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Michael D. Graves Of Counsel

T 918-594-0443 | F 918-594-0505 | mgraves@hallestill.com

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Michael Graves is Of Counsel with the firm and his expertise is Environmental Law. He has been with the firm since 1980. He has an individual AV rating through Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as the 2016 and 2014 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Environmental Law, an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, as well as a Best Lawyer in America  in Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental. 

Michael provides advice to industrial and oil and gas companies concerning compliance with environmental laws and regulations. He has handled matters in 28 states and 4 foreign countries, and he is a frequent presenter at environmental law seminars.  Specific experience includes:

  • Coordinating environmental due diligence efforts nationwide for a major industrial client
  • Obtaining the first federal district court judgment holding a transporter liable under CERCLA for selecting the disposal site for its customers
  • Defending a billion dollar class action toxic tort case
  • Coordinating environmental impact statements for major interstate pipeline projects
  • Coordinating the endangered species and cultural resources reviews for a large  wind energy project
  • Designing and implementing environmental compliance audit programs for several industrial clients
  • Appearing in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and seven U.S. Courts of Appeals

Education

  • Washington University School of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, 1973)
  • University of Tulsa (M.A. in International Relations, 1969)
  • University of Tulsa (B.A. in History and Political Science, with honors, 1967)

Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1973
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • All Districts in the State of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court of the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
Legal Experience
  • 1980 - Present Hall Estill
  • 1978 - 1980 Private practice in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1973 - 1977 United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Specialty Areas
  • Water Law
Military Service
  • U.S. Navy - Reserves, 1969-1974; Active Duty, 1970-1971
Community Involvement
  • Former Chair and Current Member of the Hazardous Waste Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
  • Former President, University of Tulsa Alumni Association
  • Former President, Leadership Tulsa
  • Leadership Oklahoma, Former Board Member
  • Tulsa Ballet, Former Board Member 
Professional Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association - Member, Environmental Law Section
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
Teaching/Lecture Experience
  • Author, "Oklahoma" Chapter of Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Properties, 2d. Ed. (ABA 2001)
  • Author, "Oklahoma" Chapter of Environmental Law Practice Guide (1996, Matthew Bender)
Honors & Awards
  • United States Department of Justice Award of Meritorious Service
  • 2016 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year - Environmental Law Tulsa
  • 2014 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year - Environmental Law Tulsa