Ryan G. Rudich


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Phone: (312) 360-6379

Fax: (312) 360-6520

When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold it up and dry it before the fires of the mind.

- Abraham Lincoln



Ryan Rudich is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He is a member of the Environment and Energy Practice Group and the Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Team.

The environmental and energy challenges that companies face today are expanding and evolving at a rapid pace. Ryan helps his clients navigate them, both as a thoughtful and efficient litigator, and as an insightful counselor. Ryan understands that the best solutions are tailored to his clients’ unique business needs, and he works tirelessly to provide them with sound and creative advice and advocate for their interests in the courtroom.
Ryan has a diverse environmental practice that focuses on defending businesses in complex environmental litigation, including against high-stakes toxic tort claims, government enforcement actions and in CERCLA cost recovery and contribution cases. Ryan also routinely counsels companies on compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations, assists clients with internal investigations, and provides guidance on responding to EPA information requests. He has worked extensively for clients in the waste and recycling industry in Illinois and across the United States.

Ryan's insurance practice focuses on coverage disputes involving environmental liabilities. He has successfully litigated cases of behalf of insurers and policy holders.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Ryan served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General's Office litigating civil environmental enforcement actions in Illinois circuit courts and before the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

In that role he gained experience working under an array of environmental statutory regimes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In addition to litigating, Ryan represented the Illinois Attorney General's Office on legislative matters related to energy and the environment.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Obtained jury verdict of no liability in odor nuisance lawsuit against municipal solid waste landfill brought by members of fifty households seeking millions of dollars for alleged loss of use and enjoyment of their homes and diminution of property value.

  • Achieved a no-payment dismissal for alleged waste generator PRP from CERCLA contribution action.

  • Defended landfill against personal injury and nuisance claims arising from alleged contamination of drinking water with disinfectant byproducts and other chemicals.

  • Represents insurer in multiple lawsuits brought by electric utilities seeking coverage for liabilities related to coal ash management stemming from the EPA Coal Combustion Residuals rule and state laws. 

  • Assisted client with its response to information request from the US EPA under Section 114 of the Clean Air Act seeking documents related to a landfill gas collection and control system.

  • Prevailed in declaratory judgment action against claim that a pollution exclusion and other provisions barred insurance coverage under D&O policy for losses arising out of asset transfers that were allegedly made fraudulently to avoid site remediation obligations.

  • Counsels major national waste management company on compliance with New Source Performance Standards applicable to municipal solid waste landfills and other Clean Air Act regulatory and permit requirements.

  • Defended international railroad company against US EPA enforcement action alleging violations of RCRA used oil regulations in connection with an onsite wastewater treatment system.

  • Prevailed before trial court and had judgment affirmed on appeal granting clients the full limits of two insurance policies plus attorney’s fees in declaratory judgment action against insurance company for breach of duty to defend insureds in lawsuit for alleged fraudulent conveyances.

  • Drafted power purchase agreements to govern client’s acquisition of electricity and renewable energy credits from utility-scale solar projects. 

  • Advised electric cooperative on regulatory compliance matters related to the Public Utilities Regulatory Procedures Act.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: "Ones to Watch" - Environmental Law, 2022 (cited in multiple years)