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Michael Helbing

Adjunct Professor of Law
Staff Attorney, Penn State’s Center for Energy Law and Policy


J.D., Yale Law School
B.S., Penn State University

Mike Helbing currently serves as a Staff Attorney for Penn State’s Center for Energy Law and Policy, where he is actively involved in many of the Center’s research and educational activities.  Prior to beginning this role, Mike worked in positions that integrated law with science and policy.  Most recently, he worked in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he was Associate Chief Counsel for Litigation and a Senior Enforcement Advisor.  He has also served as a Staff Attorney for Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), where he advised on legal and policy matters related to energy and the environment.  In that role, he served on Governor Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force in 2015.  Mike received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Penn State and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Joe Osborne, Mike Helbing, Jordan B. Yeager & Lauren M. Williams, Representing Citizens in Challenges to Oil and Gas Permits, in The Law of Oil & Gas in Pennsylvania, chapter 21 (Joel R. Burcat & Stephen W. Saunders eds., 2d ed. 2016)