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Michael E. Born

Huntington Center
41 South High Street
Suite 2400
Columbus, OH 43215


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Mike brings a strong environmental background to his role as counselor for energy and electric generation organizations, manufacturers, and mining companies. With 30 years of experience, he has participated in and represented clients through regulatory development and enforcement trends throughout multiple administrations at both state and federal levels. This, paired with his work as a young lawyer developing and influencing the implementation of significant regulatory programs that have since become the current regulatory scheme for Ohio industry, enables him to effectively and efficiently represent clients in a variety of regulatory development, compliance, and related litigation issues. These include substantial experience in air, solid waste, and hazardous waste environmental compliance matters.

Though Mike has spent his entire career representing the industry in regulatory matters, he is himself an avid outdoorsman and a mindful conservationist. After 20 years in the suburbs and commuting 9,000 cumulative miles to and from work, Mike recently moved to a modern, energy efficient, vertical townhouse in the heart of Columbus’ urban core. He now walks or rides the CBUS to work, no longer spreads gallons of fertilizer on his lawn, and heats/cools a home a fraction of the size of his prior suburban McMansion. All of this has led to cutting his carbon footprint in half. Mike’s only long drives now consist of weekend travel to his outside interests, which include sporting clays and golf.


  • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers & Partners, Natural Resources & Environment practice
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012 - 2019
  • "Top Lawyer" by Columbus C.E.O. magazine
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources, 2013

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

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  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1988
  • B.S., Grand Valley State University, 1985

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1988
  • United States District Court Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia