Jennifer Sackett Pohlenz is Counsel with Leech Tishman and a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, where she co-leads the Environmental and Permitting and Zoning Groups. She is also a member of the Employment & Labor Practice Group where she focuses on employment litigation. Jennifer is based in the Chicago office, where advises clients on commercial development, clean air and water concerns, renewable energy projects and waste management. Jennifer also regularly counsels clients on a range of transactional, regulatory, administrative, and litigation matters, assisting them in making strategic business decisions related to the environment.
Jennifer represents local governments, private and publicly traded corporations, and individuals. Jennifer counsels clients on federal and state environmental regulations and laws concerning land, air, and water, such as CERCLA, RCRA, AHERA, NESHAP, the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, the Illinois Public Utilities Act, and the Illinois Natural Area Preservation Act. She has trial experience and understands the business decisions that are considered by clients in a well negotiated resolution. Jennifer also manages commercial litigation matters for her clients, such as breach of contract and foreclosure actions.
Jennifer appears before local governments, the Illinois Pollution Control Board, and Illinois Appellate Courts concerning the siting of pollution control facilities, in matters such as:
- Roxana Landfill, Inc. v. Village Board of the Village of Caseyville, et al., PCB 15-65 & 15-69 (December 18, 2014).
- American Disposal Service of Illinois, Inc. v. County Board of McLean County, et al., PCB 11-60 (August 7, 2014)
- Williamson County ex rel. State’s Attorney Charles Garnati, et al. v. Kibler Development Corporation, et al. PCB 08-93 (July 10, 2008)
Some of the issues in Jennifer’s practice have triggered constitutional questions. For example, she has
represented clients in a challenge to a permit condition restricting the flow of waste:
- United Disposal of Bradley, Inc. v. The Pollution Control Board, et al., 363 III.App.3d 243, 842 N.E.2d 1161 (3d Dist. 2006)
- Neblock Trucking, Inc., et al. v. Douglas P. Scott, et al., 09 C 1985 (US Dist Ct., ND IL)
In addition to more general commercial contract and foreclosure matters, Jennifer represents clients in contract and negligence litigation related to environmental remediation. An example is Nalco Company v. Environmental Management, Inc., 694 F.Supp 2d 994 (2010).
She also helps candidates in local election law matters, having successfully represented clients in defense to nominating objections and paving the way for their names to be on the ballot:
- Michael Watson v. The Electoral Board of the Village of Bradley, et al., 2013 IL App (3d) 130143 (May 24, 2013)
- Charles Burke v. The Electoral Board of the Village of Bradley, et al., 2013 IL App (3d) 130141 (May 24, 2013)
J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
Clark Hill PLC
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
The Jeff Diver Group
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney
“Power Principals for Solar Contracting”, Illinois Municipal Review (January 2019)
“Federal lead exposure regulations impact work done on pre-1978 residences and child-occupied facilities”,
Illinois State Bar Association Real Property Newsletter, Vol. 55, No. 6 (May 2010)
“The ‘Chicago’ Green Code”, Green Space Today Online Publications, 2009