Awards & Honors

We are pleased that our firm has been recognized by highly respected sources as a top environmental firm.

Chambers and Partners:

Chambers USA has ranked Nijman•Franzetti LLP as Band 1-Illinois Environmental in 2014 through 2017 and individually ranked Jennifer Nijman, Susan Franzetti, and Lynn Grayson as Band 1-Leading Individuals for Illinois Environmental since 2009. www.chambersandpartners.com

Chambers ranks individual lawyers in their practice-area on the basis of legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness, and client-service. Law-firm/departments are ranked on the qualities of their lawyers and the effectiveness and capability of the department as a whole – its strength and depth. Chambers conducts interviews with those active in the market – mainly clients and other lawyers with whom they work, and by assessing recent work done.

Leading Lawyers Network:

Jennifer Nijman, Susan Franzetti and Lynn Grayson share many distinctions, including:

Susan Franzetti, Jennifer Nijman, and Lynn Grayson were listed in the top five Environmental Lawyers in Illinois, Leading Lawyers Magazine—Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition, 2017.

  • Top 10 Leading Environmental Lawyers in Illinois
  • Top 10 Leading Real Estate-Related Lawyers in Illinois; and
  • Top 10 Leading Women Business Lawyers in Illinois (2015, 2016, and 2017)

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Kristen Gale was selected as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers Network. She was also featured 2016 Leading Lawyers Magazine – (Kristen’s Emerging Lawyers Profile).

The Leading Lawyer distinction is the result of annual statewide surveys of more than 60,000 Illinois lawyers, and has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed in Illinois.

U.S. News-Best Lawyers:

Susan Franzetti was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Chicago Environmental “Lawyer of the Year.”

Jennifer Nijman was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Chicago Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year.”

Lynn Grayson was recognized in 2017 with the Best Lawyers “Women of Influence Award.”

Nijman•Franzetti LLP received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

Jennifer Nijman was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Chicago Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Susan Franzetti was named Best Lawyers 2014 Chicago Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year.”

Lynn Grayson was named Best Lawyers 2011 Chicago Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Susan Franzetti, Jennifer Nijman, and Lynn Grayson have been recommended by their peers for the publication Best Lawyers every year since 2006.

The distinction of being included in Best Lawyers has been earned by fewer than one half of one percent of all lawyers in the country.  Inclusion is based on client feedback, high regard from lawyers in other firms, and general firm information.

Super Lawyers:

Every year since 2005, Jennifer Nijman, Susan Franzetti, and Lynn Grayson have been named Illinois Super Lawyers.

The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state.  Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

In 2016, Lynn Grayson was featured in the Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine “E. Lynn Grayson—Product of Her Environment: Environmental Lawyer E. Lynn Grayson Saves Companies Green.”

Other Honors:

Lynn Grayson is a member of the Environmental Law Institute’s Board of Directors.

Jennifer Nijman serves on the Editorial Board for the Environmental Liability, Enforcement and Penalties Reporter.

Lynn Grayson serves as as Secretary of the Chicago Bar Association serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Managers.

Susan Franzetti – Combining Client Service and Environmental Law” Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, Real Estate, Construction and Environmental Edition, January 2009 Download PDF.

Jennifer Nijman – Environmental Lawyer Balances Work and Civic Commitments with Aplomb,” Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, Women’s Edition, January 2008 Download PDF.

Jennifer Nijman – Awarded the Alta May Hulett Award by the Chicago Bar Association for highest standards of professional ethics and excellence and utilizing vision and leadership to advance women, 2001.

Lynn Grayson – Received the first Alta May Hulett Award by the Chicago Bar Association for highest standards of professional ethics and excellence and utilizing vision and leadership to advance women, 2000.

Lynn Grayson – National Law Journal “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer”, 2016.

Lynn Grayson – Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine “100 Women to Watch” in 2012.

Lynn Grayson – Illinois State Bar Association’s Diversity Leadership Award in 2012.

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