Robert L. Graham is a nationally recognized authority on environmental, health, safety, natural resources, and energy matters. He literally helped to write the book on these issues, co-authoring the environmental law textbook that is widely used in many of the nation’s law schools. Mr. Graham also has broad experience in contractual and business tort disputes, RICO and fraud litigation, securities litigation, civil rights matters and class action litigation. He has represented clients in trial, regulatory, and transactional settings before federal and state courts and agencies across the country, and has handled appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts.
Mr. Graham has repeatedly been recognized for his professional accomplishments, including his service as a past Managing Partner of Jenner & Block (from 2000-2004). The League of Women Voters awarded him their Citizen of Action Award in 2008, and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice awarded him its Commitment to Justice and Community Action Award in 2006. Chambers USA has also praised Jenner & Block’s Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law Practice, which Mr. Graham founded, as a major market presence with an exceptional reputation, whose lawyers have strong business acumen and risk management skills.
Mr. Graham is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He has served as a board member for the Environmental Law Institute, for the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions, and for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He has also served on the board of advisors of Shepard's Environmental Liability In Commercial Transactions Reporter, chaired bar association committees on environmental law, lectured on matters of environmental concern at numerous conferences and seminars, served as editor of Illinois Environmental Laws and Regulations, and written extensively on environmental law issues. He has more than a decade of experience teaching environmental law at both Northwestern University School of Law and Loyola University School of Law. For 15 years, he was a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions.