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William J. Anaya is an Officer 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. He is a member of the Illinois State and Indiana State Bar Associations. Mr. Anaya 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.
Maureen M. Crough is Counsel to Sidley Austin LLP in New York, NY, where she focuses on environmental law. She is a member of the American Bar Association. Ms. Crough received her A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
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.
Leah M. Garner is an associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on environmental law. Ms. Garner received her B.A. with honors in Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
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.
Matthew G. Lawson is an associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law. Mr. Lawson received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
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.
Heather M. Palmer is a Partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Houston, Texas, where she focuses on energy-related environmental issues. She is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a Past Chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Environment Law Section, and a member of the United Way of Greater Houston’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Women’s Initiative, and Law Initiative steering committee. Ms. Palmer received her B.A. cum laude from Rhodes College and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University 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. for Northern Illinois University College of Law.
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