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Michael B. Gardner

Of Counsel


  • Advises clients on general business, environmental, regulatory affairs and other compliance issues
  • Experienced in all Federal environmental laws and multiple-state analog programs (especially Ohio)
  • Experienced, in-house counsel to senior management and board of directors in operations, sales, corporate finance, human resources, health & safety, risk management, internal investigations, due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and litigation management (civil/criminal)


  • Served as General Counsel to the largest surface coal mining company in Ohio, a master limited partnership, publicly-traded on the NYSE
  • Served as Associate General Counsel of the largest independently-owned coal mining company in the United States
  • Worked as an mine inspector with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Memberships & Associations

  • American Corporate Counsel Association, Northeast Ohio Chapter
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Hospice of the Western Reserve, volunteer attorney
  • Cleveland Municipal School District, My Mentor My Friend Program
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Brief Advice and Referral Clinics
  • Leadership Geauga (Class of 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio Supreme Court (and all state courts in Ohio)
  • US District Court of Ohio (Northern and Southern Districts)
  • US Court of Appeals (6th Circuit)
  • US Tax Court


  • Ohio University, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Biology (Botany emphasis), 1977
  • Ashland University, Masters of Business Administration, Executive Management, 1985
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, JD, 1993