Bradley S. Rochlen
Merging sound legal theories with in-depth technical understanding, Brad represents corporate, real estate, and power generation companies, including public utilities, in complex environmental disputes.
Brad assists clients in prosecuting and defending hazardous waste control (Superfund) cases, RCRA cases, and private cost recovery cases at some of the largest contaminated sites in the country. He also has significant experience in resolving Clean Water Act and toxic tort disputes.
Many contaminated sites contain remnants of industrial operations from more than a century ago. Such sites historically contained gas plants, steel plants, coke plants, or supported other industrial activities that had their own operational processes and the potential to cause contamination. Brad’s understanding of these operations and their potential impact on real estate and adjacent waterways gives him the ability to provide persuasive and cost-effective solutions to even the most complex legal problems involving the EPA, state, and local regulators, or private parties.
- Represents National Grid at the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in New York City. National Grid is one of 28 parties tasked with performing the Remedial Design in this complex urban environment.
- Represents National Grid at the Newtown Creek Superfund Site in New York City. National Grid is one of five parties performing a Remedial Investigation along the heavily industrialized waterway that separates the city’s boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
- Represents Pacific Gas and Electric Company in two cases defending the utility’s use of treated wood in utility poles for the distribution of electricity. Brad earned a dismissal in the first case and successfully defended that dismissal on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, et. al., 713 F.3d 502 (9th Cir. 2013).
- Assisted clients with environmental issues at dozens of manufactured gas plants across the country. These activities include negotiating with the EPA and state regulators, pursuing cost recovery from potentially responsible parties and litigation related to liability, toxic tort responsibility and third party recovery.
- “EPA Takes Back Decision-Making Authority for the Most Costly Superfund Cleanups,” (co-author) Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser (May 22, 2017)
- “Ninth Circuit Holds that In-Use Utility Poles Not Subject to the Clean Water Act or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,” Schiff Hardin Energy and Environmental Law Adviser (Apr. 8, 2013)
- American Bar Association
Bar & Court Admissions
- Illinois Bar
- US Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
University of Michigan Law School, JD, 1997University of Michigan, BA, 1995