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.
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.