Scott currently chairs the Section’s “Homeward Bound” seminars and acts as the coordinator for the Section’s Residential Transactions and Finance... MORE
GGTM Law Celebrates Its 5-Year Anniversary
Posted on April 18, 2017
Today marks a significant milestone for GGTM.  We opened the doors on April 18, 2012 and have been going strong ever since.  Thanks to all our loyal clients, families and supporters who have made the Firm a success!... MORE
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