David Rieser has more than three decades of experience advising clients in all areas of environmental law, including legislative, regulatory, compliance and law enforcement matters, corporate, commercial and real estate transactions, governmental and private cost-recovery actions, environmental insurance coverage, and remediation of contaminated sites. Mr. Rieser serves Fortune 100 and mid-sized companies operating in a broad range of industries, including power generation, chemicals, petroleum, steel, food and consumer products, financial services, and waste management.
In the legislative and regulatory arena, Mr. Rieser has represented trade associations, industry groups, and individual companies in numerous matters involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). He also represented power generating companies in permitting and administrative proceedings, and prepared responses to agency requests for information regarding Clean Air Act (CAA) issues.
Mr. Rieser has served as a voice for clients in drafting and negotiating regulations in Illinois, won site-specific regulatory relief from the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB), negotiated federal corrective action orders for hazardous waste facilities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), served as common counsel for potentially responsible parties in actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and obtained no further remediation letters (NFR) under the Illinois Site remediation Program (SRP) for a number of developer and industrial clients with contaminated properties. Mr. Rieser also represents clients in matters involving the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), including enforcement issues and lease negotiations.
Mr. Rieser regularly counsels buyers and sellers of commercial and industrial property and businesses as well as their lenders on the assessment and allocation of environmental risks of the transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of assets valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Recent transactions have involved assets located in Europe and the United States, and include deals for contaminated and other properties requiring environmental remediation.
An experienced litigator, Mr. Rieser has argued cases in federal and state courts, including a recent victory in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in which he represented a coalition seeking to preserve commercial navigation in the Chicago waterways. Other matters have included cost recovery and enforcement actions.
Mr. Rieser serves on the Illinois Site Remediation Advisory Committee, a stakeholder group that works with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on the development of regulations for the remediation of contaminated sites. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lake Michigan Section of the A&WMA, and was chairman of the local host committee for the A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Chicago in 2013.
Mr. Rieser serves as an adjunct professor in the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is regularly sought as a speaker before trade associations and industry groups, where he lectures on a broad range of environmental topics. Recent presentations have described current developments relating to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the use and protection of waterways and water resources, as well as wastewater discharges, climate change, EPA regulations, and carbon and other greenhouse gases.
Similarly, Mr. Rieser is the author of numerous published articles, book chapters, and client alerts that analyze and discuss recent legislative, judicial, and regulatory trends. In these publications, Mr. Rieser has helped clients and others better understand issues such as protection of trade secrets in greenhouse gas reporting, EPA waste rules involving biomass and other alternative fuels, Supreme Court and federal appellate court decisions, pharmaceutical waste management, brownfield remediation, ozone standards, coal ash rules, and environmental due diligence requirements.