Jennifer A. Van Wie

Special Counsel


Jennifer Van Wie is a special counsel and an environmental business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she advises clients on state and federal environmental regulations and laws concerning air, water, and land pollution, including matters specific to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Jennifer has focused her practice exclusively on environmental issues for over 13 years.

Jennifer helped secure the first Plantwide Applicability Limit (PAL) permit in Wisconsin, for Bemis Co. Inc. A PAL permit applies an annual emissions limit for pollutants to an entire facility, eliminating the need for multiple limits throughout the facility and more crucially, allowing companies to avoid going through the time-consuming NSR permitting process each time it expands operations.

Prior to joining Foley, Jennifer was an Assistant Attorney General with the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She has handled significant cases such as brokering a settlement in the People v. Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Co., which dealt with air, water, and natural resource damages resulting from the derailment of a train carrying denatured ethanol and resulted in the largest fish kill in Illinois history. She was also instrumental in the People v. City of Markham, the largest discovered open dump in Illinois, in obtaining an injunction to ensure that on-going open dumping ceased and necessary safeguards were implemented to deter future dumping.


Jennifer graduated from Vermont Law School with a law degree (J.D. 2002) as well as a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law (2003). She completed her undergraduate studies in public policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University (B.S. 1999).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Jennifer is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and Illinois. Jennifer is also registered to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a former member of the Chicago Bar Association and its Environmental Law Committee, and previously held roles with the committee as vice-chair (2005-2009) and co-chair (2004-2005).

Selected Presentations

  • Panelist, “The Importance of Keeping Government Accountable for Clean & Safe Water,” hosted by the Illinois Campaign For Political Reform (July 27, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Legal Enforcement of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Requirements – Review of Cases,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Rockford Region Annual MS4 Seminar (December 11, 2014)
  • Panelist, Trial Advocacy for U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Attorneys (June 11, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Construction and Industrial Site Inspection Requirements of MS4,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Rockford Region Annual MS4 Seminar (December 13, 2013)
  • Presenter, “Legal Requirements for MS4 Inspection Authority,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Rockford Region Annual Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Seminar (December 12, 2012)