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Anna M. Maiuri

Member and Environmental, Energy & Sustainability Practice Group Co-Chair
With more than $2.0 billion in transactions to date, Ms. Maiuri has extensive experience in helping corporations, business owners and operators assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling or leasing assets both across the country and around the world. She is particularly experienced in helping industrial clients assess and remediate various impacted properties—from gasoline and fuel oil to PFAS and PFOA.  Ms. Maiuri is particularly adept at assisting companies and manufacturers achieve regulatory compliance through effective negotiations with governmental regulators that result in cost-effective strategies that fulfill both the client's and the regulator's needs.

Education & Credentials


Wayne State University


Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 1992
  • Assistant Editor, Wayne Law Review, 1991-1992

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Spoken Languages

  • Italian


  • Diversity Journal
    • "Woman Worth Watching," 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Environmental Law, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) 2007-2021
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Environmental Law, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2020-2021
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation, Regulatory, Enforcement, 2014
  • National Law Journal
    • Energy and Environmental Trailblazers Award, 2015
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    • "Women in the Law," Award, 2012
    • 21st Century Innovators," 2009
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®
    • "Top 50 Michigan Women," Environmental, 2006-2021
  • DBusiness Magazine
    • "Top Lawyers," Environmental, 2011, 2012, 2014-2021

Prominent Assignments

“The most important asset an attorney can bring to a client is the ability to decipher the client's true goals and objectives -- sometimes before the client even knows what they are – and then develop a strategy for achieving them.” -Anna M. Maiuri

Anna also has extensive experience in complex matters including developing a strategy to address methane issues at a former municipal landfill, obtaining wetland determinations, and obtaining a remedial action plan approval for installation of a public water system to resolve claims associated with a county landfill. She also had facilitated brownfield redevelopment by serving as the municipality Brownfield Redevelopment Board attorney on several local projects.

Anna was instrumental in breaking a deadlock between the client and regulators that was holding up an environmental remedial action plan. By bringing all the parties together -- in a six-hour marathon meeting -- and persuading everyone that doing what is in the public’s best interest put them all on the same side, she and her team were able to find common ground and develop a strategy to get the plan approved.

In another case, Anna was asked to step in on behalf of a client that was having a difficult time with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) regarding several violations at a particular site. As a result, efforts at remediation were stymied. Although she was not working with that particular site at the time, the client sought Anna’s help to repair the relationship and get remedial efforts back on track. By developing an action list, assigning tasks and developing concrete agendas for meetings with the regulators, she and her team were able to get the vast majority of compliance issues completed within one year, thus avoiding a significant penalty and restoring positive dialogue with the MDEQ.

“My prior experience as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office gives me unique insight into the way government and regulators work – and where the system sometimes fails. My clients benefit because I understand what happens behind the scenes.”

Anna also has extensive experience assisting clients with obtaining air and water discharge permits. 

Professional Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Dickinson Wright Environmental and Energy Group
  • Co-Chair, Dickinson Wright Diversity Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Council 2006-present; Chair 2011-2012; Vice-Chair 2010-2011; Secretary/Treasurer 2009-2010
  • Selected by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to participate in Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative-Groundwater Surface Water Interface Work Group, February/March 2012
  • State Bar Representative Assembly of Michigan, served over six years as an elected 6th Circuit Representative
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Detroit Regional Chamber and Wayne County Economic Development Corporation, China Trade Mission attendee, November 2008 and 2009
  • Detroit Regional Chamber, Leadership Detroit, Class XXVI, 2004-2005
  • Michigan Manufacturers Association, Environmental Law Section, 2010-Present
  • Troy, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Member Board of Directors, 2002-2009; Women's Business Forum
  • Automation Alley, Former Vice Chairperson of the Marketing Committee; Subcommittee on Special Events
  • National Kidney Foundation, Spokesperson and Fundraiser, Host Committee for Annual Kidney Ball 2012, 2015-2018
  • North Star Reach, Board Member, 6 years
  • Organ Procurement Agency of Michigan, Speaker



  • "Diversity-Driven RFPs Can Help Secure your Preferred Outside Firm," (Co-Author J. McKinney), Today's Inside Counsel, June 2015
  • Featured in article on Proposal 3 - Renewable Energy, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, October 15, 2012
  • Featured in Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012 Edition
  • "HOUSE ORGAN: Attorney knows the value of donating to good cause," Motion Magazine, February 28, 2012
  • "New Options, New Needs for Environmental Insurance," (Co-Author), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, May 9, 2011
  • "The Advent of Carbon Credit Trading in Michigan," (Co-Author Mark J. Bennett), Michigan Bar Journal, October 2009 (posted with permission)
  • "21st Century Innovators," (Interview), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, October 14, 2009
  • "Carbon cap and trade made simple: a primer," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, May 4, 2009
  • "Meet the Rainmaker," ABA Law Practice Today, March 2005


