Gary S. Rovner


Gary S. Rovner is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of environmental law, including related litigation and regulatory compliance. Gary’s client services combine a thorough, substantive knowledge of federal and state environmental regulatory schemes with extensive experience in general and environmental litigation. Drawing on that experience, Gary counsels clients from a broad range of industries in compliance matters related to federal, state, and local environmental laws. He is Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group and a member of both the firm’s Environmental Regulation Practice and the Automotive Team.

Gary has extensive experience defending environmental and toxic tort litigation matters before administrative bodies and state and federal courts. He has played a key role in the successful defense and settlement of a number of groundwater contamination cases, including wrongful death and multi-party and class action lawsuits involving questions of causation and damages alleged to result from contaminant exposure.

Gary also assists clients in assessing and negotiating a wide range of environmental risk and regulatory issues as part of larger corporate mergers, acquisitions, real estate transfers, and bankruptcy workouts.

Awards and Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Environmental Law (2021-2024) and Natural Resources Law (2023-2024)


  • Serving as an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches “Structuring Transactions — Environmental Law”
15 February 2024 Deals and Wins

Foley Advises Mitsubishi Corporation on Strategic Partnership with Elemental Holding for Platinum Group Metals Recycling

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to Mitsubishi Corporation on its strategic partnership with Elemental Holding SA for platinum group metals recycling.
26 October 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Advises Skyline Champion in Acquisition of Regional Homes

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to Skyline Champion Corporation of Troy, Michigan, a leading producer of factory-built housing in North America, in its acquisition of Regional Homes, a manufactured and modular housing company built by Heath Jenkins of Mississippi.
19 October 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents Jelly Belly Candy Company in its Sale to Ferrara Candy Company

Foley & Lardner LLP advised Jelly Belly Candy Company in its agreement to be sold to Ferrara Candy Company.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
16 February 2023 Article

Why You Should Pay Attention to the Revised, Broadened ASTM Standard for Phase I Environmental Assessments

On December 15, 2022, the United States EPA published a notice of a Final Rule approving the use of a new American Society for Testing & Materials standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.
29 August 2022 Article

U.S. EPA Proposes to Designate PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances under CERCLA, Bringing Superfund Back Into the Discussion

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has released its long-anticipated Proposed Rule to designate the “forever” chemicals PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund).