David L. Rieser

David L. Rieser

P.  312.521.2717
F.  312.521.2817
E.  drieser@muchshelist.com


David Rieser, head of the firm's Environmental, Regulatory & Redevelopment Law practice, has more than three decades of experience advising clients in all areas of environmental law, including legislative, regulatory, compliance and law enforcement matters, corporate, commercial and real estate transactions, governmental and private cost-recovery actions, environmental insurance coverage, and remediation of contaminated sites. David serves Fortune 100 and mid-sized companies operating in a broad range of industries, including power generation, chemicals, petroleum, steel, railways, food and consumer products, financial services, waste management and insurance. 

In the legislative and regulatory arena, David has represented trade associations, industry groups and individual companies in numerous matters involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Recently, he represented a coalition of business trade associations in efforts to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from closing the Chicago waterways system to limit the migration of Asian carp. He also represented power generating companies in permitting and administrative proceedings, and prepared responses to agency requests for information regarding Clean Air Act (CAA) issues.

David has served as a voice for clients in the drafting and negotiation of regulations under the Illinois Site Remediation Act and other legislation, won site-specific regulatory relief from the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB), negotiated federal corrective action orders for hazardous waste facilities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), served as common counsel for potentially responsible parties in actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and obtained no further remediation letters (NFR) under the Illinois Site remediation Program (SRP) for a number of developer and industrial clients with contaminated properties. David also represents clients in matters involving  the Chicago  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), including enforcement issues and lease negotiations.

David regularly counsels buyers and sellers of commercial and industrial property and businesses  as well as their lenders on the assessment and allocation of environmental risks of the transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of assets valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Recent transactions have involved assets located in Europe and the United States, and include deals for contaminated and other properties requiring environmental remediation. 

An experienced litigator, David has argued cases in federal and state courts, including a recent victory in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in which he represented a coalition seeking to preserve commercial navigation in the Chicago waterways. Other matters have included cost recovery and enforcement actions and insurance disputes involving coverage for environmental damages.

David is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals,  U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois and the Western District of Michigan.


David serves on the Illinois Site Remediation Advisory Committee, an industry group that works with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on the development of regulations for the remediation of contaminated sites. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Michigan Section of the A&WMA, and was chairman of the local host committee for the A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Chicago in 2013. David is also the recipient of the 2012 Perry Fisher Outstanding Service Award presented by the Lake Michigan Section of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA).

Since 2008, David has been recognized as a top environmental attorney by Chambers USA. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer four times, and has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in environmental law by the Leading Lawyers Network. In 2009, David received the Regulatory Affairs Award from the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois.

David serves as an adjunct professor in the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is regularly sought as a speaker before trade associations and industry groups, where he lectures on a broad range of environmental topics. Recent presentations have described current developments relating to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the use and protection of waterways and water resources, as well as wastewater discharges, climate change, EPA regulations, and carbon and other greenhouse gases.

Similarly, David is the author of numerous published articles, book chapters and client alerts that analyze and discuss recent legislative, judicial and regulatory trends. In these publications, David has helped clients and others better understand issues such as protection of trade secrets in greenhouse gas reporting, EPA waste rules involving biomass and other alternative fuels, Supreme Court and federal appellate court decisions, pharmaceutical waste management, brownfield remediation, ozone standards, coal ash rules and environmental due diligence requirements.


David supports a number of philanthropic causes.