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Mark D. Jacobs Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1988


University of Detroit, J.D., summa cum laude

University of Michigan, M.P.H.

University of Michigan, A.B.

Mark D. Jacobs' practice focuses primarily on environmental permitting, compliance and regulation, administrative law and regulation, environmental aspects of business transactions, and environmental litigation.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Jacobs had many years of technical experience, working for an environmental consulting firm and a hazardous waste disposal and recycling company.


Mark Jacobs has a broad and diverse environmental practice consistent with the wide range of environmental needs presented by Dykema's expansive client base. He has significant experience in the following areas:

  • Negotiating, allocating and resolving environmental risk in commercial and real estate transactions. Mr. Jacobs has been highly effective in advising a diverse base of clients on managing environmental risks in a wide range of transactional matters, from due diligence through closing, including large real estate transactions, financing and securities transactions (representing both lenders and borrowers), and asset, stock and merger transactions.
  • Environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement. Consulting with both public and private sector clients on negotiating and obtaining permits under clean air, clean water (including wetlands), and solid and hazardous waste laws. Negotiating and resolving enforcement actions under most state and federal environmental laws, including landfill closures, clean air, clean water, hazardous waste and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) law violations. He has established an excellent reputation and effective working relationship with environmental regulatory authorities, particularly in the State of Michigan and Region 5 EPA.
  • Contaminated property cleanup, reuse and redevelopment. Representation has included assisting clients in achieving cost-effective risk based cleanups of environmentally impaired properties, developing property reuse strategies, and assisting clients in obtaining millions of dollars in state and local funding for brownfield redevelopment projects.

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Memberships & Involvement

  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law and Administrative Law Sections
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Environmental Law and Administrative Law Sections
  • Michigan Water Environment Association

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Environmental, Utilities, and Administrative Law, 2006-2007 and 2009-Present

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law, 2012-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Energy, Environmental, and Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Environmental Law, 2010, 2012-2018

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell