Member Information

Robert M. Olian


294 Delta Rd
Highland Park, IL60035

I started envADR after my 2016 retirement from Sidley Austin LLP, where I began practicing in 1977. At Sidley, I headed the Chicago Environmental practice group and was co-leader of the firm’s national Environmental practice from 1994 until I retired. I  am a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and served on the ACOEL Executive Committee from 2015-2018. I am a Board member of the Chicago chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, was a member of the N.D. Ill. Trial Bar until retirement, and was listed in the top tier of Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America when I was practicing law.  Best Lawyers named me 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Chicago Litigation – Environmental and 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Chicago – Environmental. I am listed for my environmental expertise is Who’s Who Legal: Environment 2012-2021 and am recognized among leading mediators in the 2019-2021 editions of Who’s Who Legal: Mediation.  I have spoken about environmental mediation to groups at ABA SEER, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Chicago Bar Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Work Phone:

EPA Region:
Region 5 – (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)
Year of induction:
• Harvard Law School (J.D., 1977) • Harvard Kennedy School (M.P.P., 1977) • Harvard University (A.B., 1973, cum laude)
• Illinois (retired)
Court Admissions:
When in private practice: • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - Trial Bar • U.S. District Court, C.D. of Illinois • U.S. District Court, S.D. of Illinois
Professional Societies and Organizations:
Association for Conflict Resolution - Chicago, board member