Emerson Hilton

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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Retired after 28 years!

Ruth Ann Liebziet retired on July 2, 2015, after 28 years with our firm, supporting our office and clients. We couldn't have gotten where we are today without her help. We are grateful for her time and the memories along the way! Join us in wishing her all the best in her retirement!

July 2, 2015 

Partnership Announcement

Olson, Bzdok & Howard is pleased to announce that Ross A. Hammersley, Kate E. Redman, and Emerson Hilton have become shareholders with the firm. Please take a look at their attorney profiles to learn more about these young legal trailblazers.

March 20, 2015 

Larry McKay & Joan McKay have joined our firm!

Olson, Bzdok & Howard welcomes Larry McKay and Joan McKay into our firm as Of Counsel attorneys. Olson, Bzdok & Howard will continue to maintain offices in both Traverse City and Frankfort, so that we can more conveniently serve clients in the surrounding counties throughout northern Michigan.

January 1, 2015