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America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009: Environment

Chambers & Partners has compiled its independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide — which is designed to reflect market opinion — contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.

In Chambers' 2009 review of national legal talent in the area of "Environment," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.

Chambers' comments:

District of Columbia Ranking: Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis is well known throughout Washington, DC for its "terrific litigation skills" and excellent transactional practice. In the litigation field, Stuart Drake is recognized by market observers as "a leader in crafting winning arguments" and is renowned for his representation of automotive companies — including GM and Toyota — in enforcement actions, regulatory litigation and agency rulemaking processes. He is particularly adept at handling cases involving air pollution regulation, and also advises trade associations that represent automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Walt Lohmann leads the transactional environmental group. He concentrates on the environmental compliance and liability issues affecting corporate and real estate transactions, and has recently witnessed an increase in restructuring and bankruptcy-related work.

Environment: Litigation
Illinois: Other Notable Practitioners

Andrew Running of Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a greater amount of environmental group than most in his group, and receives praise for his defense of clients in toxic tort, hazardous waste cleanup and site contamination disputes.

Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009 —