EDUCATION

J.D., Harvard University, 2005
A.B., University of Chicago, 2000

OFFICE

Grand Rapids, MI

CONNECT

[email protected]
(773) 726-8701

Margrethe Kearney

Senior Attorney

Margrethe Kearney is a senior attorney at ELPC. She practices a broad range of energy and environmental law in ELPC’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office. Margrethe regularly represents ELPC and other nonprofits in front of the Michigan Public Service Commission in both contested cases and stakeholder proceedings related to clean energy and grid modernization. She also protects Michigan’s unique natural places by engaging directly with state and federal agencies and representing clients in state and federal courts. Margrethe regularly appears in bankruptcy proceedings involving significant environmental decommissioning and remediation obligations. Margrethe was previously counsel at Latham & Watkins in the Environment, Land & Resources Department, focusing on environmental enforcement, environmental litigation and advising on environmental aspects of corporate and finance transactions. Before law school, she worked as an associate research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

WHAT’S A PLACE YOU LOVE IN THE MIDWEST?

I love spending time on Lake Michigan’s sandy beaches and watching my kids spend hours playing in the creek near our family cabin, but what really soothes my soul is poking around the rocky beaches on the shores of Lake Superior and camping around the Upper Peninsula.

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO THIS WORK?

I come from a long line of argumentative women who are genetically wired to do what makes sense. Sadly, lots of policy decisions and judicial opinions just don’t make much sense. I grew up visiting my grandparents organic farm, roaming through the woods and waters near my family’s cabin, and exploring Michigan with my family. I get a lot of satisfaction out of using my eristic nature to create laws, policies, and systems that make sense for the places in Michigan that I love.