Michelle De Blasi is a prominent environmental attorney in our natural resources, energy and environmental law group. Her in-depth experience encompasses a wide range of environmental law areas with an emphasis on natural resources matters, including traditional and renewable energy project development, environmental permitting and compliance, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Michelle focuses on business strategy by helping clients in a broad array of industries build their projects from start to finish, overseeing all aspects of permitting, while assessing business risks and hitting all milestones on time and on budget. On the state and federal environmental regulatory levels, clients consistently rely on her knowledge of hazardous waste, air quality, water quality, environmental health and safety, real property due diligence, utility regulation, natural resource damage issues, asbestos, and underground storage tank regulation. Throughout her experience on the energy side of her practice, she has advised clients on due diligence, permitting, siting and contractual agreements for energy generation projects, both traditional and alternative energy, as well as carbon emissions tracking and reporting.
From an early age, Michelle knew she wanted to be an environmental attorney so she earned a Bachelor of Science degree before heading off to law school. This passion for her work is reflected in the long-term relationships she builds with her clients, helping effectively manage issues as they arise and resolving matters as quickly as possible so her clients can get back to running their businesses.
While working in the law is always an invigorating career, it also provides great opportunities to learn and contribute to the community. As a mentor to the next generation of women attorneys, Michelle advises individuals to find their purpose and passion. Practicing what she preaches as a natural resources and energy attorney, Michelle founded the Arizona Energy Consortium in 2011 to connect energy industry leaders and provide a clear, credible voice for Arizona’s growing energy industry. Michelle’s vision is to achieve increased development for Arizona and the greater Southwest region by generating a diverse energy mix supporting reliable transmission and low-cost energy, a strong base of manufacturing facilities, an increase in higher wage jobs, and world-class research institutions.