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Description of Practice

    James Brusslan is an environmental attorney who has been practicing law for over twenty years.  Martindale Hubbell, which evaluates attorneys, awarded Mr. Brusslan its highest "AV" rating, and in 2005, Law and Politics named him a "Super Lawyer."  His litigation experience and knowledge of the law sets him apart from most environmental attorneys.  His clients have included Commonwealth Edison, CB Richard Ellis, Nissan Forklift, USAA Reality,  and several developers and real estate firms.  In his litigation practice, he has earned victories for his clients in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  He is familiar with state and federal environmental laws, regulations and remediation standards.

    Mr. Brusslan has handled matters for a wide variety of corporate clients and real estate firms.  He has also represented a number of cities and citizen groups in upholding environmental and zoning laws.  In 1997, he was counsel of record case before the United States Supreme Court.  He also played a significant role in cases involving radioactive thorium in West Chicago and a radio tower in a wetlands area. On behalf of Commonwealth Edison, he convinced a court to deny entry of several consent decrees in a CERCLA case and successfully obtained a judgment awarding his client its cleanup costs.  He currently represents a variety of developers and homeowners in matters involving Illinois lakes and the Chicago River.

    Mr. Brusslan has practiced with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, prosecuting cases throughout the Midwest under such statutes as the Clean Air Act, Superfund, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.  For five years, Mr. Brusslan worked as an attorney for Mayer, Brown & Platt, where he represented corporations in commercial litigation matters and environmental matters in connection with corporate takeovers and acquisitions.

    Mr. Brusslan's publications may be accessed at Articles - James Brusslan. He was a panelist on the ABA Videotape "Citizens Suits" in June 1997 and a panelist for a June 1998 ABA national seminar on citizen suits. Mr. Brusslan has lectured on environmental issues before the Chicago Decalogue Society, law firm client seminars, the New York Water Survey annual meeting, and other groups. Mr. Brusslan received a B.S. with honors in biology and psychology from Tufts University and graduated from UCLA Law School.

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