Philip K. Micha

Associate

302.651.7632
302.651.7701 (fax)
micha@rlf.com

Philip focuses his practice on matters related to environmental liability, specifically in connection with real estate transactions, environmental enforcement, and related litigation. A member of both the Business Department and the Litigation Department, Philip practices in the firm’s Real Estate and Environmental practice groups.

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  • Successfully drafted and argued partial motion to dismiss in case where medical malpractice plaintiff sought to amend pleadings and relate back to initial filed complaint to avoid statute of limitations issue.
  • Successfully drafted and argued motion to dismiss commercial dispute for industrial equipment distributor involving allegations that client failed to provide insurance payout to customer.
  • Extensive experience appearing before judges in state and federal court for case management, status hearings, and motions.
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Philip focuses his practice on matters related to environmental liability, specifically in connection with real estate transactions, environmental enforcement, and related litigation. A member of both the Business Department and the Litigation Department, Philip practices in the firm’s Real Estate and Environmental practice groups.

Prior to joining Richards, Layton & Finger, Philip worked in Illinois for Cassiday Schade, LLP, and Daniel P. Costello & Associates, where he handled all aspects of litigation including pleadings, discovery, depositions, motion drafting and arguing, and court appearances.

During law school, Philip worked for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office of Environmental Enforcement Bureau and the US EPA Region 5 Office of Regional Counsel. He also completed judicial externships with the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to his legal background, Philip has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a second major in zoology, and a master’s degree in environmental management. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Philip worked for three years as a research associate in a neuroscience lab at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Experience

  • Successfully drafted and argued partial motion to dismiss in case where medical malpractice plaintiff sought to amend pleadings and relate back to initial filed complaint to avoid statute of limitations issue.
  • Successfully drafted and argued motion to dismiss commercial dispute for industrial equipment distributor involving allegations that client failed to provide insurance payout to customer.
  • Extensive experience appearing before judges in state and federal court for case management, status hearings, and motions.

Publications

  • "Practical Considerations for Commercial Lenders Regarding Environmental Liability," Delaware Banker, Spring 2019   View >
  • “In Hot Water: Clean Water Act Provisional Variances and Their Relationship to the Impact of Heat Waves and Droughts on the Supply and Demand of Electricity,” Chicago-Kent Journal of Environmental and Energy Law, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2013-2014   View >

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Certificate in Environmental & Energy Law, Dean's Scholarship, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2014
  • Masters in Environmental Management, Portland State University, 2011
  • B.S., Biology, Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008

Admitted to Practice

  • General Bar – Northern District of Illinois, 2018
  • Illinois, 2014

Practices

  • Environmental
  • Real Estate
  • Litigation

Experience

  • Successfully drafted and argued partial motion to dismiss in case where medical malpractice plaintiff sought to amend pleadings and relate back to initial filed complaint to avoid statute of limitations issue.
  • Successfully drafted and argued motion to dismiss commercial dispute for industrial equipment distributor involving allegations that client failed to provide insurance payout to customer.
  • Extensive experience appearing before judges in state and federal court for case management, status hearings, and motions.

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Certificate in Environmental & Energy Law, Dean's Scholarship, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2014
  • Masters in Environmental Management, Portland State University, 2011
  • B.S., Biology, Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008

Publications

  • "Practical Considerations for Commercial Lenders Regarding Environmental Liability," Delaware Banker, Spring 2019   View >
  • “In Hot Water: Clean Water Act Provisional Variances and Their Relationship to the Impact of Heat Waves and Droughts on the Supply and Demand of Electricity,” Chicago-Kent Journal of Environmental and Energy Law, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2013-2014   View >