Michael Buschbacher


Michael Buschbacher is a partner at Boyden Gray PLLC. He represents public and private companies, trade associations, non-profits, and individuals as both advisor and advocate, with a particular focus on energy and environmental matters.

Mr. Buschbacher has extensive experience in challenging regulatory overreach from the ground up, from building the record during the commenting process through appellate litigation. He regularly argues in federal trial and appellate courts across the country, and his Supreme Court advocacy has been quoted by Justice Gorsuch and cited by The New YorkerThe New York Times, and E&E News. Mr. Buschbacher’s commentary on both legal and policy matters has been published in The Wall Street JournalNewsweek, The American Conservative, and the Notice and Comment blog of the Yale Journal on Regulation.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Buschbacher served at the U.S. Department of Justice as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division. There, he advised senior Department leadership, served as the lead attorney on several lawsuits, and helped draft policy memoranda for the Department on the proper scope and procedure for environmental enforcement. He also helped lead the team that secured the second-largest Clean Air Act settlement in U.S. history. Prior to serving in the government, Mr. Buschbacher was an associate in the D.C. office of Sidley Austin.

Mr. Buschbacher is a former clerk to the Hon. Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Hon. Paul R. Cherry of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Mr. Buschbacher holds a B.A. in Music and Germanic Studies from Indiana University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School.