Michael G. Cooke concentrates his practice in administrative law, including environmental, utility, and land use law. He represents industrial, agricultural, banking, government, and developer clients on matters involving clean air, climate change, electric generating facilities, renewable energy, telecommunications, utility plant and transmission line siting, water, and wastewater issues.
From 2003 to 2006, Michael was the Director of the Division of Air Resource Management for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In this position, he managed the air quality program for the State of Florida, interacting with federal and local agencies and over-seeing permitting and enforcement matters and the development of state air regulations. Michael also served as General Counsel for the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee from 2006 through 2008. His responsibilities at the Public Service Commission included conduct of rate cases, rulemaking, enforcement proceedings, and decision-making involved with policy issues regarding nuclear facility site cost recovery and renewable energy.
Michael has represented clients in connection with numerous environmental regulatory matters, particularly in air permitting and compliance issues. He has represented electric utilities, manufacturing, and agricultural entities in connection with various Title V and New Source Review matters. He is well versed in CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, water, and solid waste matters.
Areas of Concentration
•Federal and State Air Regulation
•Permitting and Enforcement
•Utility and Rate Regulation
•Land Use & Zoning
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
•Co-Author, The Intersection of the Clean Air Act and Energy Policy: EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Standards for Existing Power Plants, Trends, ABA, Vol. 46, No. 1, September/October 2014
•Author, U.S. Supreme Court Limits EPA's Greenhouse Gas Permitting Authority, EPA Administrative Law Reporter, August 2014
•Quoted, EPA Carbon Regs put Pressure on Fla. to Embrace Renewables, Law360, June 6, 2014
•Author, U.S. Supreme Court To Consider Challenge to Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Decisions, National Law Review, October 15, 2013
•Author, Helping Electric Utility Clients Manage New Climate Change Issues and Concerns, Inside the Minds, The Legal Impact of Climate Change, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2011
•Author, Chapter 35: Florida, Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property, Second Edition, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, 2002
•Author, An Evolving Model for Judicial Review of Environmental Safety and Health Rulemaking: Small Refiners Lead Phase-Down Task Force v. EPA, 33 C.U.L.R. 1027, 1984
•Instructor, Florida's Renewable Energy Projects: Updates on Financing, Environmental Licensing, and Construction, 28th Annual Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2014
•Instructor, Federal Regulatory Implications For New Alternative Fuel And Waste To Energy Projects, 26th Annual Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2012
•Speaker, Florida Chamber's 26th Annual Growth Management, Energy, Climate Change and the Environment Short Course
•Speaker, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Central District's 13th Annual Power Generation Conference
•Information Policy and Legislation Specialist, Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
•Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Associated News & Events
01.22.15 Greenberg Traurig's Michael G. Cooke moderating panel at 42nd Annual Public Utility Research Center Conference
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List
10.28.14 Greenberg Traurig's Michael G. Cooke to Speak at 2014 Florida Section Air and Waste Management Association Conference
07.17.14 Seven Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys to Speak at Florida Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School
01.04.12 Greenberg Traurig Expands Tampa Office/Environmental Practice
09.01.14 The Intersection of the Clean Air Act and Energy Policy: EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Standards for Existing Power Plants
08.01.14 U.S. Supreme Court Limits EPA's Greenhouse Gas Permitting Authority
07.02.12 U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations: Is a NAAQS in the Offing?
03.09.12 Judicial Review of EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule - What to Expect Next