Linda E. Benfield is the managing partner of the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP, and is an environmental lawyer with the firm. Linda has over 30 years of experience in litigation and counseling in all aspects of environmental law, including air and water permitting and compliance issues, and solid and hazardous waste handling and disposal.
She has extensive experience on the cutting edge of Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, and RCRA enforcement, as well as citizen suit litigation, settlement strategies, and related cost recovery, insurance coverage, and indemnity disputes.
She is a member and former chair of the Environmental Regulation Practice. She is also a member of the firm’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice and the Manufacturing Industry Team.
Linda’s recent cases and administrative proceedings include the defense of numerous complaints by U.S. EPA or state environmental agencies alleging air emissions or “new source review” violations, representation of clients in U.S. EPA multi-media audits, and prosecution and defense of citizen suit actions and cost recovery actions in federal and state courts.
Linda also advises clients regarding the variety of issues involved in the redevelopment, sale, or other transfer of contaminated properties.
Education : Linda graduated from Colorado College (1981 B.A., summa cum laude) and earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago (1985).
Linda is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Colorado and the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to practice before numerous federal courts, including the district court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Western District of Wisconsin.
Representative Matters :
- Represented the University of Illinois at Chicago in its relationship with the private party developer of University Village and in connection with its retail leasing. University Village is a new neighborhood consisting of 900 new residential units and blocks of new retail properties.
- In 2007, the project received the Phoenix Award for Community Impact. Foley also has counseled the University for its tax increment financing issues and in connection with the development agreements and restrictive covenants in play between the University and the adjacent private housing.
- The representation includes all aspects of environmental remediation, including the allocation of costs between the parties and negotiations with the state regarding remediation standards and schedules.
- Foley continues to represent the University for these development matters as well as landlord tenant litigation, lease tax matters and general real estate counseling.
- Represented two parties in contribution actions filed under CERCLA. This cleanup matter is estimated to cost over $1 billion.
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