Named by Best Lawyers as Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation - Environmental (2018 and 2019).
Todd C. Fracassi is a partner and chair of the Environment and Energy Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. He also is co-chair of the firm's Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Fracassi is engaged primarily in matters of environmental litigation and regulatory affairs, and corporate environmental counseling.
Mr. Fracassi represents clients in a broad range of environmental matters, including environmental enforcement, compliance and permitting, mergers and acquisitions, brownfield redevelopment, remediation obligations under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Part 201 of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Part 201) and other state remediation statutes and regulations, due diligence and site assessments, regulatory enforcement matters, and handling various environmental matters in real estate transactions. He also has spoken on brownfield development, CERCLA and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) environmental issues arising out of bankruptcy and foreclosure, the use of environmental insurance in transactions, and the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act.
Before joining Pepper, Mr. Fracassi was an associate with an environmental consulting firm, where he advised public and private clients on environmental and land use planning matters. This included extensive impact and mitigation evaluations under the National Environmental Policy Act for municipal, airport authority, and state and federal governmental agency projects, including for State Transportation Departments and the Federal Aviation Administration. Projects included runway extensions, highway and ramp expansion/location/relocation, and bridge replacement.
Mr. Fracassi is a member of the Environmental Law Sections of the Michigan and the American Bar Associations. He serves on ABA’s Smart Growth Committee, the Michigan Manufacturers Association Environmental Policy Committee, and the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals.