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Benjamin L Fruchey

Benjamin L Fruchey

Foley, Baron, Metzger, & Juip, PLLC
  • Environmental Law, Products Liability, Insurance Defense...
  • Admitted Pro Hac Vice in the states of California, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, Virginia & Wyoming, Michigan
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Summary

Ben’s practice focuses on environmental, toxic tort, mass tort and products liability litigation, permitting and compliance with environmental regulations, assisting with chemical release response and cleanup and defending and resolving actual or potential regulatory violations. He also has experience defending against personal injury lawsuits, class action lawsuits relating to alleged nuisance odors, particulate matter and groundwater and soil contamination. Ben’s extensive practice also includes business issues and commercial litigation. He has assisted clients in their efforts to obtain environmental permits, resolving permit violations, and litigating denied permits under Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). He also has considerable experience in matters involving land use and real property law. Ben’s practice also includes assisting an insurance carrier for the over the road truckers in responding to environmental releases on behalf of it and its policy holders. As a hydrogeologist, geologist, former environmental consultant, oil and gas geologist and environmental attorney, Ben brings over 20 years of legal and consulting experience to assist his clients with getting to closure while controlling cost and risk to the extent possible. He believes that his goal oriented approach to obtaining closure, coupled with his understanding of the science and ability to effectively communicate with regulators and consultants provides great value to his client by increasing efficiencies and working with consultants to identify cost effective and proven remedial options. Throughout his career, he has worked on environmental cleanup matters in various capacities in MI, OH, IN, KS, VA, IA, ND, SD, CO, OK, LA, WI and TX, among other states. He has handled matters involving chlorinated solvents, brine, crude oil, gasoline and diesel, ethanol, liquid fertilizer (ammonia, nitrates, nitrites), formaldehyde and methanol, among others.

Education
Michigan State University College of Law
J.D.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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University of Wyoming
M.A. | Geology
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Central Michigan University
B.A. | Environmental Geology and Hydrology
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Publications
Articles & Publications
"A Tragedy On Tap: Making Sense of the Insurance Claims and Litigation Facing Flint and Its Water Crisis"
Claims Management Magazine, Issue 5, Volume 5
"Archean Crustal Growth by Lateral Accretion of Juvenile Supracrustal Belts in the South-Central Wyoming Province"
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences Vol 43, 1526-1533
"Archean Supracrustal Sequences of Contrasting Origin: The Archean History of the Barlow Gap Area, Northern Granite Mountains, Wyoming"
Master’s Thesis, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
"Right-Lateral Oblique Slip Movements Followed by Post-Ottawan (1050-1020 Ma) Orogenic Collapse Along the Carthage-Colton Shear Zone: Data from the Dana Hill Metagabbro Body, Adirondack Mountains, New York"
Geological Society of America, Memoirs 197, 357 - 378
Speaking Engagements
Co-presenter, “Fractually Speaking”, Presentation to Great West Casualty Group relating to trucking industry exposure to hydraulic fracturing claims (simulcast to 3 offices across the country from home office)
Co-author and presenter, “Frack & Fiction”, Presentation to American Safety Indemnity Co., Atlanta, GA relating to fracking and litigation
Co-Author and Presenter, "A Legal Perspective on PFOS/PFAS Contamination Issues”, Presentation to Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan # P71945
Member
Current
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State Bar of Michigan
Environmental Law Section
Current
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Michigan Association of Enviromental Professionals
Member
Current
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Fowlerville Business Association
Member
Current
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Portland Zoning Board of Appeals
Former Chairperson
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in the states of California, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, Virginia & Wyoming
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Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    20 minutes
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Foley, Baron, Metzger, & Juip PLLC
Contact & Map
Foley, Baron, Metzger, & Juip PLLC
38777 Six Mile Rd. Ste. 300
Livonia, MI 48152
USA
Toll-Free: (734) 742-1800
Fax: (734) 521-2379