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