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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 is successful because she creatively - and with cost sensitivity - partners with her clients to resolve complicated legal disputes both inside and outside of the courtroom. She handles complex environmental matters, including trials and appeals, across the country. As a veteran environmental lawyer, Jane has assisted clients facing environmental criminal and civil administrative and judicial enforcement cases under the CAA, CWA, CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, OSHA, FIFRA, EPCRA, etc. and their state equivalents, and has both pursued and defended against private party cost recovery, contribution, nuisance, medical monitoring, property damage, and citizen suit litigation. Jane is knowledgeable and ready to assist clients in the areas of emerging contaminants (PFAs/PFOs), fracking, climate change, cannabis, biotech and more. Jane was instrumental in winning several path-making CERCLA judicial decisions including the rights for non-settling parties to intervene and challenge settlements between the EPA and other private parties, a corporate officer’s freedom from personal liability absent direct involvement in a polluting activity, and the rejection of liability for sellers of reusable electrical transformers insulated with PCB containing fluid. Jane has also recovered attorney fees for multiple clients in cases where they were wrongfully sued and/or were denied a defense by their insurance carriers. As a volunteer, Jane serves as a Disciplinary Hearing Officer for Missouri’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. She is a frequent author, panelist, public speaker, as well as a long-time pro bono legal service-provider, community volunteer, and mentor for more junior attorneys.
  • Won a three-day CERCLA bench trial on behalf of a Virginia property owner against an adjacent mining company who was held liable as an Operator at the facility. The defendant had for years denied responsibility for payment of response costs to address releases and threats of releases of hazardous substances into downstream waterways from lead and zinc mine tailings.
  • Won the denial of a Motion to Approve a Partial Settlement Agreement in a CERCLA Contribution case that had proposed cutting-off our client’s cross claims and limiting our ability to put on a defense at trial.
  • 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.
eAlerts Updates
January 11, 2019
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Superfund Report: EPA Guide to Speed Superfund Remedial Design Receives Mixed Reaction
July 30, 2018
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August 7, 2018
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American Bar Association
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