John V. Byl - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
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John V. Byl

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 616-752-2149

John Byl has extensive experience in redevelopment financial incentives, air compliance and permits, CERCLA and state mini-Superfund matters, underground storage tank issues and other regulatory and enforcement matters. John is co-chair of the Firm's Economic Incentives Group and Chair of the Michigan Chapter of the National Brownfield Association.


Representative Experience

?      Successfully pursued and administered numerous redevelopment financial incentives, including brownfield redevelopment grants, site reclamation grants, tax increment financing, single business tax credits, brownfield revitalization loans and waterfront grants; including the largest brownfield project in the state. Clients have received benefits totaling over $500 million.

?      Responsible for the management and handling of major, complex CERCLA litigation involving numerous novel legal issues relating to a Superfund site with an estimated cleanup cost of $100 million. Litigation and subsequent appeals occurred over a ten-year period, and included a four-week trial in the Western District of Michigan in1991 and a hearing before the United States Supreme Court in 1998. Favorable decisions were issued by the Sixth Circuit in 1995 and 1997. A decision was issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 1998. The U.S. Supreme Court decision, U.S. v Bestfoods, is the controlling decision on CERCLA liability of shareholders, officers and directors, including parent corporations. This was one of the few CERCLA cases that has gone through trial


Honors and Awards

?      Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2006-2010

?      Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2008-2009

?      Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2008

University of MichiganJ.D. 1983Hope CollegeBA 1980

Client Comments

"John Byl is an excellent lawyer. He can quickly grasp an environmental legal issue, but just as important, he is able to understand the practical and business implication of the specific matter."

-Chris Conley

"John Byl provides sophisticated counsel on environmental matters, particularly CERCLA matters, at a small firm legal rate. He is a great value. "

-William Hvidsten
Senior Counsel, Environmental
Aerojet-General Corporation

Office Location

Fifth Third Center, Suite 900
111 Lyon Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2011 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Grand Rapids Metro Area
John V. Byl has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Air Quality, Brownfield Development, Enforcement Defense, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Permitting, Solid Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation)