Ross A. Hammersley

Ross is an associate with the firm, focusing his practice on land use and zoning matters, environmental conservation, Brownfield rehabilitation and the redevelopment of distressed properties, energy policy and utility regulation, and oil and gas issues.  His time is primarily spent assisting local municipalities, governmental entities, and small businesses with contractual, zoning, and real estate matters, as well as helping condominium and summer resort associations, a number of business entities, non-profit corporations, and individuals and citizens all over the state of Michigan.

Ross earned a B.S. in natural resource ecology and management from the University of Michigan, and a J.D., cum laude, from the Michigan State University College of Law, with a certificate in environmental law.  During law school, Ross served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State Law Review, received Jurisprudence Awards in Water Law and NAFTA, organized a conference on water law issues as Vice-President of the Environmental Law Society, and took part in the Mexican Legal Studies program in Guadalajara, studying the comparative law of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, NAFTA, and international environmental issues.

Previously, Ross practiced general civil litigation with Frank, Haron, Weiner and Navarro, PLC, handling municipal law, administrative law, and federal fraud cases, as well as real estate matters.  He also interned for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation while in law school, and prior to law school, Ross worked on habitat restoration with the Audubon Society, as well as clean energy legislation and wilderness protection with a number of environmental non-profits in California. 

Ross is a member of the Board of Directors of Conflict Resolution Services, a mediation and arbitration non-profit based in Traverse City.  He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, serves as a Council Member on the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Section Council, is the Vice-Chair of the Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee of the Environmental Law Section, has published works on water law, wildlife conservation, energy law, and health law issues, and has given presentations to fellow attorneys on legislative changes to Michigan’s wetlands protection program and on a proposal to store low and intermediate-level radioactive waste in a deep geological repository beneath Lake Huron’s Bruce Peninsula in Ontario.

Ross is admitted to practice throughout the state of Michigan, as well as in the United States District Courts of both the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.  



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