Alexander J. Bandza, an associate in the firm’s Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law and Energy Practices, has a broad-based environmental and energy litigation and counseling practice.
Regarding environmental matters, Mr. Bandza’s litigation experience includes the defense of: toxic tort and wrongful death claims arising out of alleged environmental and workplace exposures; CERCLA, RCRA and common law claims arising out of alleged environmental contamination; and OSHA citation and enforcement actions arising out of alleged workplace harms or exposures. His counseling experience includes evaluating environmental and workplace health and safety issues in the context of corporate transactions and advising on environmental and consumer product regulations. Mr. Bandza’s investigations experience includes evaluating alleged environmental misconduct in federal criminal investigations.
Regarding energy matters, Mr. Bandza has significant experience in filings with and litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including several matters under the Federal Power Act specific to renewable energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency, reactive power, and energy transmission. Mr. Bandza also advises on the energy regulatory-related aspects of corporate transactions, especially in the private equity space.
Regarding pro bono matters, Mr. Bandza has an active practice that broadly includes litigating matters of pressing public concern to Illinois and the Midwest generally, such as litigation in support of environmental non-profits and health justice advocacy groups.
He is a vice chair for two committees of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He serves as a founding or other board member of the Associates Committee (Cal. NFP), PracticePro LLC, and Young Professionals in Energy Chicago. Before Jenner & Block, Mr. Bandza was an associate at Exponent, Inc., a scientific consulting firm, where he supported expert witnesses in economics, statistics, epidemiology, and toxicology.
Mr. Bandza received his J.D. in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was a six-time American Jurisprudence Award and two-time Prosser Prize recipient. He received his B.A. in economics in 2008 from Stanford University, graduating with interdisciplinary honors in environmental science, technology and policy.