Who we are
The statutes and regulations developed to protect health and the environment can affect almost every industry. Understanding the role your business plays can be challenging. We closely follow the evolution of environmental laws and can counsel you on the impact to your operation today and in the future.
Administrative litigation before regulatory agencies may also pose a significant concern for your company. Our success in navigating these agencies and concerns stems in part from our experience in having prosecuted them. Some members of our team formerly served as attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies.
What we do
We handle a variety of environmental claims in state and federal courts and before state and federal regulatory agencies, including:
- CERCLA cost recovery cases
- Claims arising out of spills and releases of contaminants – pipeline leaks, UST issues and refinery operations
- Class actions arising out of alleged contamination of water, land, and air including MBTE, benzene, lead, lead paint, asbestos and other alleged contaminants
- Environmental dispute resolution
- Environmental enforcement and defense of environmental issues arising from commercial acquisitions and other transactions
- Land use-related litigation arising from mining operations – remediation plans and water releases and subsidence issues
- Permitting and citizen disputes
- Permitting related to drilling, water and air emissions associated with energy projects including refineries and drilling (fracking)
- Property damage, real property claims and diminution in property value
- RCRA and civil and administrative enforcement actions involving Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act actions
- Regulatory investigations and complaints
- Toxic tort
- Toxic nuisance and toxic trespass
Clients turn to our attorneys for advice and regulatory guidance with respect to a host of environmental concerns affecting – or potentially affecting – their business or real estate operations. We have experience handling:
- Advisory services to corporations contemplating a change in services (e.g. chemicals)
- Brownfields and real estate development
- Compliance and due diligence matters
- Corporate and commercial issues
- Environmental management – internal audits, wetlands, and water issues
- Hazardous, infectious and solid waste regulations – RCRA, CERCLA
- Property acquisition
- Site remediation
- Reporting and compliance requirements, federal and state
- Underground storage tanks
Clients we represent include cement plants, environmental remediation companies, farming and animal producers, hazardous waste processors and transporters, landfill owners, manufacturers, mineral processors, oil and gasoline jobbers and marketers, petroleum refiners and marketers and real estate developers.
We can also defend your interests when your operation is confronted with criminal prosecution for claimed violations of environmental laws and can represent your business interests in toxic tort litigation arising from exposure to environmental conditions.
- Successful defense of an integrated oil company in cost recovery litigation in which the client was dismissed from litigation involving 31 other companies.
- Judgment for client finding seller to be required to indemnify client for past environmental liabilities in a public agency’s action to enforce environmental liabilities.
- Defense of one of the largest privately owned U.S. companies against criminal and civil enforcement actions, citizen suits and a natural resource damages claim due to the largest release of hazardous waste in a Missouri waterway.
- Defense of mineral manufacturers involved in a cost-recovery action in Superfund litigation and civil enforcement proceedings.
- Defense of multiple toxic tort lawsuits due to alleged exposure to petroleum products, petroleum additives, salt cake and aluminum.
News & Insights
- September 21, 2020
- Interview with Matt Cohn, "State lawsuit over Sterigenics emissions cites state permit as evidence of 'hazard'; Undercuts permit process?"Cook County Record, December 11, 2018
- Leading Lawyers Magazine, January 2018
- Property Casualty 360, March 9, 2017
- Interview with Bill Anaya, "World’s Largest Purchaser Wants Its Suppliers to Disclose, Reduce GHG Emissions"Environmental Leader, August 29, 2016
- December 22, 2015
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Panelist, "Latest Developments in Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser"Air and Waste Management Association Lake Michigan States Section's 2021 Virtual Conference, April 27, 2021
- "Environmental Justice in Superfund and Brownfields Redevelopment" webinarAmerican Bar Association, March 16, 2021
- 2019 Air Quality Management Conference, Oak Brook Terrace, IL, November 5, 2019
- Midwest GeoSciences Group Webinar, October 23, 2019
- To Supplement, Not Supplant State Law: The Dissenters’ Tribute to Federalism in Atlantic Richfield Co. v. ChristianNovember 25, 2020
- To Supplement, Not Supplant State Law: The Dissenters' Tribute to Federalism in Atlantic Richfield Co. v. ChristianAmerican Bar Association, November 17, 2020
- Environmental Organizations Lack Standing in Litigation Over EPA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Policy; Litigation by State Attorneys General ContinuesJuly 13, 2020
- Westlaw Journal Environmental, May 6, 2020
- April 7, 2020
- March 26, 2020
- March 23, 2020
- Illinois State Bar Association Environmental Law, May 2019
- November 2018
- Use or manufacture chemicals? Your company should be aware of the recent update to the Toxic Substances Control ActOctober 2016
- Industrial and chemical facilities beware and prepare: U.S. EPA announces new enforcement initiativesMarch 2016
- Proposition 65: A California law with expanding potential effects on companies far outside of the Golden StateFranchising & Distribution Law Blog, May 6, 2016