Michael B. Ortega
Bar Admission: 1981, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Education: Kalamazoo College (B.A., 1978); Indiana University (J.D., cum laude, 1981)
Practice Areas: Environmental; Litigation; Insurance; Land Use.
Michael B. Ortega earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College in 1978, and his Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from Indiana University School of Law in 1981.
Mr. Ortega is actively involved in the representation of clients in virtually all areas of environmental law, including litigation and negotiations with regulatory agencies at all governmental levels and at administrative hearings. His extensive experience allows him to effectively represent individuals, municipalities and business organizations from a sole proprietorship to a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Ortega has participated in every aspect of litigation practice and has had involvement in significant cases in the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. His practice also includes municipal and intergovernmental water and wastewater service; permitting; environmental audits and compliance reviews; hazardous waste; solid waste; zoning and land use; representation of buyers, sellers and lenders; and insurance matters.
Mr. Ortega is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, is AV rated in Martindale Hubbel, and is a Michigan ASuper Lawyer@.
Mr. Ortega has served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties, Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Sub-Committee, and the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Initiative Technical Committee. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Portage Community Center, serving as President for 2011-2012. Mr. Ortega frequently offers environmental legal services, pro bono, for area churches and non-profit organizations, including the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.
Mr. Ortega has authored articles on environmental law and is a frequent speaker on environmental issues, often with students at local middle and high schools, and colleges. He also enjoys working with summer interns from area high schools and colleges.