Lisa S. Zebovitz is co-chair of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg’s Environmental practice group. Lisa has extensive experience representing both the government and private sectors in complex litigation and administrative proceedings involving environmental issues in the areas of solid and hazardous wastes, mold, underground tanks, toxic substances, pesticides, water, air and federal procurement. She is uniquely situated to provide cost-effective and practical counsel given that her many years of in-house corporate and government experience allow her to appreciate issues from the client’s perspective, as well as from the government’s.
Lisa’s sophisticated national practice includes Superfund and cost recovery, toxic tort litigation, enforcement actions in federal, state and administrative forums, arbitrations and mediations, due diligence evaluations, environmental compliance auditing, record retention policies, contract and bid reviews, air, water, solid waste landfill and RCRA Part B permitting, insurance coverage, statutory and regulatory analysis and regulation drafting. Counseling clients on compliance issues associated with environmental laws and regulations is a significant component of her practice.
Lisa also works with transactional attorneys and consultants to help clients assess and manage environmental risks and liabilities arising in the course of transactions. Her increasing involvement in “green” issues on behalf of her clients is reflected in her article in FORUM magazine, “Behind the Buzzwords: What Does Green Really Mean?” Lisa is the chairperson of the firm’s Green Committee and also advises clients on “green” and sustainability issues. She is also a certified mediator, having been awarded a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Mediation Training from DePaul University, Center for Dispute Resolution.
Since 2011, Chambers USA has ranked Lisa as a leading attorney within “Environment: Litigation.” She is AV Peer Review Rated (the highest possible rating) via the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and is also included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Her peers Global Law Experts, an online resource for locating specialist legal advisers, named Lisa as “Environment Litigation Attorney of the Year in Illinois” for 2014.
Before joining the firm, Lisa obtained significant government enforcement experience as an environmental attorney for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Regions III and V and substantial corporate experience for Waste Management, Inc., where she was Senior Environmental Counsel.