AnnMarie Sanford

Member

AnnMarie Sanford, a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office, is primarily engaged in environmental remediation, regulatory issues and counseling clients regarding compliance with federal and state chemical regulations. For several clients that do not have in-house environmental counsel, Ms. Sanford works closely with in-house general counsels and environmental health and safety managers advising on environmental issues ranging from routine to complex. Before attending law school, she earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. She also is one of the few attorneys who passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s exam to qualify as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

Since 1990, Ms. Sanford has represented clients at Superfund sites throughout the United States, Michigan Part 201 sites and sites under other state cleanup programs. Throughout her career, she has integrated her scientific technical knowledge into her practice to achieve favorable outcomes for clients. She also has counselled clients regarding PFAS issues, RCRA and chemicals regulations. She has specific experience in overseeing due diligence and environmental site assessments in conjunction with real estate and corporate transactions. Ms. Sanford has advised clients in connection with natural resource damage claims by state and federal trustees and the availability of Great Lakes Legacy Act funding for watercourse remediation projects. Ms. Sanford also has counseled clients regarding corporate officer and director liability in the environmental context as well as corporate shareholder liability. She has defended companies in cost recovery actions brought by federal and state governments and has advised clients on appropriate responses to unilateral cleanup orders issued by EPA. Ms. Sanford has represented companies in private cost recovery actions and negotiated numerous agreements with other potentially responsible parties and with EPA and state agencies. She also has counseled clients regarding compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, TSCA, FIFRA, California Proposition 65, and the California Safer Consumer Products regulations.

Education & Credentials

Education

Wayne State University

BSChE, Chemical Engineering, 1986

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 1990

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Acknowledgements

  • Acritas Stars Stand-Out Lawyer 

Prominent Assignments

  • Represented a manufacturing client at its own Superfund site in investigating and remediating significant and widespread historical groundwater contamination; this matter has included negotiation of several consent decrees for different phases of the work
  • Represent a PRP group of manufacturing companies regarding the cleanup of hazardous waste at a Michigan mini-Superfund law (Michigan Part 201) site; this matter has involved extensive negotiation with Michigan EGLE regarding appropriate investigation methodologies
  • Represent clients negotiating consent decrees and administrative orders with federal and state agencies
  • Advise clients on PFAS liability issues and new state and federal regulation of PFAS
  • Respond to California Proposition 65 Notices and negotiated numerous settlements
  • Develop California Proposition 65 compliance programs for various companies with supply chains ranging from simple to complex
  • Represent several PRP groups in Superfund litigation and administrative matters
  • Counseled a client concerning CERCLA exemptions for scrap recycling
  • Represented a major utility in cleanups at its former manufactured gas plant sites
  • Developed public relations strategies for several clients in response to contamination that migrated off each client’s property
  • Counsel a steel company in connection with RCRA Corrective Action matters, including investigation of multiple hazardous waste management units and convincing the agency to accept a monitoring only remedial action
  • Represented clients on several Great Lakes Legacy Act projects
  • Advise clients regarding regulation of chemicals in consumer products
  • Advise clients regarding TSCA issues
  • Advise clients regarding FIFRA compliance

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Environmental Law Section, Past Chair of the Membership Committee and Past Chair of the Hazardous Substances and Brownfields Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Member of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Community Involvement

  • Member of the board of directors of Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, a Detroit nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders that work to improve the environment and economy of Southwest Detroit.
  • Former member of the board of directors of the EcoWorks, a Detroit nonprofit organization that promotes the development of resource efficient, affordable, healthy homes and communities through education, training and technical assistance.
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