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Susan Charles


Business Phone: 312.759.5931
Business Fax: 312.759.1939


Susan Charles counsels clients on all aspects of environmental law including regulatory compliance, risk assessment, enforcement defense and environmental litigation. She routinely advises clients with respect to spill and release reporting, hazardous waste issues, permitting, and state cleanup programs.

Sue’s regulatory compliance practice focuses on formulating and maintaining environmental management practices with respect to permitting, waste management and disposal strategies. She emphasizes litigation avoidance and the development of innovative solutions to complex legal disputes. Sue’s practice also evaluates the impact of existing and proposed environmental laws and regulations on transactions involving corporate and private equity clients and their effect on post-closing regulatory compliance. Her transactional work focuses primarily on identifying, delineating and quantifying environmental risk in corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate development/redevelopment deals, and project development. Sue has substantial experience in all major areas of environmental due diligence and contract negotiation which allows her to help clients make an informed assessment and reasonable allocation of environmental risk. Her transactional practice spans the United States and she has worked directly with regulators from, among other states, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.


  • Co-Author, "Treatment of Insurance Proceeds with the Stafford Act’s Public Assistance Grant Program," Coverage Magazine, November, December 2011.
  • Author, "Implications of Climate Change on Global Food Security," ABA Journal of Natural Resources & Environment, Summer 2011.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, Women’s Lincoln Park Zoo Board
  • Member, Board of Directors, Women In Law Empowerment Forum
  • Member, The Economic Club of Chicago
  • Member, Energy, Environment and Resources Section, American Bar Association


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
  • Boston University, B.A., English Literature, cum laude, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • California