Michael Stagg

Trusted environmental attorney with state and federal experience

Manufacturers, utilities, and local governments seeking legal representation with regard to environmental, health, and safety matters rely on Michael Stagg to provide competent, thoughtful, and robust advice. 

Reliable, friendly, and engaging, Michael enjoys the variety of substantive issues that arise in environmental challenges. Clients have depended on Waller's deep roster of environmental talent for many years and expect Michael to deliver consistent, valuable results when faced with seemingly impossible permitting, expansion, compliance, or other environmental challenges.


Michael's Related Experience

Chemical production company rectifies environmental compliance violations

Advised a chemical production company in a critical self-auditing program to evaluate waste management status and risk management procedures.


Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas Pipeline pursue regulatory approval for compressor station

Provide Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas Pipeline with support in the siting, land acquisition, zoning, government relations, public relations, environmental and other approvals.


Quarry operator seeks advice regarding compliance, recently developed sinkholes

Advised a quarry operator with regard to compliance and has taken a lead role in addressing the complex legal, hydrologic and geologic issues arising from the sinkholes.



  • LL.M., with highest honors, The George Washington University Law School, Environmental Law, 1998
    • Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Fellowship
    • Advisory Editor - The Environmental Lawyer
  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1994
    • Editor-in-Chief - Tennessee Law Review
    • Dean's Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Law
    • Moot Court Board, American Inns of Court, Phi Delta Phi
  • B.S., Colorado State University, Natural Resources Management, 1982
    • President of the Associated Students of Colorado State University
    • Honors Senior Award - College of Natural Resources
    • Xi Sigma Pi - Natural Resources Honor Society

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee


Michael K. Stagg
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Community Involvement

  • General Counsel and Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Member, Board of Directors of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
  • Eagle Advisor and Member of Troop Committee, Boy Scouts of America Troop 31

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