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Troutman Sanders Adds Environmental and Business Litigation Partners to Chicago Office


Troutman Sanders LLP announced today the addition of Environmental partners Sue Charles and Russ Eggert and Business Litigation partner Trent Cornell. The group, to be based in the firm’s Chicago office, previously practiced at Lathrop & Gage LLP.

Charles and Eggert represent clients nationwide on diverse environmental matters. Their collective experience addresses environmental risk in corporate mergers and acquisitions and project development, and covers a multitude of complex environmental litigation, including class actions, and federal and state enforcement matters. Charles focuses on environmental due diligence, regulatory and transactional issues. Eggert focuses on environmental litigation and toxic torts. A trial lawyer focused on complex business and environmental and financial restructuring litigation, Cornell is recognized nationally for his courtroom work representing retiree groups and trustees in large bankruptcy claims for tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Sue, Russ and Trent are first-rate lawyers with significant experience representing some of the nation’s leading companies,” said Kevin Greene, Chair of Troutman Sanders’ Energy and Regulatory Department. “Their well-known environmental law and business litigation experience fits perfectly with our already well-established strengths in energy, environmental, and business litigation.”

“With the addition of these high quality lawyers, the Troutman Chicago office continues to expand to meet the needs of our clients in the Midwest and throughout the U.S.,” said Bill Withrow, Chair of Troutman Sanders’ Litigation Department and Chicago office managing partner. “We expect the addition of Sue, Russ and Trent to our Chicago office will lead the way for other exciting groups in the near future,” noted Withrow.

"The depth and diversity of Troutman Sanders environmental team offers broad support to our clients and allows us to better meet their needs," said Cornell. “From our experience in the past, we know the quality of Troutman Sanders lawyers, and we look forward to joining the firm,” Eggert added. “The firm-wide focus on teamwork, clients and technology made the choice easy,” noted Charles.

Charles earned her J.D. from Indiana University, magna cum laude, and her bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Cornell holds his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Eggert received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois.

The Troutman Sanders environmental practice, with more than 40 lawyers nationwide, handles the full scope of environmental matters for clients across the United States. The firm’s business litigation practice has a strong record handling complex, multi-district litigation in federal, state, trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.

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Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 650 lawyers in 16 offices located throughout North America and Asia. Founded in 1897, the firm’s lawyers provide counsel and advice in practically every aspect of civil and commercial law related to the firm’s core practice areas: Corporate, Energy and Industry Regulation, Finance, Litigation and Real Estate. Firm clients range from multinational corporations to individual entrepreneurs, federal and state agencies to foreign governments, and non-profit organizations to businesses representing virtually every sector and industry. See for more information.