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William J. Anaya is a Partner at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates in environmental law transactions and litigation. He is Past Chairman of the Board of IICLE® and has received IICLE®’s Addis Hull Award for Excellence in Legal Education. Mr. Anaya is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Environmental and Real Estate Law Section Council and Task Force on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. He received his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Alexander J. Bandza is an associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental and energy law. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, and Resources, the Associates’ Committee, and the Chicago Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy. Mr. Bandza received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University, where he graduated with interdisciplinary honors in environmental science, technology, and policy, and his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he was a six-time American Jurisprudence Award and two-time Prosser Prize recipient.
Robert Marc Chemers is a Senior Equity Partner at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, in Chicago where he focuses on complex civil litigation, insurance coverage, and appeals. He is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel and a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Chemers received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and his J.D. cum laude from Indiana University School of Law.
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Matthew E. Cohn is an Officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in real estate and the litigation of environmental and insurance coverage matters. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a hydrogeologist for a global environmental engineering and consulting firm for several years. Mr. Cohn is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section Council and the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He received his B.S. in Geology with honors from Bucknell University, his M.S. in Geology from Indiana University, and his J.D. with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Kevin G. Desharnais is a Partner at Troutman Sanders LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law. He is a Board Member and Former Chair of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section of the Federal Bar Association and also a member of the Association’s Chicago Chapter Board of Directors and Circuit Vice President for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Desharnais received his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D. and Certificate of Expertise in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review.
Kristen Laughridge Gale is a Partner in the environmental law firm Nijman Franzetti LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on litigation and enforcement-related issues, including private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), underground storage tanks, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. She counsels clients on compliance issues as well as real estate transactions. Prior to joining Nijman Franzetti LLP, Ms. Gale was an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She was also an environmental consultant for a national environmental consulting firm, in which she performed due diligence inspections and conducted litigation support for various environmental actions. Ms. Gale is the Legislative Liaison for the Chicago Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and was formerly the Vice Chair and Legislative Liaison for the CBA YLS Environmental Law Committee. She is admitted to the Illinois Bar. Ms. Gale earned her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
E. Lynn Grayson is a Partner at Nijman Franzetti LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on environmental law. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and was elected as Second Vice President of the Chicago Bar Association. She has been recognized by Chambers (Band 1), Best Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers. Ms. Grayson received her B.A. from Franklin College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.
R. Kymn Harp is a Shareholder and Chair of the Business and Real Estate Transactions Practice Group at Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate. Mr. Harp is a prolific writer and frequent speaker on a wide range of topics related to his practice including publications for IICLE® and his publication of ILLINOIS COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: DUE DILIGENCE TO CLOSING WITH CHECKLISTS. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and State Bar of New Mexico and serves on the ISBA Real Estate Law Section Council. Mr. Harp earned his B.A. from Wabash College and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
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Claire A. Manning is a Partner with Brown, Hay + Stephens, LLP, in Springfield, where she focuses on environmental law. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Administrative Law, Women and Law, Environmental Law, and Agricultural Law Section Councils. In 2007, she was inducted into the Illinois Academy of Laureates, an honor bestowed on a select group of attorneys who have demonstrated excellence in the profession and in the practice of law. She was named a Leading Lawyer in 2008 – 2019. Ms. Manning received her B.S. from Bradley University and her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.
Jennifer T. Nijman is a Founding Partner of Nijman Franzetti LLP, a woman-owned environmental law firm in Chicago. She was formerly a Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she served as Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group. She has broad experience in litigation defense and enforcement-related issues, including common-law liability and toxic tort, private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Recovery Act of 1970, underground storage tanks, and all aspects of the Superfund process. Ms. Nijman has successfully represented clients in regulatory disputes and negotiations with both state and federal agencies and has implemented supplemental environmental projects/pollution prevention plans to reduce or eliminate fines and penalties. She is a Past President of the Chicago Bar Association and is a Past Board President and certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution. She currently serves as President of the Board of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. She speaks and writes frequently on environmental law issues and, in 2002, won the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, which honors outstanding legal writing. She is regularly named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer and receives high praise from Chambers USA. Ms. Nijman earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Legal Forum.
Joseph R. Podlewski, Jr., is in private practice with Podlewski & Hanson P.C., in Western Springs. He represents clients on a wide variety of environmental matters (including contested matters in state and federal court) and has appeared before numerous environmental agencies. He also provides advice and counsel to clients on environmental issues arising in commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Podlewski has also written for ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN ILLINOIS CORPORATE AND REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (IICLE®, 2019). He is a member of the West Suburban, Chicago, and Illinois State Bar Associations. He is Past Chair of both ISBA’s Environmental Law Section Council and the CBA’s Environmental Law Committee and was appointed to the Governor’s Small Business Environmental Task Force in 1994. He was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2007 and was featured in 2013 in Chicago’s Legal Leaders as among the “Top Rated Lawyers in Chicago” in the practice areas of environmental law and land use. He earned his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. with honors from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was a Lead Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
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Daniel R. Saeedi is a Partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, in Chicago, and focuses his practice on employment law and unfair competition. Mr. Saeedi is a member of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Standing Committee on Member Services. He is also Adjunct Faculty Coach for the VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Hong Kong and on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for The John Marshall Law School. Mr. Saeedi received his B.A. from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and his J.D. magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School.
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Steven M. Siros is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law. Mr. Siros received his B.A. from Illinois State University and his J.D. for Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Cory White is an attorney with the International Business Law Group, in Chicago, where he focuses on general business representation, transactional drafting, and securities compliance. Mr. White is the Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Business and Securities Law Section Council and the Vice Chair of the Association’s Committee of Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and his B.A. from Georgetown University.
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