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.
? 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