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  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Bradley S. Rochlen


Bradley (Brad) S. Rochlen is a litigator who represents corporate, real estate and power generation companies, including public utilities, in complex environmental disputes. Mr. Rochlen 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 Clean Water Act cases and toxic tort disputes.

Merging sound legal theories with an in-depth technical understanding, Mr. Rochlen designs creative approaches to case strategy in all areas, from one-on-one negotiations to alternative dispute resolution, through courtroom litigation.

Many contaminated sites contain remnants of industrial operations from more than a century ago. The sites historically contained manufactured gas plants, steel plants, coke plants or other industrial activity with its own operational processes and the potential to cause contamination. Understanding these operations and their potential impact on real estate and adjacent waterways gives Mr. Rochlen the ability to provide persuasive and cost-effective solutions to complex legal problems involving the EPA, state and local regulators, or private parties.


"Supreme Court Reaffirms EPA's Right to Define Scope of its Own Regulations in Clean Water Act Decision," (co-author) Schiff Hardin LLP Environmental Update (March 22, 2013)

Pro Bono Activities

Mr. Rochlen devotes substantial time to pro bono litigation matters focusing on civil rights and First Amendment issues.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Mr. Rochlen was with two other national law firms. His practice also included intellectual property litigation at the first of those two firms.


University of Michigan Law School(J.D., 1997)Environmental Law Clinic
University of Michigan(B.A., History, 1995)

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association