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Michael C. Haines' practice includes the general representation of established and emerging energy and natural resources companies in Michigan. He provides legal and practical advice on contract matters, leases, unitization, transportation, regulatory, legislative and other matters, including acquisitions and dispositions of assets. He serves as legislative counsel for an oil and gas exploration and production association and has represented gas utility companies in municipal rate proceedings. Mike is also Michigan counsel for a large spring water company established in Michigan. In this connection, he developed and implemented legal strategies for extensive acquisition of land and water rights, pipeline rights-of-way and addressed numerous regulatory and permitting issues.

  • 900 Monroe Avenue, NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • University of Michigan, Juris Doctorate, graduated 1974
  • University of Michigan, A.B., graduated 1971
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Oil & Gas Association - Chairman of Legal Legislative Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Oil and Gas Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Oil and Gas Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Oil and Gas Law, Grand Rapids (2023)
  • Oil and Gas Law, Grand Rapids (2012)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Water Law
Special Focus:
  • Contract
  • Gas
  • Minerals
  • Pipeline
  • Regulatory
  • Water
  • Best Lawyers' Grand Rapids Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America


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