Areas Of Practice
- Environmental Law
After a successful career at Continental Bank, Mr. Biederman began his legal career. Mr. Biederman’s business experience served him well in managing complex environmental transactions and litigation. Focusing on complex toxic tort and environmental issues early in his legal career, Mr. Biederman became a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, and was in charge of that firm’s Environmental Litigation Group in Chicago. While at Hinshaw & Culbertson, Mr. Biederman handled many types of environmental matters and assisted major clients on a national level in managing environmental legacy claims.
In 1998, Mr. Biederman transferred his environmental practice to the law firm of Chuhak & Tecson. Mr. Biederman was Chair of Chuhak’s Litigation Department. During this time, Mr. Biederman represented The Lockformer Company, located in Lisle, Illinois. Mr. Biederman was lead trial counsel in the case of LeClercq v. Lockformer Company, a class action toxic tort case. In this case, the plaintiff class argued that trichloroethylene, a common degreasing solvent that was spilled on Lockformer property, entered the groundwater and contaminated residential wells. The defense of Lockformer involved a thorough forensic investigation that included experts in Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Environmental Fate Assessment and Environmental Transport Assessment.
Throughout his career, Mr. Biederman has represented many companies in the administration of environmental legacy sites throughout the country. This process requires the coordination of state and federal regulatory agencies as well as environmental contractors and experts. The goal of resolving legacy matters is to obtain a “No Further Remediation” status. Oftentimes this involves pursuing cost recovery actions to recover against the original party that contaminated the property. Another important aspect of this process is to evaluate the available insurance coverage and tender the case to the insurance carrier to protect the client from substantial claims.
Mr. Biederman resides in Downers Grove, and is the father of four children. He spends much of his time in support of the Les Turner Foundation to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
- United States Supreme Court, 1990
- Illinois Supreme Court, 1986
- Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General and Trial Bar, 1986
- Unites States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1986
- Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1992
- Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 1993
- DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1986
- DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1982
- M.A., Economics
- DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1979
- B.S., Finance
Past Employment Positions
- Treasury Officer, Continental Bank, 1979-1986