A partner with the firm, Emerson represents individuals, local and tribal governments, municipal entities, and nonprofit organizations in matters involving environmental law, energy and utility regulation, Indian and tribal law, and appellate advocacy.
Emerson regularly advocates for environmental and ratepayer interests before the Michigan Public Service Commission. He has served as counsel or co-counsel in numerous fuel supply and renewable energy proceedings, and has also advocated for clients in cases involving electric rates and rate design, certificates of need and integrated resource planning, securitization, and cost of service.
Emerson also practices in the area of real estate and property, including litigation and dispute resolution, brownfields, zoning and land use, eminent domain, property tax appeals, and commercial and residential transactions.
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 director of Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART), a non-profit trails advocacy organization.
Before joining Olson, Bzdok & Howard, Emerson worked as a legal intern for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago, the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor, and The Atlantic magazine in Boston. Emerson is also a former Trustee of the Village of Empire.
Emerson lives in Leelanau County with his wife and two daughters.
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