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Michael J. MaherMichael J. Maher

Class of 1985
Swanson, Martin & Bell
Chicago, IL




Michael Maher is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Michael represents national and international corporations in various types of environmental matters throughout the United States. His practice involves all areas of Environmental Law, including multiparty Superfund litigation defense and other enforcement actions, underground storage tanks, counseling on regulatory compliance, OSHA defense, toxic tort defense litigation, and transportation of hazardous materials. Michael's prior practice included prosecution of environmental cases for the Illinois Attorney General, drafting of environmental statutes, and administrative regulations for the Chairman of the Illinois Pollution Control Board Hearing Officer at both statewide and site-specific rule-making hearings, and other extensive environmental regulatory work and environmental trial prosecutions.

Michael formerly worked as an adjunct professor at Kent/IIT College of Law, teaching Environmental Law and Legal Research. He was legal counsel for the Illinois Pollution Control Board and an assistant Illinois Attorney General in the Environmental Control Division. Michael served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an instructor in Electronic Intelligence and Communications Warfare Operations.

Michael is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and its Environmental Law Committee, the Environmental Law Section of the Illinois Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is also admitted to the bars of Illinois, Florida, California, and the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois and the Southern District of Illinois.

Michael has spoken on Environmental Law to the DuPage County Bar Association, the National Lien & Bond Association and the National Issues Forum. He is a frequent speaker on Human Toxicology, the Illinois Environmental Regulatory System, Superfund Litigation, and Handling of Environmental Claims, and has testified before the Illinois Attorney General's Task Force on Environmental Resources. Michael has presented lectures to the Midwest Environmental Claims Association; Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; the Environmental Law Symposium at NIU College of Law; Western Loss Association; National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues; and the American Bar Association.

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