Ann M. Zwick

Senior Counsel

[email protected]

Phone: (312) 360-6254

Fax: (312) 360-6520

After being with Freeborn for almost 20 years, first as an Associate, then Partner and, when family obligations changed, as Senior Counsel – I can say that the Firm’s core values (Integrity, Caring, Effectiveness, Teamwork and Commitment) are as strong now as ever.



Ann Zwick is a Senior Counsel in the Real Estate and Environment and Energy Practice Groups.

As Senior Counsel, Ann has in-depth knowledge and experience in all aspects of environmental law, with a focus on the solid waste and scrap metal industries and air regulatory matters.  Her previous experience as an attorney with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has provided her with invaluable knowledge in representing clients before environmental agencies and governmental bodies, and assisting businesses in a regulated industry.

Ann also has considerable experience in land use and zoning matters, and has successfully obtained development and zoning approvals for industrial, commercial and residential developers.

Her practice includes:

  • Counseling clients on regulatory compliance matters, permitting, site remediation, litigation, public hearings, enforcement actions and appeals. Ann has successfully defended appeals before the Illinois Pollution Control Board and Illinois Appellate Court.
  • Representing national and local waste hauling and disposal companies in local siting proceedings, permitting matters, enforcement actions and litigation.
  • Representing small start-ups to large national corporations in dispute resolution, negotiating and drafting contracts, purchasing and developing properties, and regulatory compliance counseling.

Ann joined Freeborn in 1994 after having been associated with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and McDermott, Will & Emery. While at the Illinois EPA, Ann co-authored legislation establishing the Clean Air Act Permit Program in Illinois.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Counseled scrap metal recyclers and refiners on useful products and Superfund Recycling Equity Act defenses to arranger liability under CERCLA.

  • Represented client in obtaining a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Counseled a landfill owner on revised New Source Performance Standards to control landfill gas emissions.

  • Represented a manufacturer in developing OSHA compliance policies with on-site contractors.

  • Represented landfill owners in litigation and enforcement actions involving landfill gas emissions and alleged disposal of unpermitted TENORM waste.

  • Assisted clients in obtaining local siting approvals and environmental permitting matters for numerous solid waste landfills and transfer stations.

  • Natural gas power plant siting project in the Chicago suburbs.

  • Permitting and zoning approvals for compost facilities.

  • Representation of numerous facilities in the defense of federal and state environmental enforcement actions.

  • Remediation of property under state voluntary cleanup programs.

  • Regulatory compliance counseling and environmental permitting of industrial facilities.

  • Represented a media company in obtaining zoning approval for a state-of-the-art Doppler weather radar tower.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers - 2020 (cited in multiple years)

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Air and Waste Management Association, Lake Michigan States Section – Board of Directors; Waste Conference Committee (multiple years); Moderated Panels at the Annual Waste Conference (multiple years)