William J. Anaya is an Officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental, administrative, and real estate law. He has written and spoken for organizations including the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and IICLE®. He was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law in 2018 and an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2006 – 2009 and 2013 – 2018. He is a former Chair of the IICLE® Board of Directors. Mr. Anaya received his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from 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 Shareholder of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, in Chicago, where he focuses on insurance coverage and appellate practice. 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 the Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law.
Matthew E. Cohnis 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. He 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. Mr. Cohn 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 Member of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law and is the Environmental, Energy & Sustainability Practice Group Chair. He is a former Board Member (2011 – 2018) and former Chair (2012 – 2014) of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section of the Federal Bar Association, a former Member of the Association’s Chicago Chapter Board of Directors (2011 – 2021), and a former National Circuit Vice President for the Seventh Circuit (2015 – 2021). Mr. Desharnais received his B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and his J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review.
Kristin Laughridge Gale is a Partner in the environmental law firm of Nijman Franzetti LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses on litigation and enforcement-related issues, including private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the 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, 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. She is admitted to the Illinois Bar. 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 Graysonis a Partner at Nijman Franzetti LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on environmental and natural resources law. She is the Immediate Past President of the Chicago Bar Association. In 2023, she was named one of the 500 Leading U.S. Environmental Lawyers by LawDragon. In 2021, she was named Best Lawyers’ Environmental Lawyer of the Year-Chicago. Ms. Grayson received her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law.
R. KymnHarp is a Shareholder and member of the Executive Committee at Robbins DiMonte Ltd., in Chicago, and has years of service as Chair of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Transactions Group. Harp has over 40 years of experience representing investors, developers, business owners, and other stakeholders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and development. He is a frequent presenter at IICLE® programs and ISBA programs on topics related to commercial real estate, and he is the author and moderator for www.Harp-OnThis.com, a commercial real estate and business blog. Harp has received awards and recognitions including the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review (Rated AV – Preeminent, for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability), a multiyear selection as an Illinois Super Lawyer, and the Illinois Lincoln Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. He is a member of the Illinois, Indiana, and New Mexico State Bar Associations, and is an appointed member of the Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Council. Harp earned his B.A. from Wabash College and his J.D. from University of Illinois – Chicago (John Marshall Law School).
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. 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 an appointed Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. She speaks and writes frequently on environmental law issues and is regularly named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer and receives high praise from Chambers USA. 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. Podlewski 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. He is a member of the 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 both an Illinois Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer 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.
Daniel R. Saeedi is a Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on employment and business litigation. He is a Member of the Board of the Illinois Bar Association, an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, and a Crain’s Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law. Mr. Saeedi graduated magna cum laude from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
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. from the 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.