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E. Lynn Grayson is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability, and she has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer since 2003.
Ms. Grayson has an extensive environmental law background including both private practice and government service experience. Ms. Grayson was the chief legal counsel for the Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency and the State Emergency Response Commission. She has prosecuted federal and state civil and criminal environmental cases including as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.
Ms. Grayson's national environmental practice and experience includes managing complex CERCLA and RCRA matters, advising clients on critical regulatory concerns, performing environmental due diligence for real estate and corporate transactions, defending against natural resource damage claims and conducting environmental audits at manufacturing operations. She also has significant experience negotiating agreements to redevelop brownfields sites throughout the United States. Ms. Grayson is an authority on federal and state release reporting obligations.
Ms. Grayson is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois bar and the bars of the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts in Illinois as well as several state and federal courts on a pro hac vice basis.
Year of Birth: 1961
Law School: Indiana University School of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: Franklin College
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Ms. Grayson is the Past Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women -- a 500 + member organization dedicated to the advancement of women attorneys. She was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association's Women in the Law Committee and serves as Co-Editor of its newsletter, The Catalyst. Ms. Grayson Chairs the Firm's Ombud's Program Committee, is a member of the Diversity and Women's Forum Steering Committees and the Business Development Committee.
Ms. Grayson is the past chairperson for the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, the Lake Michigan States Section of the Air and Waste Management Association and the Illinois State Bar Association's Environmental Council. Ms. Grayson is a frequent speaker at environmental conferences. She has co-authored two books, served as a columnist for Chemical Processing magazine and published over 100 articles concerning environmental law and health and safety-related issues.
In 2004 and 2005, Chambers & Partners USA named Ms. Grayson one of the country's leading lawyers in environmental law. In 2005, Leading Lawyers Network again recognized Ms. Grayson as a leading environmental lawyer as recommended by a peer review process. In 2003-2004, she served as a special liaison from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law to the U.S. Department of Defense addressing regulatory reform. In 2002, Ms. Grayson was named an ABA fellow for her work on behalf of the organized bar. Ms. Grayson is the first recipient of the Chicago Bar Association Alta May Hulett Award for her contributions to the advancement of women. In 1999, she received the City of Chicago Recognition Award for service to the environmental community.