Jennifer A. Van Wie

Counsel

Education

  • Vermont Law School (Master of Law, 2003),

    Environmental Law

  • Vermont Law School (J.D., 2002)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (B.S., 1999)

Related Services

Jennifer is counsel in the firm’s Environmental practice group. She is an experienced environmental legal attorney with a demonstrated history of working in both the public and private sector. She advises clients on state and federal environmental regulations and laws concerning air, water, and land pollution, including matters specific to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Prior to joining the firm, she was Special  Counsel with Foley & Lardner’s environmental practice group in both their Chicago and Milwaukee offices. Before that, she was an Assistant Attorney General with the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. In that capacity she was responsible for civil enforcement of state and federal environmental laws and regulations on behalf of the State of Illinois. She handled cases involving underground storage tank removal and remediation and enforcement of the Illinois Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund Act. In addition, Jennifer also managed an individual caseload requiring complete case and trial preparation, from drafting the complaint to postjudgment enforcement. She has presented and argued cases before the Illinois District Courts and Illinois Pollution Control Board, and she excels at negotiating settlement among parties.

She has handled significant cases such as brokering a settlement in the People v. Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Co., which dealt with air, water, and natural resource damages resulting from the derailment of a train carrying denatured ethanol and resulted in the largest fish kill in Illinois history. She was also instrumental in the People v. City of Markham, the largest discovered open dump in Illinois, in obtaining an injunction to ensure that ongoing open dumping ceased and necessary safeguards were implemented to deter future dumping.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee: 2005–2009 (Vice-Chair); 2004–2005 (Co-Chair)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association