Jenner & Block

Allison A. Torrence is a member of the firm’s Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law Practice as well as the Climate and Clean Technology Law Practice.  She has significant experience in environmental litigation, working on cases involving toxic torts, CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act, among other matters.  In addition to her environmental litigation work, Allison advises clients on a variety of workplace health and safety issues, including dealing with state and federal regulators following workplace injuries and inspections.  She also represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes relating to environmental issues and counsels clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters arising under state and federal regulatory schemes.

Allison’s environmental litigation experience includes significant work on the following cases:

  • Personal injury toxic tort litigation involving approximately 60 plaintiffs.
  • Property damage toxic tort litigation involving over 100 residences.
  • Several CERCLA cost recovery cases dealing with a number of private parties and governmental entities.
  • Representing the City of Chicago in a preliminary injunction hearing in a public nuisance case in connection with the O’Hare Modernization Program.
  • Clean Air Act permitting litigation and appeal.
  • Clean Water Act enforcement litigation.

Allison also uses her experience to aid clients in environmental, health and safety audits and in performing environmental due diligence for complex corporate transactions.  Her corporate experience includes significant work on the following transactions:

  • 2009 sale of substantially all of General Motors’ assets to a newly formed entity sponsored by the U.S. Treasury in connection with General Motors' voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11.
  • Lonza Group’s $1.2 Billion acquisition of Arch Chemicals.
  • General Dynamics’ acquisition of Force Protection, Inc., a blast-protected combat vehicle manufacturer.

Allison has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star,” as one of the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.  She was also recognized by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association with the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service for her work on the Environmental Law Committee.  Active in the Chicago Bar Association, she serves as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee.  Allison also serves as an appointed member of the City of Wheaton Environmental Improvement Commission.

Allison is an editor of the Corporate Environmental Lawyer Blog, providing breaking environmental and health and safety updates that are of interest to the corporate counsel community.