Council Info


James P. Enright, Section Chair, focuses on environmental law, litigation, and real estate for businesses, local governments, and individuals. His environmental practice covers the full range of the subject matter in transactions, litigation, and administrative proceedings. Jim is a long-time member of SBM’s Environmental Law Section, where his roles have included chair and co-chair of the Hazardous Substances & Brownfields Committee, co-chair of the Natural Resources Committee, Council member, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He has developed and moderated numerous webinars presented by the HS&B committee, had two articles published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal, and participated in Section conference presentations. Jim is listed in Best Lawyers in America—Environmental Law. Among his other activities, he has chaired the Air & Waste Management Associations’s West Michigan Chapter, as well as serving on its board and chairing its program committee for a number of years. He graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988, and is also admitted in Colorado and Wisconsin (although currently inactive in both states). He practices at Enright Law Firm PLLC, in Grand Rapids.

Tammy Helminski, Chair-Elect, 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, Secretary-Treasurer, 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.