Ms. Padley concentrates her practice in environmental and real property law with particular emphasis on real property transactions, brownfield redevelopment, zoning and land use.

She has represented purchasers, sellers and lenders in the disposition and redevelopment of properties, including brownfield sites, as well as in state and federal enforcement actions. Ms. Padley also works with clients on zoning actions, planned unit developments and other land use issues. She has been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2008.

Ms. Padley received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. She is a member of the Oakland County and American Bar Associations as well as the State Bar of Michigan and its Environmental, Real Property, Probate and Trust sections.

Ms. Padley has been a faculty member of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Executive Enterprises Inc., Government Institutes Division of ABS Group, Lorman Education Service and an associate member of the graduate faculty at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a member of the Environmental Subcommittee of the State Bar Real Property Section and frequently lectures on environmental and land use issues.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • Wayne State University Law School, 1988
      • J.D.
    • University of Michigan, 1984
      • B.A.
  • Admissions

    • Michigan, 1989
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1989
  • Professional Accomplishments

    • Michigan Leading Lawyers, 2015 & 2017
    • Michigan Super Lawyers - 2006, 2008 & 2009
    • dbusiness Top Lawyers, 2017 - 2018
  • Memberships

    • State Bar of Michigan Sections on Environmental and Real Property
    • Federal Bar Association of Southeast Michigan
  • Presentations / Speaking Engagements

    • Michigan Environmental Law Compliance Course Sponsored by Government Institutes Division, ABS Group, Inc. Program Chair "Environmental Remediation, Part 201 Update" Bay City, MI, July, 2000
    • Environmental Due Diligence for Financial Institutions, Managing the Risks and the Regulations Sponsored by Howard & Howard Attorneys PC "Environmental Risks in Buying and Selling Operations Properties; Mergers and Aquisitions" October, 1994
    • Update on Michigan Environmental Laws Sponsored by the In-House Counsel Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan "Changes to Michigan's Environmental Response Act" Livonia, MI, March, 1996
    • Michigan Environmental Law Update Sponsored by Howard & Howard Attorneys PC "Amendments to P.A. 307: Changes in the Legal Concepts" June, 1995
    • Environmental Issues in Manufacturing Sponsored by Michigan Manufacturers' Association "Land Use Issues" Cadillac, MI, May, 1994
    • Environmental Challenges: The Automotive Industry in Germany and the United States Sponsored by University of Michigan "Director and Officer Liability Under CERCLA; Focus on Heightened Individual Responsibility" Detroit, MI, April, 1995
    • The Brownfields Development Institute Sponsored by Business Development Associates and Executive Enterprises "Evaluating Contaminated Property from a Legal Perspective" San Francisco, CA, April, 1996
    • Environmental Professionals Forum Sponsored by Executive Enterprises "Environmental Management Systems: Reducing Risk Through Consistency" San Francisco, CA, January, 1998
    • Michigan Chamber Water Legislation Seminar Sponsored by the Michigan Chamber Services "Release Reporting Requirements for Discharges to Water" Lansing, MI and Novi, MI, September 2006
    • Law for the Real Estate Professional Sponsored by Howard & Howard Attorneys PC "Zoning and Land Use Issues" Birmingham, MI, October, 2002
    • Environmental Regulation CourseSponsored by Executive Enterprises"Toxic Substances Control Act" Dearborn, MI, April, 1993
    • IAAM 1992 Accounting Seminar Sponsored by Independent Accountants Association of Michigan "Effects of Environmental Laws and Regulations on Business Transactions" Lansing, MI, July 1992
    • Strategies for Dealing with Contaminated Property Sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education Commentator Grand Rapids, MI and Troy, Mi, September, 1993
    • Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14001: Preparing for the Next Wave In Environmental Compliance Sponsored by Automation Alley "Overview of Environmental Risk" "Preparing and Environmental Management System" Kalamazoo, MI and Troy, MI, June, 1999
    • "Controlling Risk Through Consistency: Standardized Procedures for Real Property and Operations Transactions", The Environmental Corporate Counsel Report, July, 1995
    • "A Break in the Storm: The Effect of Act 307 Amendments on Environmental Liability of Lenders and Fiduciaries", Laches, No. 305, June, 1991
    • "Indemnifying Against the Environmental Liability Claim: Business Transfer Considerations", Kalamazoo Enterprise, May, 1993

Susan E. Padley

450 West Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067-2557
Office: (248) 723-0331
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