|Advisory Board Member|
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Mr. Helsten has a substantial environmental law practice. He counsels business entities of all sizes on environmental regulation, helping them audit their compliance, and consulting with them on environmental policy in their ongoing operations.
He also represents business clients in contested environmental matters, defending their interests in government compliance and enforcement actions, helping them secure necessary permits and approvals, and handling private contractual disputes over such issues as environmental indemnity/hold harmless clauses.
Mr. Helsten has appeared on behalf of clients before numerous federal, state and local regulatory agencies, tribunals and courts. He has also served as Defendant's Group liaison counsel and as Steering Committee Chairman at various Superfund sites.
Year of Birth: 1950
Law School: Drake University Law School,J.D., 1979
Law School Honors/Involvement: with distinction
Undergraduate School: Eureka College, B.A., 1974
Mr. Helsten holds several important environmental regulatory positions in Illinois local and state government. He serves as special states attorney for environmental compliance and enforcement matters for Will County, Randolph County and Perry County, Illinois. He is also special counsel to the city of Rochelle and the city of Freeport on matters pertaining to their municipal landfills.
In addition, Mr. Helsten holds the position of special assistant attorney general on environmental matters with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
Mr. Helsten joined Hinshaw & Culbertson in January 1985.
He served on Illinois Governor Edgar's first Environmental Task Force. As part of his work with that group, he formulated the Illinois Environmental Amnesty ["Clean Break"] Program.
Among his current activities, he is an editorial advisory board member of the Illinois Environmental Law and Regulation Report.
A frequent speaker on environmental law topics, Mr. Helsten regularly appears before professional associations, client groups and firm seminars. His presentations include:
"Practical Aspects of Brownfields Transactions: How to Get the Job Done," U.S. EPA Region V Brownfields Conference, Racine, Wisconsin, June 1996.
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