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John L. Clancy

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John Clancy

John Clancy is a shareholder and the leader of the Environmental Strategies and Energy Strategies Practice Groups.

John provides environmental and energy-related services to a wide variety of entities, including industrial, commercial, tribal, municipal and trade association clients. In the environmental arena, John has represented clients with respect to a wide variety of traditional environmental issues, including brownfield redevelopment, mining and mining waste matters, solid waste landfill sitings, solid and hazardous waste site closure and site remediations, and has provided National Environmental Policy Act, Superfund, RCRA, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act counseling and litigation services. John received the 2004 Leader in Law award from the Wisconsin Law Journal for his successful representation of the Forest County Potawatomi Community with respect to their opposition of the proposed Crandon Mine.

John's energy-related work includes advice regarding funding opportunities for renewable energy and large energy efficiency projects, the siting of both renewable and traditional energy facilities, negotiation of power purchase agreements, purchases and sales of energy facilities, certification and transfers of renewable energy credits, negotiation of co-generation facility agreements, land use disputes regarding the siting of transmission lines and related facilities, negotiation of individualized energy tariffs, intervention in regulatory rate cases and advice regarding tribal energy issues and development.

Representative Experience

Crandon Mine project. John represented the Forest County Potawatomi Community in the Tribe's opposition to the application for mining permits under state and federal laws. The proposal involved one of the most significant zinc and copper underground ore deposits in North American, but it would have been located in culturally-significant pristine and wetland-filled area at the headwaters of the wild and scenic Wolf River. The matter was successfully concluded with the Tribe's innovative buy-out of the applicant's interest in surface and mineral rights associated with the project. John has been recognized with Wisconsin's Leaders in Law Award from the Wisconsin Law Journal for his work on this matter.

Wisconsin Initiative Seeking Energy Reform ("WIser"). John worked both to form and represent WIser, an energy user group focused on lobbying for changes in Wisconsin energy law for end users. WIser's members included some of the largest manufacturing and commercial companies with facilities located in the State of Wisconsin.

Governor's Task Force on Global Warming. John recently represented a member of and has served on several work groups for the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming. In this role, he has worked on a number of energy and related policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He also works with a number of clients on sustainability initiatives, including carbon audits and reduction programs, and on strategies to maximize the financial value of these initiatives.

Huron Potawatomi Casino. John successfully represented the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians with respect to their request to place land along I-94 near Battle Creek, Michigan into trust for a new casino. Opposition groups had successfully sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding the environmental assessment performed for the fee-to-trust acquisition. John represented the Tribe with respect to the environmental impact statement that was prepared in response to litigation. Upon completion of the EIS, the opposition group agreed to withdraw all claims with respect to the environmental evaluation. The casino is now under construction.

Emerald Park landfill. John represented the City of Muskego on a contested case hearing opposing one of the largest proposed expansions of a municipal solid waste facility in the State of Wisconsin. At the conclusion of the eighteen-day contested case hearing, the matter was resolved by a negotiated agreement, which substantially reduced the size and impacts of the expansion and awarded the City with the largest fee-per-ton payment for municipal waste to date in the State of Wisconsin.

Potawatomi Class I status. John successfully helped represent the Forest County Potawatomi Community with respect to its request for Class I air designation. This is the first tribal Class I air designation since 1992 and allows the Tribe to better protect the air quality over its reservation.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 1990

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin


Urban Ecology Center - Board Member

1000 Friends of Wisconsin - President

Rotary Club of Milwaukee - Member

Wisconsin Industry Solar Energy Association - Board Member


Honored as one of Wisconsin's Leaders in Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal (2004)

Listed in Best Lawyers (Environmental Law, 2010 - present; Litigation - Environmental, 2016-present)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011 - 2012)

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

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Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law, 1990

Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986, Phi Beta Kappa

One East Main Street
Suite 500
Madison, WI
833 East Michigan Street
Suite 1800
Milwaukee, WI
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