Michael C. Powell - Gordon Feinblatt LLC

Michael C. Powell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 410-576-4175

For more than a decade, Mr. Powell has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in two practice areas - Environmental Law and Administrative Law - according to a national poll of lawyers performed by Woodward-White. He has also been named a "Maryland Super Lawyer" in each of the annual polls conducted by Law & Politics Magazine - one of only three selected in the field of Environmental Law. Baltimore Magazine designated Mr. Powell as one of the "Top Lawyers in Maryland" in its poll of lawyers and business interests. Mr. Powell has the highest possible rating in Martindale-Hubbell (established by peer review) and was a founding member, and the first elected chairman, of the Environmental Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. Mr. Powell was recognized for his dedication to the practice of law and his community with the 2009 Leadership in the Law award by the Maryland Daily Record.

Michael chairs the Firm's Environmental and Energy Law Practice Group and his practice covers environmental law, energy law and governmental relations. His environmental practice focuses on navigating the environmental permit process, the defense of environmental claims, climate change issues and the remediation of contaminated property. His energy practice includes frequent appearances before the Maryland Public Service Commission, the representation of energy customers and suppliers in regulatory and legislative proceedings and permits for energy projects. His lobbying efforts are typically on behalf of energy suppliers, customers, industrial interests and developers.

Prior to joining Gordon, Feinblatt, Michael served as Principal Counsel to the Maryland Department of the Environment (the chief environmental attorney for the State and the principal advisor to the Attorney General on environmental issues). He also previously served as an Assistant Attorney General advising the State, at various times, on issues involving hazardous wastes, water pollution, solid wastes, radiation control and other environmental and regulatory issues.

University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1979University of VirginiaBA 1976
Maryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund Advisory BoardMaryland Industrial Technology AllianceMaryland Chamber of Commerce

Client Comments

"Michael Powell is an expert in the substantive area of law and he also has his finger on the pulse of the politics and other external factors impacting energy businesses in Maryland."

-Debra Raggio
VP and Assistant General Counsel
GenOn Energry, Inc.

"Michael Powell is widely recognized as the most effective Environmental Law attorney available to the Maryland business community."

-Frank Hertsch
Morris and Ritchie Associates, Inc.

"Michael Powell is a top notch man is his field. He is enjoyable to work with and VERY good."

-John Abrahamson
Purchasing Manager
W.R. Grace

Office Location

The Garrett Building
233 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-3332
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Baltimore Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Baltimore Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Baltimore Metro Area
Michael C. Powell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Michael C. Powell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Michael C. Powell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Counseling, Enforcement Defense, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Permitting, Government Relations, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation)
Litigation - Environmental

Other Information

Gender: Male