Eric R. Gielow
(231) 747-7160 Ext. 106
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

Michigan Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Amended – Elimination of Buy-Downs for Small UST Owners and Retroactive Reduction in Deductibles
Posted on January 3, 2017
2016 closed out with some good news for underground storage tank (UST) owners in Michigan. On December 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed House Bill 5599 into law (PA 380 of 2016), amending UST corrective action funding provisions of Part 215 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), 1994 PA 451, as amended. The most significant impact of this amendment is two-fold: the lowering of deductibles (from $50,000 to $10,000 per claim for owners/operators of eight or more USTs, and from $50,000 to $2,000 per claim for UST owners/operators of seven or fewer USTs). Further, these lower deductible... MORE
Happy Holidays!
Posted on December 22, 2016
GGTM Law is spreading joy this holiday season with the help of the Mona Shores Choir. Please enjoy viewing our Christmas card while listening to this beautiful arrangement of a Christmas classic sung by the Mona Shores Choir. Wishing each of you Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!... MORE
Non-Competes Between Commercial Ventures to be Assessed Under Rule of Reason
Posted on July 18, 2016
In Innovation Ventures v Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, Michigan Supreme Court Docket No. 150591 (decided July 14, 2016), the Michigan Supreme Court considered whether the validity of a covenant not to compete should be determined by looking at the factors provided in MCL 445.774a or by using the “rule of reason” analysis. MCL 445.774a sets forth factors for a court to consider in analyzing covenants not to compete in an employer-employee context. The covenant not to compete considered in this case, however, was in a written agreement between two businesses. The statutory factors include the following: (1) duration of the... MORE
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