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Anne E. Viner

WCD Group

Chicago, IL, USA


Ms. Viner is a nationally renowned environmental attorney with 20 years of experience representing corporate clients in a broad range of environmental matters, including federal and state litigation, regulatory compliance, permitting and operational issues, and finance. Anne currently is a member of the senior management team of WCD Group, LLC, where she helps clients navigate and resolve complex environmental issues in her role as Director of Environmental Risk Management. She also serves as WCD’s General Counsel. 

Anne has extensive experience at the intersection of real estate and environmental law and has advised manufacturers, consultants, developers, banks, financial institutions, and other clients regarding the risks and impact of environmental issues on transactions, investments, and other strategic initiatives. Ms. Viner is known for her proactive approach to the complex issues involved in the redevelopment of challenging Brownfields sites across the United States. As an experienced negotiator and litigator, she takes a proactive approach to the resolution of environmental issues and understands how to mitigate the risks involved for all stakeholders.

In her career, Anne has prosecuted and defended a number of environmental disputes (including class actions) on behalf of manufacturing clients in a wide range of industries. She has represented Superfund potentially responsible parties (PRPs) and has served as common counsel for a CERCLA PRP group with respect to remedy negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, implementation of landfill remedies, operations and maintenance activities, allocation determinations and contribution litigation. Anne has advised clients in the manufacturing, chemical, fuel and other industries on regulatory, compliance and day-to-day operational issues.

Anne frequently speaks on real estate-related environmental issues to fellow lawyers, clients and professional groups at a variety of conferences and seminars, including programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Claims Litigation Management Alliance, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Illinois State Bar Association.

She serves as a Vice-chair for the ABA's Environmental Transactions and Brownfields subcommittee and is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Executive Women and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance. Anne chaired the Chicago Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee from 2011-2013. In 2005, Anne was selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.” She has served as an Adjunct Professor of environmental law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Anne earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and has a B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

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