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John C. Berghoff

John C. Berghoff

Senior Counsel
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"...has the ability to master and litigate large complex cases relating to mining, railroads and insurance...commended for his 'utter commitment when serving his clients' interests."

Chambers USA 2006

John Berghoff is a nationally recognized litigator who represents clients in trials and appeals at both state and federal levels. His practice concentrates on complex environmental and toxic tort litigation, environmental management, and responses to corporate crisis situations.   In his corporate counseling he provides knowledgeable guidance to clients on the environmental issues that affect mergers, financings, and major real estate developments throughout the United States.

Chambers USA 2007 recently noted that John is “. . . described by peers as ‘a superb lawyer.’” Chambers’ editors also observed that John “. . . has the ability to master and litigate large, complex cases relating to mining, railroads and insurance,” and commended him for “. . . his utter commitment when serving his clients’ interests” (2006).

John’s practice has a strong emphasis in matters involving hazardous materials.  He has litigated both jury and bench trials nationwide relating to the effects of toxic materials exposure on behalf of manufacturers, refineries, and transportation and mining companies.  He also counsels clients on response actions relating to PCB and dioxin contamination and negotiates with the US EPA on these issues.   Regarding the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, John advises clients on disposal of hazardous waste, permit requirements, and closure.

John also advises clients on such environmental regulatory issues as these:

Wetlands — He counsels real estate developers, purchasers and mining companies on wetlands issues related to permitting.

Clean Air Act — He evaluates various industrial facilities and the need for Clean Air Act permits on both state and federal levels; prepares permits and represents clients before regulatory agencies throughout permit-development and permit-approval processes.

Federal Water Pollution Control Act (NPDES Permit System) — He counsels clients on issues regarding point source discharge of pollutants under the NPDES system; negotiates with state and federal environmental agencies on behalf of clients; and prepares the complex forms required under NPDES.

State Environmental Statutes — He represents clients dealing with state environmental regulatory agencies (e.g., the Illinois Pollution Control Board); provides effective counsel during government hearings and investigations; and advises clients regarding development of key environmental and regulatory legislation.
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