PeopleMichael C. Ford
Michael C. Ford

Michael C. Ford

PeopleMichael C. Ford

  • Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (M.S., 1995)
  • Brown University (B.A., 1990)

  • Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers
    • President
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Arizona Mining Association
  • Environmental Professionals of Arizona
    • President (2011-2013)
    • Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup Planning Committee, Chairperson (2012-2013)
    • Chairman of the Board

  • "'Shocking,' 'Blockbuster' Rosemont Mine Ruling has National Implications, Experts Say," Quoted, Arizona Daily Star (August 10, 2019)
  • "Rosemont Project FEIS, ROD and Unpatented Mining Claims Dealt Blow by Arizona District Court," Co-Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (August 2, 2019)
  • "Water Quality Law Update," Presenter, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (June 26, 2019)
  • "Water Quality Law Update," Presenter, Environmental Professionals of Arizona Monthly Meeting (April 11, 2019)
  • "Double Trouble for Vehicle and Equipment Imports: EPA and Customs Continue Vigorous Port Inspection and Enforcement Program," S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (March 19, 2019)
  • "Water Quality Law Update," Presenter, 15th Annual Environmental Professionals of Arizona Conference (March 7, 2019)
  • "EPA Catches Up On PFAS," Co-Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (February 14, 2019)
  • "Shutdown Reflections on WOTUS," Author, JD Supra (January 24, 2019)
  • "Trump’s Regulatory Reform Initiatives Meet the Endangered Species Act," Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (July 20, 2018)
  • "Epic WOTUS Thriller for your Summer Reading List," Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (July 6, 2018)
  • "Environmental Considerations in Real Estate Transactions," Speaker, National Business Institute, Real Estate Transactions from A to Z, Phoenix, AZ (May 21, 2018)
  • "Clean Water Act Update - 2018 Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup," Speaker, Phoenix, AZ (March 22, 2018)
  • "ADEQ Considers Seeking Primacy for the Clean Water Act 404 and Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Control Programs," S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (December 5, 2017)
  • "True Crime Stories in Environmental Law," Keynote Speaker, Southern Arizona Management Society, Tucson, AZ (November 29, 2017)
  • "Up to the Minute Synopsis of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Developments," S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (November 20, 2017)
  • "Environmental Due Diligence for Real Estate Transactions," Speaker, National Business Institute, Real Estate Boot Camp (June 6, 2017)
  • "Regulatory Burdens On Retailers Continue to Evolve," S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (November 17, 2016)
  • "Industry, NGOs, Republicans, and Democrats Bond over Chemistry," S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (June 24, 2016)
  • "EPA Revs Up Engine Emissions Enforcement Program," S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (October 12, 2015)
  • "Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management (EHMM)," Presenter, Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) (August 28, 2015)
  • "Gibson Mine: A historic restoration by the Friars," Co-Author, Mining Engineering Magazine, Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 2015)
  • “EPA’s Proposed Navigable Waters Rule,” Presenter, Environmental Professionals of Arizona Monthly Luncheon Meeting (September 11, 2014)
  • "Proposed Rule Expands Scope of Waters Covered by Clean Water Act," Author, Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 12, Number 3, page 7 (June/July 2014)
  • "California's Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986)," Speaker, Arizona Manufacturers Council and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Environmental & Sustainability Summit, Prescott, Arizona (August 2012)
  • "Chemical Release Reporting Requirements," The Most Frequently Asked Questions in Environmental Law – American Bar Association, 2nd edition, Co-Author (2011)
  • "The Environmental Appeals Process: What You Should Know," Speaker, EPA Appeals Issues: What All Lawyers Should Know About the Environmental Appeals Process, Maricopa County Bar Association (May 2011)
  • "CERCLA’s Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense," Speaker, Strafford Webinar, Environmental Bankers Association, Arizona Chamber of Commerce (March-May 2011)
  • "Environmental Law 101," Conference Chair and Speaker, Seventh Annual Gatekeepers Regulatory Roundup (February 2011)
  • "Alumni Profile - Due Diligence: Attorney Counsels Clients on Environmental Compliance," Washington University Law Magazine (Fall 2009)
  • "The Ninth Circuit's Impairment of Arizona Water Quality," Arizona Hydrological Society Surface Water Session, Arizona Department of Water Resources (May 2008)
  • "Renewable Energy Incentives - The Business Impacts and Opportunities of Climate Change Initiatives," National Business Institute, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2008)
  • "Friars Who Owned Polluted Mine Get All Sorts of Help: They Risked Costly Fines over Arizona Toxic Waste; Prayer and a Good Lawyer," Quoted, The Wall Street Journal (April 2007)
  • "Arizona NPDES Program Update," Arizona Association of Industries, Phoenix, Arizona (2007)
  • "Working With Environmental Attorneys and Consultants," Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup, Phoenix, Arizona (2007)
  • "Accidental Spill Reporting Requirements," Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup Phoenix, Arizona (2005-2007)
  • "New Aquifer Protection Permit Requirements," Arizona Association of Industries , 14th Annual AAI Environmental Summit, Tucson, Arizona (August 2005)
  • "Redevelopment of Contaminated Property," Presenter, Lorman Education Services, Conference on Brownfields Redevelopment and City of Phoenix Brownfields University, Phoenix, Arizona (2004-2005)
  • "New Real Estate Due Diligence Standards," Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Conference, Tucson, Arizona (June 2004)
  • ACHMM Overview Course, multiple presentations on topics including the Clean Water Act, Instructor,  CERCLA and FIFRA, Phoenix, Arizona (2003-2006)
  • "Pre-Acquisition Coverage for Environmental Liabilities: An Analysis of the Ongoing Dispute," Environmental Law Reporter (May 2002)
  • "The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act: Real Relief or Prolonged Pain?" Environmental Law Reporter (April 2002)
  • "Transactions Update - The New Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense Under CERCLA," State Bar of Arizona Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section Newsletter (April 2002)
  • "Superfund Recycling Equity Act - CERCLA Liability Protection for Generators of Recyclable Materials," Arizona Association of Industries Environmental Summit, Prescott, Arizona (August 2001)
  • "Ethical Duties of Attorneys and Consultants," CLE International Environmental Seminars, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque (1999-2003)
  • "Reconciling Environmental Liability Standards after Iverson and Bestfoods," Environmental Law Reporter (1999)
  • "The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law," Maricopa County Bar Association, Co-Editor (Spring 1999)
  • "The Continuing Evolution of Parent and Successor Corporation," Liability Under CERCLA, St. Louis Bar Journal (Summer 1998)

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law (2013-2020)
  • Arizona's Top Lawyers, Arizona Business Magazine (2012)
  • Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Environmental Law (2012)
  • Environmental Excellence Award Gibson Mine Project, Valley Forward Association (2007)

  • Knights of Columbus
  • Brown Alumni Schools Committee
  • Starry Night Gala Committee
  • APS Wills for Heroes

  • Polsinelli PC, Shareholder
  • Bryan Cave LLP, Partner

  • Arizona

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Missouri