Environment - Illinois
THE FIRM This well-reputed team is conversant on all aspects of environmental law, ranging from compliance counseling to toxic tort litigation. The group has attracted the business of clients from a wide range of industry backgrounds, such as real estate development, electric generation and chemical manufacturing. Recent matters include defending Midwest Generation against claims brought by the EPA.
Sources say: "Excellent responsiveness, really strong client service, and well-credentialed people with great experience."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Renee Cipriano is renowned as an "excellent advocate." Her ability to speak in business terms without "overcomplicating or legalizing matters" is much appreciated by her clients.
Stephen Bonebrake has been responsible for some of the team's biggest matters this year, including the successful conclusion of a consent decree negotiation on behalf of client North Indiana Public Service Company.
Litigator Russell Selman is noted for his broad environmental practice and strong grasp of issues surrounding Superfunds.
Gabriel Rodriguez heads the environment group, and is well regarded for his representation of gas and electric companies in the region. Observers comment that he is a "prominent name" in the Illinois environmental Bar.
Former EPA administrator Francis Lyons recently joined the team from Bryan Cave. Lyons has substantial experience handling a whole range of environmental matters, from regulatory compliance to brownfield redevelopment.