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   3Sanford M. SteinChicago(312) 460-4217steins@millercanfield.comsteins@millercanfield.comMiller Canfieldwww.millercanfield.comwww.millercanfield.comsteinsanfordm.jpgEnergy LawEnvironmental LawGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawLand Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law
Sanford M.
Miller Canfield
225 W Washington Blvd Ste 2600
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 460-4217 Fx.(312) 460-4201Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mr. Stein concentrates his practice in energy, environmental, and land use, zoning, and government relations law. He is a recognized energy, environmental, and land use lawyer, having been elected as a "Leading Attorney" in those fields by the American Research Corporation. He was involved in some of the first decisions under the National Environmental Policy Act and, as an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was responsible for numerous enforcement and policy matters. His practice today encompasses a broad array of energy, environmental, and related land use, zoning, and regulatory issues in Illinois and across the country. He has also been awarded recognition by Best Lawyers® and Illinois Super Lawyers®.

For more than 30 years, he has served governmental and private sector clients in an array of legislative, regulatory, and judicial activities in a multistate area. His land use and zoning practice is highlighted by his work for land developers in brownfields redevelopment, annexation, urban development, zoning, and land use litigation. He has been successful in complex mixed-use developments and commercial, industrial, and residential projects. He is also skilled in municipal tax incentive programs, including tax increment financing ("TIF"), sales tax sharing programs, and special service area financing. He has represented clients in urban redevelopment projects utilizing municipal incentives in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other places.

His experience in energy and environmental law reaches all of its aspects, including emerging issues such as biofuels and biomass conversion, waste-to-energy technology and energy finance, wind turbine and photovoltaic siting, battery technology, carbon reduction, and green buildings. He is an authority on water, air, and toxic substance regulations and is experienced in legislation, rulemaking proceedings, compliance litigation, CERCLA and RCRA matters, hazardous waste management policies and procedures, and brownfields redevelopment. He is involved in counseling clients on the environmental and energy aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and property matters, as well as day-to-day operational matters and finding means for implementation of alternative energy systems.

He has served as an attorney for federal, state, and local governments and represents numerous parties in obtaining governmental benefits or resolving conflicts with governmental units. He has researched, drafted, negotiated, and successfully steered legislation to passage. He is a registered lobbyist, representing clients in the energy, environmental, advertising, health care, pharmaceutical, financial, and real estate industries. He advises clients on legislative strategy in several state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. He is active in complex land use and siting issues involving regional pollution control facilities, power plants, and alternative energy facilities. He has extensive litigation experience, including two landmark environmental decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, Students Challenging Regulatory Agency Procedures ("S.C.R.A.P.") v. The United States and The Steel Company v. Citizens for a Better Environment. S.C.R.A.P. helped establish federal courts jurisdiction to hear complaints by parties affected by the environmental decisions of the U.S. government. The Steel Company, which he argued before the Supreme Court, limits jurisdiction to those cases where the Court's intervention is warranted.

He served as a member of the Obama for America Energy and Environment Policy Committee and is a Member of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Taxpayer Action Board. He is a former commissioner on the Lake County (IL) Regional Planning Commission, a founder and member of the executive board of the Illinois Chapter of the National Brownfields Association, and he also serves on the Board of the Uptown Community Development Corporation. Furthermore, he is a member of the City Club of Chicago, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Lambda Alpha International, and the American Bar Association. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School, where he taught a course on "The Energy and Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions."

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1975
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Date of Birth:  1949

Law School:  George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1974

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.A., 1970

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
International Council of Shopping Centers City Club of Chicago
City Club of Chicago
Former Adjunct Professor, The John Marshall Law School

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Government Relations Law/Land Use & Zoning, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyer® in Environmental, Land Use/Zoning, and Government Relations Law, 2005-2009
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Community Involvement:  
Commissioner, Lake County (IL) Regional Planning Commission, 1999-present; 1991-1996
Regional Planning Commission- Chicago
Board of Directors, Uptown Development Corporation, 2003-present

Published Legal Writing:  
"Financing Fast Track," Energy + Infrastructure, Winter/Spring 2011
"New Eminent Domain Act in Illinois," (co-author), Midwestern Report, June 20, 2006
"Illinois General Assembly Passes Eminent Domain Bill," (co-author), May 11, 2006
"Illinois House of Representatives Passes Eminent Domain Bill," (co-author), April 25, 2006
"Illinois Appellate Court Rules That Amortization Is Not Just Compensation," (co-author), April 13, 2006

Legal Lectures:  
  • "'What' Next for High-Speed Rail in the US?" The Bond Buyer's 12th Annual Transportation Finance/P3 Conference, Chicago, IL, November 14-16, 2011
  • "Bringing High Speed Rail to America," High Speed Rail Conference, New York City, November 7, 2011
  • "Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law and Practice," John Marshall Law School, September 29, 2006
  • "Navigating the Regulatory Rapids in a Changing Environment in Illinois," Lorman Education Series, March 16, 2006
  • "Land Use Law: Issues in Planning & Development," Illinois Institute for Continuing Education, Springfield, IL, May 14, 2004
  • "Land Use Law: Issues in Planning & Development," Illinois Institute for Continuing Education, Chicago, IL, April 30, 2004
  • "Municipal Development Incentives," Lake County Partners, Libertyville, IL, October 7, 2003
  • "Water As an Economic Resource: More Precious Than Gold, More Valuable Than Oil, Water Is the Most Important Resource on Earth," Waukegan City Club, Waukegan, IL, January 28, 2003
  • "Zoning and Land Use: Complex Facilities Siting, Transportation Policy and Governmental Incentives," Lorman Educational Services, Rosemont, IL, September 27, 2002
  • "Inverse Condemnation of Property by Third-Party Local Governments," OAAA/2002 Legal Seminar, Washington D.C., September 23, 2002
  • "Mold Mania? Looking Ahead: Legislation, Regulation, Litigation or Just Proliferation," Toxic Mold Seminar, Lisle, IL, June 20, 2002
  • "Illinois Land Use: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning Law," National Business Institute, Chicago, IL, June 12, 2002
  • "Mold Problems in Real Estate Transactions: Dealing with the Fungus Among Us," Lake County Bar Association, Waukegan, IL, April 11, 2002
  • "Current Issues and Trends in Illinois Land Use and Environmental Laws," Lorman Educational Services, Chicago, IL, January 22, 2002
  • "Environmental Issues Affecting the Construction Industry: Worker Exposure, Toxic Mold, Site Remediation," National Association of Women in Construction, Schaumburg, IL, January 15, 2002
  • "Strategic Planning," Lake County Partners, Waukegan, IL, November 1, 2001
  • "Effective Community Presentations," Brownfields 2001 Conference, Chicago, IL, September 24, 2001
  • "Legal Ethics for Environmental Lawyers: Real Problems or Much Ado About Nothing," Great Lakes Water Law Conference, Chicago, IL, August 3, 2001

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