As of January 1, 2015, Michael P. O’Connell is a Retired Partner of Stoel Rives LLP. Please send all client, event and media inquiries to partner Krista K. McIntyre at email@example.com.
Michael O'Connell is a partner of the firm practicing in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group. He focuses his practice on natural resources, environmental, energy, water rights and Indian law matters involving project development. For more than 30 years, Michael has assisted a broad range of clients throughout the West, including public ports, energy producers (wave and tidal hydrokinetic and conventional hydropower, wind and ethanol producers; oil and gas developers; and pipeline owners), forest product producers, food processing companies, shopping center and golf course developers, general contractors, and industrial, manufacturing, commercial and other private and public clients. He also works with Indian tribes and parties engaged in business or other transactions with Indian tribes.
Michael counsels clients through federal, state and tribal environmental review, project siting and permitting matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act (stormwater, wastewater and wetlands permits, citizen suits and water quality certifications), coastal zone management, National Historic Preservation Act compliance regarding cultural resources and historic properties (including traditional cultural properties), human remains, fossils, and water right acquisitions and transfers. In these areas, Michael also assists clients in transactional due diligence, regulatory compliance and litigation.
In Indian law matters, Michael assists clients on projects (on and outside of Indian reservations) that affect tribal interests, including financial transactions, leases and rights of ways over tribal land, taxation and employment issues, negotiation of waivers of tribal sovereign immunity and litigation. He also regularly speaks at seminars on environmental, natural resources and Indian law.
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