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Richard A. Barr

Leader, Economic Development Incentives; and Environmental Practice Groups


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude
University of Michigan, B.B.A.
  • Accounting
  • with high distinction

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Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Environmental Law Section
  • Real Property Law Section
  • Business Law Section

American Bar Association

State of Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention

  • Environmental Advisory Rules Committee, 2011-present

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

  • Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative, 2012-2014

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Environmental & Energy Policy Committee

Michigan Manufacturers Association

  • Environmental Policy Committee
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Mr. Barr focuses his practice on environmental, economic development, real estate and business law, and possesses significant knowledge regarding the redevelopment of contaminated sites by utilizing federal, state and local incentives.

  • Facilitates Brownfield development in the presence of environmental roadblocks
  • Structures complex brownfield plans, including multiple, layered state and local incentives
  • Identifies and pursues tax abatements and other incentives for companies locating in Detroit and other communities
  • Facilitates site selection and incentives package for multi-national companies seeking Michigan headquarters locations
  • Assists clients on development and zoning issues
  • Represents clean energy companies seeking federal, state and local support for Michigan manufacturing facilities
  • Participates in Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality stakeholder groups and outreach efforts


  • Actively involved in the legislative processes that resulted in the major overhaul of Michigan's primary environmental protection law (known as "Part 201") and the current Brownfield incentive programs, and served on the Environmental Advisory Rules Committee (established pursuant to Governor Rick Snyder's Executive Order 2011-5) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative
  • Negotiated incentive package valued at more than $50 million for multi-national company investment in Michigan
  • Completed CPA Examination


Hebrew Free Loan

  • Board of Directors, 2011-present

Yad Ezra (Food Pantry)

  • Director, 1991-present
  • President, 1994-1995

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Seminars & Events


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2017
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
    • Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008 and 2009  
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, 1978-present