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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Mr. Sheldon was the Chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Division in the early 1970s, supervising 20 lawyers and a staff of investigators in the representation of the State and the Illinois EPA. His work in environmental enforcement began in January 1972, before several of the major federal laws governing the subject were even enacted. He supervised a docket of hundreds of proceedings that involved air, water, and land pollution cases.

His Division was responsible for the establishment of precedent on the federal common law of water pollution in interstate waters, in cases such as Illinois v. Milwaukee, and it successfully urged the Supreme Court to require rules on prevention of significant deterioration as part of the Clean Air Act regulatory scheme (Sierra Club et al v. Ruckelshaus).  He tried environmental enforcement matters in court and in administrative proceedings; he also argued a number of cases on appeal in both State and Federal court.

Mr. Sheldon was also the Regional Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 (Midwest Region) office in Chicago. As such, he was the principal USEPA attorney for six Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Mr. Sheldon worked with state legislatures on the adoption of state water laws and programs under the Clean Water Act. He assisted enforcement attorneys and United States’ attorneys in important enforcement actions. He also recommended improvements in the legislative criteria for federal grants to upgrade public water treatment plants, and he advised the Regional Administrator on numerous issues.

Once back in private practice, Mr. Sheldon served for a time as Special Counsel to the Illinois Department of Mines & Minerals, helping that Department develop the State’s surface coal mining regulation program.  He also designed and taught environmental law courses in two Chicago law schools.  His early public service experience Mr. Sheldon’s public service experience included work as an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Illinois Attorney General’s office, where he participated in investigations and sought civil remedies against official corruption and organized crime.

Civic Affiliations
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, Board of Directors Former Member

Former Director, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and  Environmental Regulation Committee, Chairman (for many years).

Air & Waste Management Association, member.

Law Practice

Mr.  Sheldon is currently a partner in the law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where he concentrates primarily in environmental law.  While based in Chicago, both his law and mediation practice are nationwide. He is a graduate of Harvard University Law School (1968), and Amherst College (1965).

Mr. Sheldon has been designated a “Leading Lawyer” Neutral for Environmental, Real Estate, and Construction matters by the Leading Lawyers division of Law Bulleting Publishing Company. This designation is made by a survey of lawyers statewide in Illinois.

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