Council Info

Officers

Tammy Helminski, Section Chair, practices environmental law. Building on her experience in industry, she advises clients regarding all regulatory compliance matters. She serves as counsel and assistant counsel for multi-party cleanup actions, including actions involving CERCLA litigation. Ms. Helminski also regularly advises clients nationwide in the lending, manufacturing, and real estate industries on the environmental aspects of business and property transactions. She has counseled clients with the NEPA process and NEPA litigation. Ms. Helminski is experienced with depositions and other types of discovery, motion practice and other pre-trial actions in environmental, commercial contract, business tort and construction litigation matters.

Sue Sadler, Chair-Elect, Sue is a founding member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC, and heads its Environmental, Energy, and Sustainability practice group. Sue is a board member of the Great Lakes Center for Legal Studies. She has authored numerous published articles. Sue is currently a member of the Section's Council and chairs the Section's Natural Resources, Energy, & Sustainability Committee.

Scott Sinkwitts, Secretary-Treasurer, Scott is senior corporate counsel with Consumers Energy Company, the state’s second largest utility and one of the largest combined gas and electric utilities in the U.S., serving 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents. With his office located in Jackson, Michigan, he is responsible for air and water issues affecting the corporation including permitting, operations, enforcement, and litigation. He regularly counsels his clients with regard to issues involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes, and Energy. He also advises the company on political law issues and MIOSHA related matters. He has been involved in the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section’s Air Committee for a number of years, helping to plan seminars and conferences and was a former chair of the Michigan Manufacturing Association Lawyer’s Committee. Prior to his practice in environmental law, he worked in commercial litigation for another Consumers Energy Company affiliate and in private practice. He has a degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and received his law degree from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1997.