Emerson is a partner with the firm, and he focuses his practice on real estate and property, including commercial and residential transactions, cottage issues, easements, property tax appeals, litigation and dispute resolution, estate planning, zoning and land use, and environmental law.
Emerson also represents local and tribal governments, municipal entities, and nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of matters, and he frequently advocates for electric ratepayer interests in proceedings before the Michigan Public Service Commission.
Emerson holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Award and Certificates of Merit in Evidence and Federal Indian Law.
Emerson is currently a member of the Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the Leelanau County Land Bank Authority, and he is a former member of the Empire Village Council.
Before joining Olson, Bzdok & Howard, Emerson worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago, the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor, and The Atlantic magazine in Boston.
Emerson lives in Leelanau County with his wife and two daughters.
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