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My purpose in leaving big law firms and forming my own small firm was to provide the same big firm legal services to clients at a lower cost with more personalized service. The goal has more than been accomplished. I (and more importantly my clients) have been thrilled with the result.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 80%
    33 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    33 years



Hourly ($350/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Robert Alan Cohen

    Shell is one of the best known and most reliable environmental lawyers in this area. He has a high degree of professionalism and an easy manner. He is also one of the few truly sophisticated attorneys in this field who does not work for a large firm. I have left the environmental law area, and I would not hesitate to refer a case to him if the opportunity arose.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Shell J. Bleiweiss

One S. Dearborn St.
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL, 60603-2307

Law Offices of Shell J. Bleiweiss

25840 Indian Trail Rd.
Barrington, IL, 60010-1348



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198211/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Illinois Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
Illinois SuperLawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Leading Lawyers NetworkLeading Lawyers Network2010
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Leading Lawyers NetworkLeading Lawyers Network2007
National Science Foundation FellowshipNational Science Foundation1970
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Shell J. Bleiweiss1998 - Present
Equity PartnerMcDermott Will & Emery1988 - 1997
AssociateCoffield, Ungeretti, Harris & Slavin1985 - 1988
AssociateSidley & Austin1982 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brockman v. State of IllinoisWon the case and client was dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownDealing with OSHA, The Most Common Mistake Companies Make2003
UnknownLiability & Litigation, World Trade Center 'Cough', No Clear Guidance to Clearing the Indoor Air After 9/112002
UnknownLiability & Litigation, Ammonia-Based Refrigeration Systems, Regulations You Should Know2000
UnknownMulti-Stakeholder Dialogues and Concensus-Based Communication: Skills, Tips, and Tactics1999
The Environmental ForumA Cure fo What Ails Us? Environmental Regulation in the Medical Industry1989
Chemical Engineering ProgressLegal Considerations in Environmental Audit Decisions1987
Harvard Environmental Law ReviewEnvironmental Regulation and the Federal Common Law of Nuisance: A Proposed Standard of Preemption1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawN/AN/A1982
Southern Illinois UniversityWildlife EcologyN/AN/A
Southern Illinois UniversityWildlife EcologyMA - MastersN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Environmental Law Compliance SeminarIllinois and Federal Contaminated Site Liability/CERCLA1999
UnknownPractical Dispute Resolution: Skills, Tips, and Tactics Relating to the Use of Third Party Neutrals in Resolving Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resource Disputes1999
UnknownCost Recovery Under Superfund: Multiple Party Site Litigation1997
UnknownUse of the False Claims Act to Enforce Environmental Statutes -- A Problem Reaching Well Beyond Government Contractors1996
Business Forum on the Environment, Safety, and HealthCONEG: Trends in State Environmental Packaging and Labeling Legislation1993