Vincent S. Oleskiewicz is a Partner at Leech Tishman and a member of Real Estate Practice Group where he co-leads the Environmental Group. Vince is based in Leech Tishman’s Chicago office and regularly advises clients in the area of environmental law, including all aspects of domestic and international environmental regulation, permitting and compliance, environmental issues in real estate transactions, dispute resolution and corporate transactional matters.
During the course of his 30-year career, Vincent has litigated environmental matters that include CERCLA/Superfund actions and private and governmental cost recovery actions, RCRA litigation, groundwater contamination and toxic tort cases. He has represented corporate clients in administrative proceedings before local, state and federal environmental agencies and in complex environmental litigation in state and federal courts. Vince regularly provides environmental compliance counseling and guidance to manufacturing and construction companies, as well as in real estate and corporate transactions with regard to all aspects of federal and state environmental regulations and requirements including air emissions, water usage and discharge, soil impacts, and waste disposal in the context of manufacturing, operations, construction, real estate ownership and acquisition. He also advises clients on appropriate due diligence requirements in acquisitions and divestitures of real estate and avoidance of potential environmental liability.
Vince has been involved in several energy projects, and has advised clients on appropriate regulatory requirements associated with permitting, water acquisition, land use regulation and obtaining the appropriate operating and construction permits necessary for successful project implementation.
Over the past 10 years, Vince has delivered several Continuing Legal Education presentations to in-house counsel at multi-national Fortune 50 companies on environmental issues of relevance including environmental due diligence standards, the drafting or purchase agreements and leases to best protect against environmental liability, vapor intrusion, fracking, soil, air and groundwater contamination issues, and the most efficient and practical solution to potentially complex environmental problems facing the regulated community.
J.D., DePaul University College of Law
B.A. in Political Science and Government, cum laude, Michigan State University
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Duane Morris LLP
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Mayer, Brown & Platt
Justice Daniel P. Ward, Supreme Court of Illinois
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney
The Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law (2021-2024), Litigation-Environmental (2021-2024)
Best Lawyers Illinois, Environmental Law (2021, 2022), Litigation-Environmental (2021, 2022)
Best Lawyers Chicago, Environmental Law (2021, 2022), Litigation-Environmental (2021, 2022)
Illinois Super Lawyer, Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine (2005, 2007, 2012-2016, 2020, 2022-2023)
Top Attorneys in Illinois, Environmental Law (2013)
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Illinois Leading Lawyer (Environmental) (2004-2016)
Midwest Real Estate News
Leading Lawyer (Real Estate) (2017)
Leading Lawyer (Environmental) (2012)
The Daily Herald
Leading Suburban Lawyer, Business Law (2016)
“The Advent of Climate Change Litigation Against Corporate Defendants,” BNA Environmental Reporter, Vol. 35, No. 45, November 12, 2004.
“Liability for LUSTS: An Illinois Perspective,” 88 Illinois Bar Journal, 556 (October 1998).