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Torrence_Allison_COLOR By Allison A. Torrence


Partner E. Lynn Grayson, chair of Jenner & Block’s Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law Practice, is prominently featured on the cover of the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine and in a lengthy profile in the publication.

Titled “Product of Her Environment: Environmental Lawyer E. Lynn Grayson Saves Companies Green,” the profile discusses Lynn’s career, starting with being hired by the Illinois Attorney General’s office out of law school in 1986 at a time when the office needed more environmental attorneys to handle the rash of newly defined regulatory violations. “I fell into environmental law,” she says. 

The article describes a major environmental litigation case she handled on behalf of client Tenneco Oil Co. against the Sac and Fox Nation shortly after she arrived at the firm as a partner in 1994 as well as other significant matters, including environmental work for General Dynamics and General Motors.  Opposing counsel interviewed for the article noted she was “…highly sophisticated, experienced, reasonable and, above all, commercial.”

The profile also highlights Lynn’s pro bono service, including, for instance, her work as pro bono counsel for organizations like Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS), the Alliance for the Great Lakes and others. The causes dearest to her heart, the article observes, are efforts to advance women in the law.  Jane DiRenzo Pigott, with whom Lynn created Call to Action, an initiative to promote women lawyers and a survey that measures trends in the number of women partners, associates and other lawyers, says of Lynn:  “She models professionalism, polish and a style that’s her own.  When junior women look at her, they see someone who has made it to the top and done so with a style that is authentic to her.”