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Francis Xavier Lyons
Frank Lyons

ArentFox Schiff LLP

233 S Wacker Dr., Suite 7100
Chicago, IL 60606

Frank provides strategic counseling in sophisticated environmental law matters, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance under state and federal statutes. He has experience advising diverse businesses on matters involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). He provides counsel on government enforcement actions, citizens suits, permit negotiations and appeals, project development, brownfield redevelopment, corporate investigations, environmental compliance audits and due diligence. His firsthand experience and familiarity with environmental regulation and enforcement position him as a valuable adviser and advocate for his clients. Before entering private practice, Frank developed a thorough understanding of environmental law through a variety of significant government positions, such as Regional Administrator of USEPA Region 5, the Great Lakes Region. Clients benefit from the broader perspective, and experience in implementing public policy, he gained in this position. Earlier, Frank honed his litigation skills as a trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the DOJ, and prior to that, in the Illinois Attorney Generals Office. His experience as an enforcement attorney provides him with a unique understanding of environmental regulatory processes.

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EPA Region:
Region 5 – (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)
Year of induction:
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1988 University of Minnesota, B.A., 1984
Court Admissions:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association Chicago Bar Association Air and Waste Management Association, Lake Michigan States Section