Environmental Law

Environmental Law

Former environmental regulators and a former environmental prosecutor combined more than 40 years of experience in environmental matters to found Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s full-service environmental practice. Since the practice’s inception, firm attorneys have gained extensive experience litigating in federal and state courts and appearing before the Illinois Pollution Control Board. This experience has resulted in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s proven track record of resolving a wide variety of land, air and water pollution matters.

Areas of expertise include:
  • CERCLA/Superfund
  • RCRA
  • Review and approval of all pleadings
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Groundwater and drinking water contamination
  • Contaminated property disputes
  • Sale or purchase of contaminated commercial and industrial properties
  • Wetlands issues
  • Defense of regulatory violations
  • Illinois pollution control facility/landfill sitings (Section 39.2 or SB172)
In addition to defending a wide range of environmental cases, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have successfully brought suit and recovered on behalf of owners of property contaminated by others. Contamination may have been the result of activities from a prior owner or may have migrated from an off-site source. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP environmental attorneys use a combination of statutory and common law tools to force remediation of the property and to recover costs and damages.
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP environmental attorneys also assist clients in maintaining compliance with today’s constantly changing environmental laws and regulations. In fact, members of the environmental practice group have participated at all levels of regulatory rulemaking, including drafting state regulations and testifying regarding legislative initiatives. Firm attorneys have also written authoritative articles for law reviews and bar journals and taught environmental law to students.
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s vast experience in environmental law enables firm attorneys to bring this broad range of environmental legal services to clients at reasonable rates, focusing on resolving the matter in the most efficient manner.


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Maher Profiled in Leading Lawyers Article
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Chicago, August 11, 2016
Maher Joins Board of Visitors for NIU College of Law
Maher is a 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois University's College of Law.

Chicago, December 17, 2015
Lateral Associates, Law School Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes two lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, September 23, 2014
Kernell Law Firm Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, SMB Opens St. Louis and Madison County Offices
“We believe our new St. Louis and Madison County offices will provide the same excellent service that clients have come to expect from Tom Kernell and his team,” said Managing Partner Timothy G. Nickels.

Chicago, July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, August 6, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Drumke Elected Vice Chair of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Drumke's term commences a three-year leadership track as an ABA Section Officer.

Chicago, January 23, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
The firm's new partners focus on a variety of practice areas.

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