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Rebecca J.S. Cassell

Rebecca J.S. Cassell

Associate
Location:
Howell, Michigan
Phone:
517-376-4028 (Direct Line )
Fax:
517-540-1701
Email:

Rebecca J.S. Cassell is a commercial litigator who focuses her practice on national and state environmental regulatory, litigation, and real estate matters including, remediation of contaminated properties, environmental cost recovery and contribution cases, hazardous waste management, wetland permitting and restoration, regulatory compliance, real estate environmental due diligence, brownfield development and municipal management, alternative and renewable energy projects, greenhouse gas inventory and reduction efforts, sustainable development, offset development and sale projects, and carbon credit valuation and sales.

Ms. Cassell has experience in a broad range of real estate, commercial, banking, insurance, construction and transactional matters. She has successfully represented clients in matters involving class actions, arbitration proceedings, appellate proceedings, amicus briefing at the Michigan Supreme Court level, contractual disputes, construction law and litigation, construction liens, real property and landlord-tenant disputes, insurance and administrative agency matters, account collection, creditors' rights in bankruptcy, claim and delivery actions, loan workouts, negotiable instruments and Uniform Commercial Code matters, probate dispute litigation, toxic tort litigation, vehicle warranty claims, sales of structured settlement payments, premises liability litigation, automobile negligence and corporate transactions and litigation. In 2009, Ms. Cassell successfully obtained a jury verdict in a complex environmental contamination case in Los Angeles in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Cassell received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Alma College in 2001 as a trustee honor scholarship recipient majoring in Economics and Pre-law. She earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of law in 2004 as a merit scholarship recipient. While in law school, Ms. Cassell was involved in the Student Bar Association as the Faculty Liaison and earned certification in the highly competitive Trial Practice Institute. Ms. Cassell also received awards for oral advocacy and jurisprudence.

Prior to joining Myers & Myers PLLC, Ms. Cassell was an associate at Clark Hill PLC in the litigation and environmental practice areas. From 2003 through 2004, Ms. Cassell was the research attorney for the Hon. Stanley J. Latreille of the Livingston County Circuit Court.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2011

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental Law and Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Banking and Loan Enforcement Actions
  • Creditor Rights
  • Climate Change/Sustainability
  • Insurance Law
  • Appellate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Michigan, 2006

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2003
    • Honors: Trial Practice Program Certification
    • Honors: Merit Scholarship, Full Tuition
    • Honors: Student Bar Association, Committee Chair
    • Honors: Runner-up All School Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Faculty Hiring and Curriculum Committee, Student Representative
    • Honors: Jurisprudence Achievement Award, Constitutional Law
  • Alma College, Alma, Michigan
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2001
    • Honors: Trustee Honor Scholarship
    • Honors: Vocal Performance Scholarship
    • Honors: Pre-Law Scholarship
    • Honors: 3-Year Graduate
    • Honors: Overseas Study in Quito, Ecuador
    • Honors: Economics Honor Society
    • Honors: Psychology Honor Society
    • Major: Economics
    • Minor: Psychology and Sociology
  • IADC Trial Academy, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California - 2009
    • Honors: Intensive Trial Certification Program Focused on Enhancing Trial and Advocacy Skills
    • Honors: Interactive Video-Taped Trial Segments
    • Honors: Critique Of Trial Skills With Nationally-Renowned Trial Lawyers
    • Honors: Analysis and Implementation Of Technology In Trial Strategy

Published Works

  • Treatise Chapter, Environmental Issues in the Construction Setting, Michigan Construction Law Manual, West Publishing, 2009-2011
  • Michigan Supreme Court Overhauls Permitting, Procedure, and Litigation of Environmental Matters in Michigan, Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Winter, 2011
  • Carbon and Greenhouse Gases - Methods of Regulation, Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Summer, 2010
  • Carbon and Greenhouse Gases - Methods of Regulation, American Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division Basic Practice Series, September, 2010
  • Frequent Contributor, Environmental Regulation and Climate Change, iGreenLaw Blog, 2009-2011
  • Summary of Michigan Environmental Legislation, Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Spring, 2012

Classes/Seminars

  • Environmental Issues in the Construction Industry, Associated General Contractors, Michigan, 2011
  • Environmental Risks in Construction Projects, Associated General Contractors, Michigan Young Leaders, 2011
  • Climate Change Regulations - Risks and Opportunities, Indo/American Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • Risks and Opportunities in the Carbon Market, Crowe Horwath, 2009
  • Attorney Perspectives on Collection Efforts, Michigan Court Officer, Deputy Sheriff & Process Servers Association, 2009
  • Carbon Cap and Trade Initiatives and Opportunities, ABATE, 2008
  • Legal Insights on Global Warming and Climate Change Regulation, Grand Rapids Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division, 2008
  • Regional Climate Initiatives, Michigan Manufacturer's Association, 2008
  • Moderator, ABA Young Lawyers Division New Lawyers Seminar, 2008
  • Legal Issues in Loan Documentation, Environmental Considerations, Michigan Bankers Association
  • Judge, Michigan Environmental Law Journal Student Writing Competition, 2011 - 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Litigation Section, State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Environmental Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, Member
  • Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association, Member
  • Section of Women Environmental Litigators, American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems
  • Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Co-Editor
  • Association for Child Development, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Council

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Stanley J. Latreille in the Livingston County Circuit Court, Clerk
  • Clark Hill PLC, Associate

Previous Names

  • Rebecca J. Dukes