Mike Ford has more than 20 years of experience working with clients ranging from religious orders to global corporations in navigating the complex web of environmental and workplace safety issues impacting industrial operations and commercial transactions. Mike has worked with businesses including miners, manufacturers, recyclers, metal platers, developers and retailers on regulatory compliance, enforcement defense and mitigating liability risks associated with corporate and real estate transactions. He has handled matters under all of the major federal environmental, health and safety statutes, including the CAA, CWA, CERCLA, EPCRA, FIFRA, MSHA, OSHA, and RCRA, as well as many key state environmental laws, including Arizona’s APP and California’s Prop 65.
Mike has helped clients efficiently resolve their government enforcement issues using voluntary disclosures, administrative settlement agreements and judicial consent decrees. He has managed environmental due diligence and negotiations in deals involving everything from mom-and-pop drycleaners to large scale mining facilities. Mike has worked extensively on issues impacting the mining industry, including groundwater and surface water permitting and compliance, chemical reporting, release response, closure operations and public land use issues, including mineral rights issues, and working with federal and state surface owners. He also has considerable experience in mobile source emissions compliance and enforcement defense, particularly regarding Chinese engine and vehicle imports. His experience in Brownfields development includes project feasibility analysis and due diligence, contract negotiation, voluntary cleanup programs, tax credit qualification, remediation oversight and consultant management, environmental insurance and obtaining regulatory closure approval.
Mike is a Missouri transplant, and has lived in Arizona for over 20 years. Mike is a lucky parent of triplets (plus one!) and spends his free time on the ice playing hockey, hiking throughout the state and skiing whenever possible.