Key Service Areas
- Agriculture Law and Industry Services
- Environmental and Natural Resource Law
- Real Estate Law
Legal Assistant - Debi Vigliarolo
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
150 W Court St Suite A
Hastings, MI 49058
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
How do you help businesses navigate the legal issues related to COVID-19?
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a rush to enter the disinfectant industry to seize upon the significant need but short supply of disinfectant products. Because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and individual states regulate disinfectants as pesticides, I have been working with new and existing clients to help them navigate the strict regulatory compliance requirements.
What types of clients do you serve?
I help individuals to large corporations understand, navigate and resolve environmental and administrative matters. My environmental practice focuses on matters that include environmental permitting, pesticide regulation, and assessment of environmental risk pertaining to real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and development projects. I also help clients in administrative and policy matters that may include participation in the state and federal agency rule-making process, enforcement defense, and regulatory compliance program development. Every set of circumstances is unique, and each is approached in a strategic manner that best suits that client’s needs.
Initially practicing law in California, I focused primarily on natural resources law and policy, with an emphasis on water rights and water quality issues. My practice expanded into matters involving contaminated property, underground storage tanks, including policy work for the state’s UST reimbursement fund, chemical regulation (specific focus on pesticides), and consumer product labeling. In addition to state law matters, I regularly dealt with legal issues arising under statutes such as the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Food Safety Modernization Act, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act.
What skills help you advise the client and achieve the best results or outcomes?
I have had the fortunate opportunities to work for a global corporation and to represent clients as outside counsel. Because of this diverse experience, I have a deep understanding of the “big picture” that clients should consider when confronting legal issues and I can offer a perspective of the broader consequences any action or solution may trigger. Being able to also translate technical and specific matters into an understandable application for clients has been key to successful outcomes.
What did you learn in your first year of practice that you still utilize today?
The importance of building lasting and positive relationships.
University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law, JD with Distinction, 2009
Ferris State University, B.S., 2003