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  • Education
    • J.D., Washington University-St. Louis School of Law, 1988, Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law
    • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1984
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2012
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1989
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2013
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1993
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1995
Jane Fedder serves as the firm’s Vice Chair of the Environmental practice group. Jane solves complex problems for her clients who are based all across the country. Jane has first chair trial and appellate experience involving claims arising from the generation, storage, discharge or release of hazardous substances to air, water and land. 

Jane regularly represents clients before state and federal agencies including the United States Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has successfully pursued and defended against actions filed by governmental entities, property owners and potentially responsible parties. Jane has also had considerable success in recovering substantial awards, including attorney fees, from insurance companies for coverage of environmental claims. She is recognized for her advocacy, strategic thinking, and courtroom skills, particularly in cases involving multiple parties and millions of dollars in cleanup costs. She has successfully negotiated no-dollar and low-dollar settlements for clients facing potential multi-million dollar liability as well as favorable terms in administrative orders and consent decrees.  

Jane has won precedent setting cases against the United States Department of Justice, including one in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals which for the first time recognized the rights of non-settling potentially responsible parties to intervene and challenge entry of a proposed Consent Decree between the government and other PRPs. In another precedent setting case in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court agreed with Jane's argument that business owners/officers could not be held personally liable under CERCLA absent their direct involvement in the disposal of hazardous waste. Jane also serves as a Disciplinary Hearing Officer for Missouri's attorney discipline program.
  • Served as first chair trial attorney for a three day bench trial on behalf of a lumber company. Claims at issue included CERCLA past owner liability and current operator liability, successor liability, and allocation of responsibility for the deposit, discharge, and remediation of lead and zinc mine tailings from the property currently owned by the client and where the defendant mined agricultural lime.
  • Defending a Fortune 100 Company in a multi-party cost recovery claim for a vapor intrusion remedy allegedly necessitated by disposal of hazardous substances at a landfill in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Obtained no-dollar and low-dollar settlements and dismissals with prejudice for 18 clients in two multi-party, multi-million dollar CERCLA contribution lawsuits alleging liability for arranging for the disposal of hazardous substances via the sales of used electrical transformers allegedly insulated with polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oil.
  • Won an award of $200,000 in attorney’s fees for client as sanctions for Plaintiff’s filing a frivolous CERCLA lawsuit; recently affirmed on appeal by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Extricated a Virginia land owner from threatened Clean Water Act responsibility concerning storm water runoff through abandoned tailings, pipes, and culverts that run between stream branches.
  • Aided beneficiaries of inherited Iowa farmland, containing abandoned municipal land-fill, in negotiations with EPA and potentially responsible parties for clean-up of the property.
  • Developed strategy and pursued declaratory judgment and breach of contract actions against two excess insurers for failure to defend and indemnify pipeline owner in litigation stemming from an underground plume in Hartford, Ill.  The court recently awarded the client summary judgment.
  • Represented Missouri Legal Ethics Counsel in preventing disclosure of a confidential advisory opinion provided to a criminal defense attorney.
  • Won summary judgment for two electrical utilities against the United States Department of Justice in a CERCLA case where the court agreed that the sales of used transformers for purposes of resale were not arrangements for the disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Won summary judgment in two environmental insurance cases in which the court agreed that Ace Insurance Company had breached its duty to defend our clients against actions brought by the Illinois EPA and private parties for the cleanup of former landfills in Sauget, Ill. The court held that the insurer’s failure to timely and fully defend our clients resulted in Ace being estopped from asserting all coverage defenses, including the absolute pollution exclusion.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order in Illinois Circuit Court prohibiting an Alabama attorney from soliciting personal injury clients in southern Illinois in violation of the prohibition against the unauthorized practice of law and forcing removal of his “Toxic Waste Lawsuit” billboard advertisement.
  • On appeal, won the right for nonsettling potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) to intervene to challenge entry of consent decree between the U.S. government and settling PRPs concerning the cleanup of a Superfund site in Cape Girardeau, Mo. This was the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to so rule, and it did so in the face of many district court decisions holding there was no such right of intervention.
  • On appeal, won argument to limit the scope of officer/shareholder liability under CERCLA. This was the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to rule that a plaintiff asserting claim for operator liability under CERCLA must allege that corporate managers directly and personally engaged in conduct that led to specific environmental damage.
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Superfund Report: EPA Guide to Speed Superfund Remedial Design Receives Mixed Reaction
Bloomberg
July 30, 2018
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August 7, 2018
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March 14, 2018
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Featured in Inside EPA
July 21, 2017
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Strafford Live Webinar
April 11, 2017
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Learn from our Mistakes: Do’s and Don’ts of Trial Practice from Top Women Litigators
Judges' Plenary Panel Moderator, Women of the Section of Litigation Conference
November 13, 2015
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November 13, 2015
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Public Policy & Environmental | Environmental Risks For Business
St. Louis; Business Law Institute - CLE
June 2015
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50 Food Industry Points in 50 Minutes
May 19, 2015
eAlerts Alerts
March 2, 2015