National law firm Polsinelli selected two St. Louis attorneys to lead its national Environmental Practice. Shareholder Chris Erker will lead the group as chair, and Shareholder Jane Fedder will provide leadership through her role as vice chair. Polsinelli’s Environmental attorneys work with businesses, stake-holders and regulators in understanding the impact of environmental laws, regulations and policies on their clients, as well as shaping laws, regulations and policies through advocacy before federal, state and local lawmakers and regulatory agencies. The group’s environmental litigators both bring and defend claims in state and federal courts across the country, including in the infamous courts of Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois.
“We’re both very honored to take on these leadership positions within our firm,’ said Erker. “We have a very strong national team of environmental attorneys across the country and we work seamlessly geographically to assist clients on what can often be challenging and complex issues.”
Polsinelli’s environmental law team is comprised of transactional, regulatory, and litigation attorneys plus policy advisors, with distinctive backgrounds in the public, private and legislative sectors. The group’s geographic reach is national and includes attorneys in Kansas City, Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago and Washington, D.C. They assist in all aspects of environmental workplace health and safety, transactional corporate, energy and natural resources law, and they litigate issues arising under local, state and federal environmental statutes.
Erker has served both local and national clients for more than 20 years, concentrating exclusively on environmental matters and health and safety matters. In 2013, Chambers USA ranked Erker as a national leader in environmental law in 2013. Throughout his career, Erker has assisted corporate clients with a wide range of environmental matters. His primary practice areas include regulatory compliance counseling, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, brownfields transactions, environmental enforcement defense, occupational safety and health counseling and defense.
Fedder has over 20 years’ experience litigating complex environmental cases and specializes in coordinating and defending large joint defense groups in Superfund matters across the country. She has been listed for multiple years as a national leader in environmental law in Chambers USA, she is also recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, and received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
“I look forward to collaborating with Chris as well as other leaders of our firm,” said Fedder. “We make it our goal to understand our clients’ business and offer them the best solutions and strongest representation available. These leadership roles will help reinforce our philosophy on providing the highest level of client service possible.”
Fedder is a frequent author and presenter and is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; American Bar Association, including the Environmental Litigation Committee and Subcommittee of Women Environmental Litigators (SWEL); Environmental Law Institute; Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE); and Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Saint Louis. She also serves the Missouri Supreme Court as an Attorney Discipline Hearing Officer. She is a member of DRI and the Missouri Defense Attorneys Association.
Fedder served on the board of directors of Voices for Children (formerly known as Court Appointed Special Advocates of St. Louis County, Inc.). In addition, she has been actively involved with the Missouri Campaign for Change’s Voter Protection Program, served as a Missouri Democratic Party Voter Protection Volunteer, and has been a member of the Pre-law Advisory Council at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.