Timothy J. Lundgren, Partner, Varnum, LLP

Tim Lundgren is a partner in the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Team.  On energy issues, Tim represents clients before the Michigan Public Service Commission, including energy suppliers and developers, marketers, manufacturers, agricultural processors, public entities and institutions, and trade associations and developers for competitive power supply and business interests.  He also advises clients on developments in energy law and policy in Michigan, and assists them in the development of legislative proposals.

Tim works on natural resource development and environmental permitting matters, including permitting for mineral extraction and large energy developments.  He has done extensive work on matters related to water quality and water supply and use, including discharge permitting, storm water compliance, and water withdrawal.  He has assisted clients on permitting and compliance matters on wetlands, inland waterways, and on the Great lakes, including spill response efforts. 

Tim also works on air quality matters, including permitting and compliance.  He has considerable experience addressing site remediation and cleanup at client-owned sites, and negotiating with state and federal regulatory agencies and advising clients at multi-PRP sites.  Tim also works in telecommunications law at the state and federal levels, where he assists municipalities and educational institutions on telecommunications matters, including cable franchising, construction and permitting of fiber optic systems, leasing of antenna towers, and a variety of FCC-related matters

Laura A. Chappelle, Varnum, LLP

Laura Chappelle focuses on regulatory and legal policy issues involving energy, telecommunications and advanced communications sectors. She has more than 20 years of experience in wholesale, retail and regional energy, and telecommunications issues.

Laura was appointed by Governor John Engler as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) from 2000 until 2003. During her tenure as Chairman, and subsequently as a Commissioner until 2007, Laura participated as one of the founding members of the Organization of MISO States (OMS) and the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). Prior to her appointment to the MPSC, Laura was Governor Engler’s Deputy Legal Counsel and Regulatory Policy Advisor.

Laura was previously a long-time legislative staff member with the Michigan Legislature, serving as an attorney for former House Speaker Paul Hillegonds, a regulatory policy advisor for the House Republican Policy Office, and the legislative aide for former Senator William Van Regenmorter.

Laura began her legal career in her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, where she was an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Saginaw Prosecutor’s Office and clerked for two Saginaw Chief Circuit Court judges.  She is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Illinois.