Kristen Laughridge Gale is a partner 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.
She counsels clients on compliance issues as well as real estate transactions. Prior to joining Nijman•Franzetti, Ms. Gale was an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where she represented the State of Illinois in environmental enforcement matters. Ms. Gale began her career as a consultant for a national environmental consulting firm, where she performed environmental due diligence inspections and conducted litigation support for various environmental actions. Ms. Gale is the Chair for the Chicago Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee, and was formerly the Vice-Chair and Legislative Liaison for the Environmental Law Committee. In 2018, Ms. Gale was named a Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law. She was also named an Emerging Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and was featured in the 2016 Leading Lawyers Magazine – (Ms. Gale’s Emerging Lawyers Profile).
Ms. Gale is also the Chair of the Governance Committee and a Board member of Bridge Communities, an organization which assists homeless families into stable homes and employment.
Ms. Gale received her B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2004. She is admitted to the Illinois Bar.