Brian Dodds

Associate ( Chicago )

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Businesses and landowners facing allegations of pollution turn to Brian Dodds for representation in environmental enforcement actions and related court proceedings.

Brian focuses his practice on environmental law, assisting clients with enforcement, permitting, rulemaking, and compliance issues before both state and federal courts and administrative agencies. With a perspective informed by three years of judicial clerkship experience, Brian delivers compelling and persuasive arguments that protect his clients’ interests and help them achieve their larger business goals. Brian has drafted numerous dispositive motions in state and federal courts, managed written discovery, taken and defended depositions, and assisted in drafting appellate briefs before the Illinois Appellate Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Clients value Brian’s skill as a legal researcher and writer. His adept examinations of complex regulatory systems and the policy choices behind them help business leaders make decisions with clarity and certainty.

Brian also has experience in health care defense litigation, including medical and dental malpractice, nursing home liability, and professional liability matters.



Hon. Mary L. Mikva, Illinois Appellate Court, First District (2017-2019)
Hon. Celia G. Gamrath, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division (2016-2017)

Representative Engagements

  • Represented a major energy corporation in a commercial fraud case in state court.
  • Represented multiple companies in enforcement proceedings brought by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Drafted successful appellate briefs for a utility company in an easement dispute.



      Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2016, cum laude
      Managing Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review
      Executive Articles Editor, Journal of Environmental and Energy Law
      Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law
      Dean's List
      CALI Excellence for Administrative Law Award
      CALI Excellence for Environmental Law & Policy Award
      CALI Excellence for Legal Writing Award
      CALI Excellence for Trial Advocacy Award
      CALI Excellence for Water Resources Law Award
      Vice President, Moot Court Honor Society

      University of Illinois, M.A., Political Science, 2008
      Fellow, Civic Leadership Program

      University of Illinois, B.A., English Literature, 2006

      Bar Admissions


      Professional Memberships

      Appellate Lawyers Association
      Chicago Bar Association
      Illinois State Bar Association


      Publications & Presentations

      “Corporate Death Cut-Off Claims: Oakridge Healthcare and Successor Nonliability,” (author) HeplerBroom Blog (November 5, 2020)
      “Climate Risk & ESG Standards: The Intersection of Environmental Regulation and Corporate Disclosure,” (speaker) Perrin Conferences Environmental Risk & Litigation Conference (June 29, 2021)
      “The US Supreme Court’s Decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund: How Does This Affect My Company and What Happens Next?,” (panelist) Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group Webinar (June 11, 2020)
      “Supreme Court: Groundwater Discharges to Navigable Waters Require a Permit When ‘Functionally Equivalent’ to a Direct Discharge,” (author) HeplerBroom Blog (April 23, 2020)
      “Midwest Generation Seeks Reconsideration of Pollution Control Board Ruling Constricting Effective Period of Groundwater Management Zones to Duration of Active Remedial Work,” (co-author) HeplerBroom Blog (October 15, 2019)