April 20, 2016

Much Shelist is pleased to announce the addition of Ed Walsh, an accomplished attorney with more than 25 years of environmental law experience, as a Principal in the firm’s Real Estate and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice groups.  

Walsh will focus his practice on environmental law and will continue to represent and advise clients across a variety of industries on mergers, sales, acquisitions, financings and disputed matters. Among other recent matters, Walsh defeated at trial a developer’s attempt to force payment for alleged pollution from a prior owner through an environmental “citizen suit.” On the transactional side, he recently provided counsel to a company in securing a $1 billion syndicated borrowing base credit facility and to a large Chinese entity on its first real estate investment in Chicago. Walsh has counseled purchasers, sellers, investors, and borrowers throughout the United States and abroad on environmental due diligence, contract negotiations, financings and post-closing issues, including indemnity claims. He has tried cases in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals across the country.

Walsh has also advised clients on a wide variety of environmental compliance and enforcement matters at the state and federal levels. He has provided counsel in multiple industry sectors on all of the major federal environmental statutes (CERCLA, RCRA, CAA, CWA, TSCA, FIFRA) and numerous state statutory schemes regarding air emissions, waste disposal, water and storm water discharges. He has also represented employers with regard to workplace safety requirements under OSHA, such as process safety management, asbestos abatement and citations.

“We are pleased to welcome Ed to Much Shelist,” said Edward D. Shapiro, Chair of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. “His extensive background in litigation and counseling, involving a broad range of environmental and real estate issues, in connection with impacted sites and alleged violations of law, will enhance our offerings to clients and further advance our practice group’s forward-thinking strategy.”

Walsh is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as a Top Illinois Lawyer in the area of Environmental Law (2004 – 2016). In his spare time, he provides pro bono legal services to the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Center for Disability and Elder Law. Walsh received a bachelor of science in Business-Economics from Southern Illinois University and a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.