Who We Are
Jennifer Nijman and Susan Franzetti of Nijman•Franzetti LLP have over 60 years of combined experience in all aspects of environmental law. After leaving two of Chicago largest firms, we formed Nijman•Franzetti LLP in early 2008 in order to better serve our clients. In our boutique, women-owned firm setting, we offer our clients hands-on personal attention at reasonable hourly billing and alternative rate structures.
Nijman•Franzetti LLP handles all aspects of environmental litigation defense and enforcement, including administrative and civil agency enforcement matters, private party actions for property contamination, and toxic tort cases. We have broad experience before the Illinois Pollution Control Board, participating in rule making proceedings, pursuing permit appeals (or defending against third-party permit appeals), seeking variances and adjusted standards, and represent clients at permit and siting hearings.
Our attorneys have represented companies in more than 100 Superfund matters across the nation. Our Superfund work includes representing groups of Potentially Responsible Parties and individual clients. We also have extensive experience in property remediation projects pursued under state cleanup programs. In connection with property contamination matters, we prepare and file regulatory submissions, negotiate and submit environmental plans, purse No Further Remediation letters, oversee due diligence and Phase I and II property reports, and handle day-to-day environmental counseling.
We regularly counsel our clients’ in-house attorneys on environmental issues that are part of larger projects, or where limited in-house legal staffing does not provide the depth of environmental expertise needed for a particular project. We have assisted in-house attorneys regarding permitting issues, questions concerning the applicability of federal or state environmental regulations, responding to regulatory inquiries and to address environmental issues that may arise in the course of a corporate transaction.
We know how to communicate with specialized personnel at both client and regulatory offices. We understand the technical concepts and ask the right questions. One of our particular skills is working with environmental experts and consultants to develop legal positions on complex matters that are then conveyed in persuasive and cogent oral and written submissions to regulators.
Nijman•Franzetti LLP offers unmatched experience, talent, and personal service to solve the environmental legal challenges facing today’s businesses.