Stoel Rives LLP
Michael N. Mills is an experienced environmental lawyer who represents his clients in complex regulatory, compliance and litigation matters. His scientific background in environmental toxicology, as well as his contacts within California’s state regulatory agencies, make him ideally suited to provide effective and practical solutions to environmental and regulatory challenges that his clients confront.
Mike is a former co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group, and his deep connections within California’s oil and gas industry span nearly two decades. Oil and gas clients appreciate Mike’s experience navigating the challenging regulatory environment in which they operate, and Mike knows the major players and decision-makers in California’s oil and gas industry. This unique repository of experience allows Mike to offer valuable business counsel to oil and gas companies in California.
Oil and gas operators, as well as mining companies, look to Mike to skillfully advise them on natural resources development issues, counsel them on federal and state hazardous waste cleanup matters, and help them successfully navigate property tax valuation disputes. When necessary to protect his clients’ interests, Mike relies on his understanding of complex regulatory matters and his clients’ businesses to defend them in environmental litigation, defeat citizen suit claims, and reduce or eliminate fines and penalties.