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Marc K. Shaye

Of Counsel

Marc practices in the areas of environmental law, natural resources and occupational safety and health. He has concentrated on occupational safety and health matters since 1971 and represents employers involved with serious workplace injuries and fatalities. Mr. Shaye is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the State Bar of Michigan, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was general counsel and executive director of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) from 1972 to 2005 and in 2000 he received the SCAA’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the spill response industry. Mr. Shaye has served as legal counsel to the International Spill Control Organization since 2004 and has been elected an honorary fellow in the London-based organization. He has authored numerous articles and was an author and a general editor of “Michigan Environmental Law.”

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Entertainment Law
  • General Corporate
  • Trademark

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio

Education & Academic Honors

  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1965)
  • Wayne State University, (1965-6 MBA Program, transferred to law school program before completion)
  • Wayne State University School of Law (J.D., 1969)


  • Recipient of the 2000 Howard E. Stanfield Distinguished Service Award Presented by the Spill Control Association of America in Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Spill Response Industry
  • Elected as Honorary Fellow in 2013 to International Spill Control Organization, London, England
  • Named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for 2014

Memberships & Appointments

  • Member: Environmental Auditing Roundtable; Oil Spill Response Plan Negotiation Committee to Develop Federal Regulations Pursuant to The Oil Pollution Act of 1990
  • Certified by the State of California as an Environmental Assessor, Lecturer Master of Science Program, Hazardous Waste Management, Wayne State University
  • Member: The District of Columbia Bar; State Bar of Michigan and Ohio Bar
  • Member, ASTM, Committee F-20, 1974-
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Board of Commissioners, 1979-1981)
  • Chairperson, Young Lawyers Section, 1979)
  • American Bar Association (Vice-Chair, General Practice Section, Natural Resource Committee, 1987-1994)
  • Certified-Board of Environmental Auditors
  • Counsel to environmental remediation contractor at DOE uranium enrichment facility in Piketon, OH
  • Counsel to real estate development partnership involving methane issues litigation at 150 acre site in Auburn Hills, MI
  • General Counsel and Executive Director, Spill Control Association of America, 1972-2005
  • Co-Chair, Inland Spills Conference, 1976-2002
  • Certified Michigan State Police 2002, 18.5 hours Emergency Management Member, Partnership Action Team, United States Coast Guard
  • Co-Chair, Homeland Security Great Lakes Region Conference, 2003
  • Invited Member, National Mutual Aid Working Group, 2003
  • IMO/ISCO Workshop Delegate, London, 2003
  • OSRO Panelist at Clean Gulf 2004
  • Co-Chair Homeland Security Conference, 2005
  • Legal Counsel to the International Spill Control Organization, 2004-
  • OSHA counsel to international steel erection firm
  • Representation of film productions slated for filming in Michigan since enactment of the 2008 film incentive laws

Published Works & Presentations

  • Presented papers at the 2002 and 2004 Freshwater Spills Conferences
  • Invited for Presentation to United States Coast Guard, D-9 Meeting, 2010
  • “A Safety Valve for Oil and Hazardous Substance Cleanup Costs,” Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Winter, 1988
  • “Analysis of Federal Standard Covering Safety and Health Measures for Hazardous Waste Remediation and Emergency Response Workers,” Spill Control Association of America Press, 1992 (ISBN 0-929253-00-0)
  • “Wayne Law Review Environmental Law,” Vol. 35, No. 2, winter, 1989
  • “Executives Who Cheat on OSHA Can End Up in Jail,” The Complete Lawyer, American Bar Association, Winter, 1990
  • “Spill Response Planning – A Contractor’s Perspective” March 2002
  • “Analysis and Commentary Regarding Pending or Enacted Oil Spill Legislation.”
  • “Protecting Our Region” article published in 2003 by Great Lakes Seaway Review.
  • County of Wayne v Hancock et al., 2004 amicus brief
  • “Liability Legislation Since the Exxon Valdez Spill,” Conference Proceedings, 7th National RCRA/Superfund Conference, May 1990
  • “Business Interruption Presents Challenges For CFO’s,” The Business Edge, vol. 1, no. 1, November 10, 2004
  • “Occupational Safety and Health: Minimum Standards Are Just Never Enough,” The Business Edge, vol.2, no.11, May 25, 2005
  • OSHA/MIOSHA Chapter, Employment Law in Michigan, ICLE, 1997-2014

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