John Tatum

JT Crop 2933John L. Tatum
Phone: (248) 203-7073
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Areas of Practice
Environmental Allocation and Mediation



Mr. Tatum has been providing timely, cost effective assistance to PRP groups and litigants in the resolution of allocation issues at hazardous waste sites for more than 30 years.  The sites have ranged from very large and complex (4,000+ parties, 350,000 manifests) to court ordered mediation between 5 parties.  In recognition of this experience he is on the roster of Environmental Conflict Resolution Professionals developed by the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

He is an Emeritus member of the Bar in Michigan.

He has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University teaching Environmental Conflict Resolution and is a frequent speaker on environmental mediation.

He is past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Michigan Bar, producer of the Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook and is co-author of the ADR chapter.  Additional community activities include service as a member and former Chairperson of the Oakland County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Trustee and Secretary of the Six Rivers Land Conservancy, homeowners associations and alumni associations.

Selected Experience:  Retained by PRP groups as a neutral

  • Pickettville Landfill - Jacksonville, Florida
  • Omega Chemical - Whittier, California
  • MidState Landfill - Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • New Lyme Landfill - Ashtabula County, Ohio
  • Operating Industries, Inc. - Monterey Park, California

Specific PRP Site Support:  Retained by PRPs or litigants

Specific analysis efforts have been undertaken for individual clients at sites involving Municipal Solid Waste, drum recyclers, solvent / oil recyclers and scrap metal / transformer processors.  Allocation evaluations, expert testimony and challenge preparation have been supported for other mixed waste and industrial waste landfills.

Other Experience
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
Environmental, Materials, and Engine Engineering Offices and Finance Staff
Responsible for the development of the chemistry / MSDS / hazardous materials compliance database for worldwide operations.
Captain, US Army, MI, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

EDUCATION   (248) 203-7073
9470 High Gate Drive, unit 2216, Sarasota, FL  34238