Meet Our Team

  • Susan M. Franzetti

    Susan M. Franzetti

    Susan Franzetti was formerly a partner and chair of the environmental practice at a large Chicago law firm. She has extensive experience in compliance counseling, regulatory and litigation matters. She is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients in both civil and criminal jury trials in federal and state courts, including a $41.7 million federal jury verdict.

  • Jennifer T. Nijman

    Jennifer T. Nijman

    Jennifer Nijman is a founding partner of the environmental firm Nijman·Franzetti LLP with wide ranging experience in litigation defense and enforcement issues as well as issues involving waste and contaminated property.  She was formerly a partner and chair of the environmental practice group at the Chicago office of a national law firm.

  • Kristen Laughridge Gale

    Kristen Laughridge Gale

    Kristen Laughridge Gale is a senior associate in the environmental law firm of Nijman•Franzetti LLP, in Chicago. She has broad experience in litigation and enforcement-related issues, including private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, underground storage tanks, CERCLA, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.

  • Vince Angermeier

    Vince Angermeier

    As an associate at Nijman•Franzetti LLP, Vince Angermeier concentrates his work on CERCLA, EPCRA, RCRA and Clean Water Act matters, enhanced by his environmental engineering experience.  Vince’s has assisted on civil litigation, administrative rulemakings, regulatory and compliance matters involving water, solid waste and EPCRA reporting issues.

  • Kelly L. Emerson

    Kelly L. Emerson

    Kelly L. Emerson is an Administrative and Legal Assistant at Nijman•Franzetti LLP.  Ms. Emerson has been providing legal support services for over twenty-five (25) years.  She serves as the administrator for several Superfund PRP groups.

What their peers and clients have said:

Jennifer Nijman is recommended by her peers in Chamber’s surveys as a First Tier Environmental Litigator. Surveyed clients said she “has the ability to explain the intricacies of any given situation in layman’s terms,” a skill clients really appreciate.

Susan Franzetti is recommended by her peers in Chamber’s surveys as a First Tier Environmental Litigator. Surveyed clients said she is “a great litigator,” and is particularly praised for her work on permitting issues.

The duo were praised for offering “an interface between law and other professions, which gives clients access to a top-notch array of associated business contacts.” Despite its small size, clients and peers recommend this firm without hesitation.Quote

— Chambers and Partners USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

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.”

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

— Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America

Nijman and Franzetti are both listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers

Ever year since 2005, Nijman and Franzetti have been designated as Illinois Super Lawyers.

Leading Lawyers Network

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. Since 2004, Nijman and Franzetti shared many distinctions, including:

  • Top 10 Leading Environmental Lawyers in Illinois
  • Top 10 Leading Real Estate-Related Lawyers in Illinois
  • Top 50 Leading Women Business Lawyers in Illinois

Awards & Associations

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