Overview

Caitlin is an innovative and resourceful problem solver with experience handling environmental law matters across multiple industries, including energy, manufacturing, consumer products, and automotive. She stays on top of evolving regulatory developments and industry trends to proactively support clients and is especially well-versed in complex litigation and regulatory matters involving federal, state, and local environmental rules.

Caitlin integrates her passion for understanding clients’ businesses with prior business communications experience as a polished writer to concisely draft briefs, dispositive pleadings, and memoranda as well as preparing comments for agency rulemakings. She also conducts environmental due diligence to support corporate transactions, and regularly manages discovery and other aspects of trial preparation.

Prior to law school, Caitlin managed communications at a human rights organization in Washington, D.C., and conducted qualitative bioethics research at the University of Chicago.

  • Experience

    • Represents large, out-of-state power generating company in groundwater-related enforcement litigation before the Illinois Pollution Control Board.
    • Counsels industrial supply company on compliance with various laws and regulations governing sale and distribution of industrial products across multiple states.
    • Advises manufacturer of agricultural, horticultural, and turf products on product compliance under FIFRA and related regulations.
    • Represents large commercial and consumer products company in various stages of Superfund site remediation at multiple locations throughout the Midwest.
    • Advises food services company on various regulatory and compliance issues related to the food service industry, including product distribution and storage.
    • Conducted environmental due diligence to assess and minimize environmental risks associated with client’s proposed acquisition of multiple pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, including overseas locations.
    • Obtained dismissal of federal Clean Water Act citizen suit for power generating company.
    • Drafted administrative comment on behalf of power generating company in complex federal rulemaking involving performance standards for new, modified, and reconstructed stationary electric utility generating units (EGUs).
    • Advised American automaker on all regulatory aspects associated with implementing a new, multi-state mobile fueling program.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2017, magna cum laude
      Order of the Coif
      Bar and Gavel Society
      Chicago-Kent Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
      CALI Awards for Environmental Law & Policy II; Law, Markets & Globalization; Law of Privacy; Legal Writing II
      Clinton E. Stryker Distinguished Service Award, 2017
      Edmund Burke Award in Forensic Oratory, 2016-17
      National Best Oral Advocate Award, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, National Finals, 2016
      Edmund G. Burke Award for Appellate Advocacy, 2015
    • University of Montana, B.A., 2012, honors

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

          Clerkships

          • Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judicial Extern (2016)

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association; Environment, Energy, and Resources Section; Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee, Vice-Chair
          • IEEE Power and Energy Society Women in Power
          • Illinois Bar Association
          • National Association of Muslim Lawyers
          • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

          Languages Spoken & Fluency

          • Arabic, Proficient
        • Insights

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          Event

          Private Practice Panel and Q&A

          National Muslim Law Students Association Conference

          Location:
          Chicago, Ill.
          Blog Post
          News Release

          Ajax Recognized with CVLS Distinguished Service Award for Pro Bono Work

          Caitlin Ajax has been selected as a recipient of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) 2019 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her superior work providing pro bono services.

          Blog Post
          Blog Post
          Blog Post

          Top Issues to Watch After Kids’ Climate Suit Lands in Ninth Circuit

          Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

          Blog Post

          Long-Awaited WOTUS Rule Addresses Uncertainty, But May Face Litigation Ahead

          Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

          Blog Post

          Novel Litigation Strategies Also on Trial in Kids' Climate Suit

          Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Private Practice Panel and Q&A,” National Muslim Law Students Association Conference, Chicago, Ill. (Nov. 2, 2019)
          • “Faith and the Practice of Law: A Panel Discussion,” The University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Ill. (Feb. 18, 2019)
          • “Corporate Sustainability Disclosures in American Case Law: Purposeful or Mere Puffery?” (co-presenter) Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment 2018 Annual Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands (Sep. 6, 2018)
          • “Religion in the Law,” IIT Chicago Kent School of Law, Chicago, Ill. (Apr. 25, 2018)
        • Citizenship

          Pro Bono Activities

          • Caitlin is strongly committed to pro bono legal work. She has experience litigating domestic relations and child protection cases, as well as complex immigration appeals.
          • Caitlin is also dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession with a particular focus on mentoring Muslim women law students.

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          • Chicago Debate Commission, Associate Board Member