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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, policy and litigation matters involving private and public sector clients. He has experience in site remediation (specializing in multiparty cleanup projects involving large-scale engineering and construction efforts); facility audits; spill reporting; facility closure and redevelopment projects; air emission requirements (especially engine testing and coating); wastewater regulation; underground storage tanks; waste management; TSCA reporting; business and property sales and leases; lobbying on proposed legislation and rulemaking; contracting for environmental services, materials and equipment; and government enforcement, cost recovery and natural resource damage claims.


  • Agency Dealings
    Negotiated permits, administrative agreements and judicial consent orders with Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, U.S. EPA and OSHA on air, wastewater, solid/hazardous waste, cleanup and health/safety matters.
  • 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 dealings with agencies.
  • Policy
    Registered lobbyist. Testified before Michigan Senate; negotiated legislation and regulation with legislative and administrative personnel; participate in industry stakeholder groups; and prepared position papers on various environmental initiatives, legislation and regulation.
  • 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.
  • Contracting
    Procuring, drafting contracts and negotiating disputes, change orders and claims for environmental consulting services; regulated materials; pollution control equipment; supply chain certification, warranties and indemnifications; and remedial construction, operation and maintenance work.

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

Named as "Lawyer of the Year" in Environmental Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2019. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2010-Present. 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, 2012-2018

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

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Environmental, Environmental Litigation, and Lobbying, 2006-Present

Top Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, 2010-2018

Area's Top Lawyers, Crains Detroit Business, 2010-2018