  • Speaker, "Environmental Priorities for the New Biden/Harris Administration including Climate Change, Enforcement & Environmental Justice Initiatives; New U.S. EPA Policies & Players, and Impact on Business & Industry in America’s Heartland," Manufacturer's Education Council symposium, March 2021  
  • Presenter, "Back to the Future: Biden’s Plans for Environmental Regulation and How it Affects Your Business," CRE Specialty Interest Group Palooza!, January 2021
  • Presenter, “Back to the Future: Biden’s Plans for Environmental Regulation and How it Affects Your Business,” DW Webinar, January 2021
  • "Recent Environmental Developments Impacting Real Estate Transactions and Commercial/Retail Developments – Is PFAS the next PCB?" Presenter, ICSC, February 28, 2020
  • “PFAS/PFOS:  Emerging Contaminants:  A Primer,” Presentation at a client's plant, April 9, 2019
  • "Clean Air Act Challenge … Best Practices in Obtaining a Major NSR Permit Modification in a Non-Attainment Area and the Required Emissions Offsets," Co-Presenter, Workshop at Michigan Manufacturer’s Education Council’s 28th Annual Sustainability & Environmental, Health and Safety Symposium, March 27, 2019
  • "How Vapor Intrusion and PFAS/PFOS are Changing Environmental Due Diligence and Remedial Options," Co-Presenter, Workshop at Michigan Manufacturer’s Education Council’s 28th Annual Sustainability & Environmental, Health and Safety Symposium, March 27, 2019
  • “Transformational Brownfields” Presentation to Michigan Bar Real Estate Conference, July 20, 2018 with Kelly Martorano
  • "Not All Environmental Due Diligence is Created Equal: How Standard is Standard? Inattention to Details/Changes Threaten Liability Protection", Webinar with August Mack on June 27, 2018 
  • “Trump’s Environmental Policy So Far and the Impact to Banking, Lending and Business” Webinar to the Environmental Bankers Association, September 28, 2017  
  • “Trump’s Environmental Policy Reset and the Impact on Business,” Webinar on April 11, 2017
  • Moderator for “Sustainability Best Practices…Zero Waste Efforts, Trends and Regulations,” 26th Annual Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety Symposium, March 22, 2017
  • “Best Management Practices…Maximizing Value with your Environmental Compliance Audits,” 26th Annual Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety Symposium, March 21, 2017
  • “Interesting Times: Changing Environmental Priorities Under the New Trump Administration,” Serving the Public Attorney Seminar, Continuing Legal Education, Ethics, February 24, 2017
  • “Changes in Brownfield Legislation Coming Soon,” Mission Detroit Event Presentation, October 6, 2016
  • "Challenges for Municipalities and Local Authorities—Administrative and Regulatory Considerations to Plan for During Project Development," Agribusiness Expansion Impacts on Wastewater Utilties, January 27, 2016
  • "Good Environmental Practices Will Give You A's On Your Scorecard!," 15th Annual Great Lakes Women's Business Conference, September 30, 2015
  • "The Brownfield Redevelopment Toolkit: Resources to Help Fund Your Projects in MI, OH, KY, PA and IN," (panelist), International Shopping Centers Conference, March 2, 2015
  • "Today's Environmental Risk Management: New Views, Upgraded Policies & Reduced Costs", (Co-presenter with Sharon Newlon), ASTI Environmental, Oakland Hills Country Club, October 30, 2014
  • "Navigating Environmental Due Diligence in Affordable Housing Transactions," (panelist), Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing Sustainability, Lansing, Michigan, April 13, 2011
  • "Enforcement Mechanisms: How These Tools Can be Used to Encourage Environmental Regulatory Compliance," Anhui Provincial EPA, Division of Environmental Supervision, Hefei, Anhui Province, China, November 13, 2009
  • "Climate Change, Business and the Law: What Business Lawyers Need to Know, Basics of Cap and Trade," (Panelist), State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section, Plymouth, Michigan, April 22, 2009
  • "Status of Environmental Laws in the U.S. and Implementation Procedures,” Hefei University of Technology, Anhui Provincial EPA, Division of Environmental Supervision, Hefei, Anhui Province, China, November 10, 2008
  • "FASB FIN 47 Compliance – Environmental Asset Retirement Obligations," (Co-presenter with Brad Arbuckle), OESA Environment, Health & Safety Council, December 12, 2006
  • "Assessing Environmental Liabilities for Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions to Hazardous Waste Management," Wayne State University Law School Class, Detroit, Michigan, January 17, 2000

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