|Advisory Board Member|
| Litigator: Yes|
| Practice Description: |
Jennifer Nijman has broad experience in environmental litigation and enforcement issues. Her practice includes representing clients in private party disputes and agency actions under the Clean Air Act, RCRA (including underground storage tanks), and CERCLA. Ms. Nijman counsels clients in permitting matters and day-to-day compliance issues. She also represents clients as buyers, sellers, lenders or tenants in corporate and real estate transactions that involve contaminated property.
Notable Cases and Results:
Defending an energy company against Illinois EPA Notices of Violations and citizen suit claims for groundwater contamination at four facilities; Representing a property company to resolve a Notice of Violation, defend Illinois EPA litigation, and respond to US EPA cost recovery claims concerning alleged historic contamination from property deeded as part of an estate; Represent a waste company to respond to Violation Notices for alleged releases from a landfill and negotiate agreements with site owners and neighbors concerning alleged permit violations for leachate levels; Successfully resolving numerous Illinois EPA Violation Notices regarding air permits and surface impoundments through Compliance Commitment Agreements.
CERCLA and related litigation:
Successfully represented a waste company in a seven week jury trial involving the historic operation of a landfill where plaintiffs claimed negligence, nuisance, and trespass for damage to their properties downgradient of the landfill; Represented a grocery chain in a federal court private party CERCLA case alleging contamination of off-site property from soil removed during a renovation; Represent potentially responsible parties in federal and state Superfund sites across the United States, including most recently at the Lake Calumet Clusters site in Illinois, the Valleycrest Site in Ohio and the Tremont Barrel site in Ohio.
Broad experience in rulemaking proceedings, seeking variances and adjusted standards, and representing clients in permit appeals and siting hearings. Served as hearing counsel to the Department of Energy in a five-week RCRA permit hearing for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant; Developed strategies and negotiated agreements for beneficial uses of landfill properties; Served as counsel to a recycling company to site a pollution control facility; Modified a landfill remedy to allow for monitored natural attenuation; Negotiated and obtained various permits for air, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste..
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar), 1987
U.S. Supreme Court
Hourly Rate: $401-$450/hour
Date of Birth: 1962
Law School: University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1987
Law School Honors/Involvement: University of Chicago Legal Forum, 1985-1987
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984
Winston & Strawn, Partner, 1995-2007
Coffield Ungaretti & Harris, Partner, 1994, Associate, 1987-1993
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
Environmental Litigation Committee
Illinois State Bar Association
Public Interest Law Initiative
Past Board Member
Center for Conflict Resolution (certified mediator)
Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission
Published Legal Writing: Ms. Nijman is the author of numerous articles on topics related to environmental law.
Family: Ms. Nijman is married to Steve Surdell and has a daughter, Jacqueline, and a son, Ian.
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