Overview

Alex Garel-Frantzen loves tackling complex environmental issues. He counsels companies to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws; litigates land and water issues; and conducts environmental due diligence to support corporate transactions. He represents a variety of businesses, including electric power utilities; gas transmission, storage and distribution companies; manufacturers; and commercial goods distribution companies.

Alex listens carefully to his clients’ concerns and then makes them his own, digging into the facts and untangling the web of statutes, regulations, cases, and policies. Alex then provides clear, actionable advice to help his clients achieve their goals.

  • Experience

    • Represents electric and natural gas utility in CERCLA action brought by the United States to recover costs associated with cleanup of redeveloped property.
    • Represents electric and natural gas utility in connection with Remedial Design at major Superfund site in New York City.
    • Advises electric power utility in third-party appeal of state-issued water permit.
    • Counsels companies to ensure everyday compliance with various laws, ranging from the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and RCRA to California’s Proposition 65 and local environmental and zoning ordinances.
    • Obtained dismissal of third-party challenge to Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification issued to client, an electric and natural gas distribution company, as part of its transmission line construction project.
    • Conducted environmental due diligence to assess and minimize environmental risk associated with client’s proposed acquisition of lubricant business and steel production company.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2015, magna cum laude
      University of Illinois Law Review, Managing Notes Editor
      Environmental Moot Court, editor and national team member
      CALI awards in Legal Writing & Analysis, Legal Research, and Introduction to Advocacy
    • University of Illinois, B.A., History, 2012, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

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            Turning the Lights Off on Environmental Justice?—Not this Administration

            The future commitment to environmental justice is made uncertain by challenges in implementation, the upcoming presidential election, and the uncertain future direction of EPA.

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            “Injury In Fact” Must Be Concrete and Particularized

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            Coming Down the Pipeline: New Methane Emissions Limits

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            Other Publications

            • “CERCLA § 309 and Beyond: Statute of Limitations, Rules of Repose, and the Broad Implications of CTS Corp. v. Waldburger Outside the Context of Environmental Law,” University of Illinois Law Review Vol. 865 (2015)
            • “Methane Emissions Regulations on the Horizon for the Oil and Gas Industry,” (co-author) Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report (Aug. 2014)
            • “Gangsters and Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago,” The History Press (2013)
          • Citizenship

            Pro Bono Activities

            Alex is committed to public service, with a recent focus on immigration and family law matters.

             

            • Represents citizen of Togo in application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for asylum and withholding of removal from the United States.
            • Obtained renewal of client’s deferred action for childhood arrivals and authorization to work in the United States.
            • Secured mother’s co-guardianship over her adult son whose physical and mental disabilities prevented him from making needed medical decisions on his own.

          Energy and Environmental Law Adviser

          EPA Announces Stay of Deadlines and Reconsideration of ELGs for Steam Electric Power Plants

          On April 12, 2017, the EPA announced that it will reconsider and administratively stay future deadlines of the 2015 final rule that set new, technology-based effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) and standards for steam electric power plants under the Clean Water Act. The final rule places significant burden on affected segments of the steam electric power...… Continue Reading

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