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AnnMarie Sanford

Senior Attorney

Detroit, MI
Phone: 248.359.7359    Fax: 248.359.7700

AnnMarie Sanford is a senior attorney in the Environment and Energy Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. Ms. Sanford is primarily engaged in environmental remediation, regulatory issues and counseling clients regarding compliance with federal and state chemical regulations. For several clients that do not have in-house environmental counsel, Ms. Sanford works closely with in-house general counsels and environmental health and safety managers advising on environmental issues ranging from routine to complex. Before attending law school, she earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. She also is one of the few attorneys who passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s exam to qualify as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

Since 1990, Ms. Sanford has represented clients at Superfund sites throughout the United States, Michigan Part 201 sites and sites under other state cleanup programs. Throughout her career, she has integrated her scientific technical knowledge into her practice to achieve favorable outcomes for clients. She also has counselled clients regarding RCRA and chemicals regulations. She has specific experience in overseeing due diligence and environmental site assessments in conjunction with real estate and corporate transactions. Ms. Sanford has advised clients in connection with natural resource damage claims by state and federal trustees and the availability of Great Lakes Legacy Act funding for watercourse remediation projects. Ms. Sanford also has counseled clients regarding corporate officer and director liability in the environmental context as well as corporate shareholder liability. She has defended companies in cost recovery actions brought by federal and state governments and has advised clients on appropriate responses to unilateral cleanup orders issued by EPA. Ms. Sanford has represented companies in private cost recovery actions and negotiated numerous agreements with other potentially responsible parties and with EPA and state agencies. She also has counseled clients regarding compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, California Proposition 65, and the California Safer Consumer Products regulations. She also advises clients regarding compliance with Conflict Minerals disclosure obligations under Dodd Frank.

Ms. Sanford joined the firm in 1993, after practicing with firms in Grand Rapids and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


  • J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, 1990
  • B.S.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Practice Areas

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