Mike Schon is vice president and chief counsel for environment and energy litigation at the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mike oversees the Chamber’s environment and energy litigation, along with an array of civil litigation topics in the federal and state courts.
Schon has extensive experience litigating and counseling on environmental and regulatory matters. He previously was vice president and counsel with the Portland Cement Association (PCA), where he planned and directed PCA’s federal regulatory advocacy and litigation, emphasizing environmental and workplace safety issues.
Earlier, Schon was a senior associate with the international law firm Baker Botts LLP. There he represented top energy and manufacturing companies in environmental and regulatory litigation and provided environmental compliance counseling services. Schon focused on Clean Air Act and CERCLA matters and was recognized as a “Rising Star” in environmental litigation by Washington, D.C.’s Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014 and 2015.
Before entering the private sector, Schon served in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He received a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Division.
Schon started his legal career clerking for Judge Patricia K. Norris of the Arizona Court of Appeals after earning his J.D. cum laude from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude in philosophy from Northern Arizona University.