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Grant P. Gilezan Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1989

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


University of Michigan, J.D.

University of Michigan, A.B.

  • with honors

Grant P. Gilezan serves as Leader of Dykema's Environmental Law Practice Group. His environmental practice focuses on regulatory, transactional, contracting and litigation matters involving private and public sector clients. He has experience in cleanups; underground storage tanks; waste management; air emission (especially engine testing); water discharge; wetland and property use requirements; contracting for environmental services, materials and equipment; facility closures and brownfield projects; business and property sales and leases; foreign investment in the United States; cost recovery litigation; environmental management and health/safety systems; facility audits; natural resource damage claims; multiparty cleanup projects involving large-scale engineering and construction efforts; European Union REACH and "end-of-life-cycle" requirements; domestic and international e-waste requirements; sustainability and the representation of manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive and oil industries.


  • Agency Dealings
    Negotiated with Michigan, Indiana and U.S. EPA Regions regarding enforcement claims and permits for cost recovery, natural resource damage, waste management, wetland, surface water, underground storage tank, remedial action, air emission, spills and reporting.
  • Risk Management
    Anticipating environmental trends and counseling on management strategies to integrate requirements on a proactive basis to minimize risks and operating costs, avoid enforcement and facilitate permitting, including experience on facility audits, site closure, sustainability, brownfield, underground storage tank, waste management, air emission, hazardous site, water discharge, property use requirements and domestic and international chemical import/export, vehicle waste and e-waste requirements.
  • Policy
    Registered lobbyist. Testified before Michigan Senate Subcommittee on UST cleanup program issues; prepared position papers on various environmental initiatives for use in lobbying, including positions on Michigan's cleanup requirements, UST corrective action program, environmental justice policy and a "white paper" for the domestic automotive industry on international competitive issues associated with air quality regulations.
  • Transactions
    Handling due diligence matters and drafting provisions to address environmental aspects of property and business sales (asset and stock), leases, divestitures and mergers throughout the United States, involving hospitals, industrial companies, commercial structures, municipal properties, small businesses and brownfields.
  • Remedial Projects
    Counseling individual and groups of industrial companies on matters involving the design and construction of multimillion dollar site cleanup projects, including principal responsibility for budget, procurement, contract personnel and disputes, daily operations and communications with agencies.
  • Contracting
    Procuring, drafting contracts and negotiating disputes, change orders and claims for environmental consulting services, materials, pollution control equipment, EU REACH, "end-of-life-cycle" and domestic/international e-waste reporting, certification, confidentiality and indemnification requirements and remedial construction, operation and maintenance work. Prosecuted breach of contract, malpractice and negligence claims against an engineering/design firm; and defended the interests of a demolition program manager in a multi-million dollar asbestos exposure class action lawsuit (568 plaintiffs).
  • Litigation
    Defended several significant cost recovery, property damage and injunctive relief claims; prevailed in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court on the defense of a several hundred million dollar injunctive relief claim; prevailed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on the defense of a billion dollar property damage claim; prevailed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama and the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on the defense of a multimillion dollar contribution claim; and prosecuted a cost recovery lawsuit, achieving multimillion dollar settlements; prosecuted a petition for access to perform remedial work on properties and appealed agency penalty claims.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, President, 2006-2007; Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference Chair, 2006; Bench and Bar Conference Co-chair, 2002; Executive Board, 1997-2001; Membership Chair, 1997-2000; Judicial Initiative, 2006-present; New Lawyers Seminar Co-chair, 1990-present
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section Of Natural Resources, Energy And Environmental Law, Member

Community/Civic Activities

  • Detroit Regional Chamber Of Commerce, Leadership Detroit, 2003-present; Environmental Policy Committee, Member, 1997-present
  • Michigan Department Of Environmental Quality, Environmental Justice Work Group, Member, 2000-2001
  • City Of Grosse Pointe Woods, Planning Commission, 1996-present; Chair, 1998 and 2012; Community Development Block Grant Commission, Member, 1996-2004
  • St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Vestry, Member, 2002-2005 and 2007-2011; Senior Warden, 2010-2011; Parish Counsel 2008-present
  • Grosse Pointe North High School Girls Varsity Tennis Team Volunteer Assistant Coach, 2009-2012
  • Neighborhood Club Girls Basketball Coach, 2002-2008

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2010-2018. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken SC

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Environmental Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company 

AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2012

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental, 2010-2018

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Environmental, Environmental Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, 2006-Present

Top Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, 2010

Area's Top Lawyers, Crains Detroit Business, 2010

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District Of Michigan Chapter, Distinguished Service Award, President Excellence, 2007; Chapter Excellence for Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2006; Bench and Bar Conference, 2002; New Lawyers Seminar, 2001; Membership, 1999