Environment and Web attorney joins Butzel Long's Ann Arbor office as shareholder

Claudia Rast has joined Butzel Long as a shareholder in the firm's Ann Arbor office.

Rast has extensive experience counseling both start-up and well-established clients on emerging legal issues related to business and technology, particularly online and web-based companies.

She blends the study of law, business, and technology to assist companies in their choice and use of technology to maintain a competitive edge.

As a board member for Ann Arbor's New Enterprise Forum, she coaches technology start-ups in their efforts to connect with management expertise, venture capital, and business partners.

Rast also is an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project, an offshoot of the American Bar Association.

Locally, she is a board member of the Clean Energy Coalition (CEC), where she developed the legal framework for the DOE's $15M grant to the CEC for the Michigan Green Fleets project and the Michigan Public Service Commission's $4.5M grant for the Cities of Promise program.

In addition, she has substantial experience in other federal and state regulatory issues, including the removal of vast underground storage tank farms in the 1990's; superfund remediation and litigation; Clean Water Act permitting and litigation; solid waste permitting and compliance; and SWAP grant permitting.

Rast is a frequent speaker on matters ranging from electronic discovery, online advertising, privacy, identity theft, environmental sustainability in the law office to data security breaches for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

Most recently, she moderated a panel on "Hot Topics in Environmental Law" at the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Rast has published numerous articles focused on technology as well as the environment.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources, 1975) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law (1986) where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review (1985-1986).

Published: Thu, Jan 6, 2011

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