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 an environmental law textbook (now in its fifth edition) 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 US Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts.
Mr. Graham has repeatedly been recognized for his professional accomplishments. The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice awarded him its Commitment to Justice and Community Action Award in 2006; the League of Women Voters awarded him its Citizen of Action Award in 2008; the Harvard Law School Society of Illinois in 2010 awarded him its Role Model Award; and the Environmental Law and Policy Center honored him in 2013 as one of its original three founders. Chambers USA has praised Jenner & Block’s Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law Practice, which Mr. Graham also founded, as a "powerhouse with significant prowess in litigation" that is also "sought out for its advice on transactional and compliance-related matters, including environmental health and safety issues." Noting that Mr. Graham is "preeminent in his field," Chambers USA also found that clients describe Mr. Graham as "a master of relating to the regulatory authorities."
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; for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; for the board of advisors of Shepard's Environmental Liability In Commercial Transactions Reporter; and for the Institute for Psychoanalysis. 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. He was profiled in 2013 by the ELI Insider, a publication of the Environmental Law Institute Leadership Council. From 2000-2004, he also served as the Managing Partner of Jenner & Block.