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Michael P. Canavan is a member of the Environmental Practice at Greenberg Traurig. He focuses his practice on providing counsel on environmental issues associated with real estate and corporate transactions. Michael represents private equity firms, real estate opportunity funds, commercial and residential real estate developers, and companies in highly-regulated industries in connection with environmental due diligence, contractual allocation of associated risks and liabilities, insurance procurement, and regulatory compliance. Clients rely on Michael for his ability to quickly identify and evaluate environmental issues arising from the acquisition, financing, ownership, and sale of real property, and he draws on his experience having assisted with hundreds of real estate transactions in the majority of U.S. states, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan.


  • Environmental
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Environmental risk management and mitigation
  • Environmental remediation contracts
  • Environmental insurance products
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Private equity and venture capital



  • Tax Policy Legal Intern, Office of Jim McDermott (D-WA), 2013
  • Legal Intern, Office of Commissioner Scott D. O’Malia, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 2012
  • Legal Intern, Hon. Susan G. Braden, U.S. States Court of Federal Claims, 2012
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2010 and 2011
  • Intern, Office of Bob Etheridge (D-NC), U.S. House of Representatives, 2008 and 2009
  • Intern, APCO Worldwide, 2008
  • Intern, Edison International, 2008

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Environmental Law, 2021-2022
  • Team Member, a Law360 “Environmental Practice Group of the Year, 2022
  • Member, Bar Association of Pennsylvania
  • Member, New York Bar Association


  • J.D., with Honors, The George Washington University Law School, 2013
  • B.A., Political Science; History, cum laude, Wake Forest University, 2010
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
Admitted in Pennsylvania and New York. Not admitted in California.