Before joining Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC, Mr. Fruchey worked as an associate attorney at a boutique environmental law firm where his practice involved assisting clients in their efforts to obtain environmental permits, resolving permit violations, and litigating denied permits under Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). He also gained considerable experience in matters involving land use and real property law.
Before law school, Ben worked as an environmental consultant for Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, Inc. (“CRA”). While there, he worked on matters involving CERCLA, RCRA and TSCA, and has extensive experience conducting soil and groundwater sampling in accordance with the appropriate operational memos under NREPA, including Parts 213 and 201, among others. His consulting experience in this area helps him advise clients on the appropriate scope of work needed to accomplish investigative goals. As a geoscientist at ConocoPhillips in Houston, TX, he gained experience in oil and gas exploration and production.
Ben is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and serves on the Council for its Environmental Law Section. He is also a member of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP) and the Fowlerville Business Association. In addition, he was the former chairperson of the Portland Zoning Board of Appeals. During law school he interned for Justice Elizabeth Weaver of the Michigan Supreme Court.
While in college, his enthusiasm for the natural environment directed his education towards geology. He spent the next several years pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geology at CMU in Mt. Pleasant, and then travelled to Wyoming earning a Master’s of Science in Geology and Hydrology. His thesis work there involved geological mapping in the Rattlesnake Hills of central Wyoming where he spent three long months, alone, with rattlesnakes, cattle, and horny toad lizards for his only company.
After several years working as a geologist in Houston, Texas (where he became engaged to his wife), Ben moved back to Michigan to be closer to family and earn his law degree. He now spends his free time teaching his two young sons (ages 6 and 3) how to play sports (and support all things green – Go Spartans), fish and enjoy the outdoors. He and his sons are working on his current personal goal – trying to convince his wife to allow a reptile into the house as a pet! (His wife put her foot down on the idea of a snake for a pet, so Ben and the boys are now rallying for a horny toad lizard or two!)
Ben is a connoisseur of craft beers. In addition to drinking beer, he often takes a stab at brewing his own recipes for family and friends. In what little free time is left, he also dabbles in carpentry, doing mainly the many home improvement projects on his “honey-do” list.
Michigan State University College of Law, JD (Magna Cum Laude), 2008
University of Wyoming, Master of Science in Geology, 2002
Central Michigan University, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology and Hydrology (Summa Cum Laude), 1999
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing – by Charlie Papazian
Band of Horses and Ray LaMontagne
Any craft brewery
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation