Elizabeth S. Harvey

Biography

Elizabeth concentrates her practice in environmental law. She has extensive experience in cases involving contaminated property and groundwater, including Superfund/CERCLA litigation, RCRA litigation, and private cost recovery actions under state and federal law; matters involving the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act and their state counterparts; and the defense of enforcement actions by environmental agencies including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. She also has experience in a wide range of environmental administrative proceedings. Elizabeth has a special interest and extensive experience in local siting proceedings and appeals for landfills and other pollution control facilities, under Illinois’ unique local site approval procedures.   

In addition to her environmental law practice, Elizabeth also defends toxic tort matters, particularly cases involving chemical exposures. Elizabeth is experienced in all phases of litigation and trials in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Illinois Pollution Control Board and the USEPA. She has worked for clients ranging from large corporations to individual landowners, and also has represented municipalities and other units of local government.  

Prior to entering private practice, Elizabeth was the attorney for a member of the Illinois Pollution Control Board, and also served as a hearing officer for that board.  Additionally, she was a research attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court following law school.

Practices

Environmental Law
Toxic Tort Litigation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Animal Protective Association's Harmony House
    Pro Bono Legal Counsel, 2002-present
    Board Member, 2003-2007
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Law Institute and Diversity Law Institute

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2009-2016 in environmental litigation
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers in 2005-2012, 2018, 2020, 2021 in environmental litigation
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America in 2021-2022
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Publications

  • Maher and Harvey, Liability Issues in Private RCRA Suits Over Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, 30 Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter 691, September 1995
  • Harvey, Slone, & Urbas, Survey of Illinois Law: Environmental Law, 18 S.Ill.U.L.J. 791 (1994)

Presentations

Numerous presentations on the Illinois environmental regulatory system and the defense of multi-party tort actions to groups including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Winnebago Bar Association and the Illinois Pollution Control Board, including:

  • “Litigation Holds: What You Need to Know,” Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
  • “Practice Before the Illinois Pollution Control Board,” Half Moon Seminars, Wheaton, Illinois, 2005

News

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, St. Louis, Madison County, Indiana, August 19, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 11, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2021
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, Lisle, St. Louis, Madison County, August 20, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, February 3, 2020
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2020
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, January 16, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2019
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, May 23, 2018
Harvey Hosts Humane Society Legislative Fund's National Policy Council Meeting
HSLF works to pass animal welfare and protection laws at the state and federal levels, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support candidates for office who are committed to animal welfare.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 23, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2018
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, May 5, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers List
Thirty-six Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys were named Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers.

Chicago, January 13, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 12, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 3, 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 3, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 34 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 23 of its attorneys were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, while 11 others were recognized as Rising Stars.

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