Carey S. Rosemarin has practiced environmental law in Chicago for over thirty years. His unique professional background gives him the critical – and pragmatic – perspective that helps his clients achieve their objectives. Mr. Rosemarin came to Chicago in 1980 to serve as an enforcement attorney in the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5. The six states in Region 5 – Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota – are well-known for both their industrial might and their agricultural productivity, and Carey handled environmental issues associated with both. During his five years with U.S. EPA, Carey represented the government in numerous cases under Superfund (a/k/a CERCLA), TSCA, FIFRA, CWA and CAA. He represented U.S.EPA in the first administrative trial in Region 5 under RCRA.

After leaving the government, Carey applied his vast environmental law experience as a partner in two of Chicago’s largest law firms. In 1986, he started the environmental practice in Katten Muchin & Zavis (n/k/a Katten Muchin Rosenman) and in 1990, he moved to the environmental department of Jenner & Block. In both, his work included due diligence and contract negotiation in corporate and real estate transactions, advising clients on the application of the ever-growing and increasingly complex array of environmental regulations, and representing them in litigation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

During his fourteen years as a partner in large downtown law firms, Carey recognized that small suburban firms could also deliver high quality and sophisticated representation in environmental matters, but at a lower cost. On December 1, 1999, he established The Law Offices of Carey S. Rosemarin, P.C., in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Since the firm opened its doors, Carey has represented a wide variety of clients – from individuals to family-owned businesses, to huge multinationals. And he has done so in equally varied contexts, including transactions involving contaminated property, representing PRPs in Superfund proceedings, litigating cases before the Illinois Pollution Control Board, negotiating settlements with Region 5, advising clients on everything from the RCRA regulations to oil and gas leases. The list goes on.

Practicing law over three decades yields many lessons. In Carey’s view, perhaps the most important is that relationships and integrity matter. That is why so many of Carey’s clients, and other lawyers he deals with, are also his personal friends. And it may also be part of the reason that Carey has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, AV . . . why Carey has been listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer . . . and why Carey’s bio can be found in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

Carey is a member of the environmental committees of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, and has been an associate of the Environmental Law Institute for over twenty-five years. He is a past president of the Chicago Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and a past president of the North Suburban Bar Association. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Region of the Jewish National Fund, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove, Illinois. Carey is also an avid cyclist, and has participated in many multi-day rides, among them two rides across the Negev Desert to benefit the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and two others in Israel to benefit Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem.

Selected Publications

Superfund Changes add a Green Thumb to Brownfields, Chicago Lawyer, May 2002.

Changes Could Alter Landscape for Real Estate Purchases, Chicago Lawyer, April 2002.

Brownfields: Redeveloping Environmentally Distressed Properties, Harold J. Rafson & Robert N. Rafson eds., McGraw-Hill, 1999 (contributed three chapters with Steven M. Siros, Esq.).

The Hazards of Joint and Several Liability for Hazardous Sites, Chicago Lawyer, September 1998 (with Christina M. Landgraf, Esq.).

Avoiding Superfund by Preaching Prevention, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 20, 1998.

The Lender’s Concerns: How to Satisfy the Bank, in The Brownfields Book (published by

Jenner & Block and Roy F. Weston, Inc.), July 1997 (with Cynthia A. Drew, Esq.).

Federal Brownfields Policy in 1997: Negotiating Prospective Purchaser Agreements With USEPA(originally presented at National Brownfields Transaction Conference, sponsored by ABA/SONREEL and USEPA, June 18, 1996).

Recent Government Policy Changes, Including Relaxation of Superfund Liability, Might Encourage More Purchases of Brownfields,or Contaminated Properties, The National

Law Journal, September 2, 1996 (with Christina A. Riewer, Esq.).

Taking a Clean Look at Purchasing Contaminated Property, Chicago Lawyer, July 1996 (with Christina M. Riewer).

The Limitations of State Environmental Audit Privilege Statutes, Environment Today, April 1995 (with Gary W. Ballesteros, Esq.).

Underground Storage Tanks: The Rules of the Game Change Yet Again, CBA Record (published by the Chicago Bar Association), February 1994.

EPA’s Lender Liability Rule, Shepards Environmental Liability In Commercial Transactions Reporter, December 1992.

Lenders Still Face Cleanup Issues Under Revised Liability Rules, The National Law Journal, March 25, 1991.

Reducing the Risk of Environmental Liability in Real Estate Acquisitions, Construction News (Published by Inspection & Valuation International), May 1989.

Environmental Assessments, Knowledge of Statutes Reduce Risk of Liability in Property Acquisitions, National Real Estate Investor (Published by Communication Channels, Inc.), January 1989.

The Right-to-Know Requirements of Title III BA Plain English Guide, Chemical Processing, September 1987.


J.D. 1978, University of Tennessee
M.S. 1974, Pennsylvania State University
B.S. 1972, University of Michigan