Freeborn’s Environment and Energy Practice Group and Partners Philip L. Comella and Ann M. Zwick Highly Ranked by Chambers USA for Environment in Illinois

CHICAGO – Chambers USA has recognized Freeborn & Peters LLP’s environment and energy practice group in the Illinois rankings for environment in its 2022 legal industry guide. Additionally, practice group leader Philip L. Comella and partner Ann M. Zwick for Environment: Litigation in the 2022 guide.

“We congratulate the environment and energy group, as well as Phil and Ann on this well-deserved recognition,” Freeborn Co-Managing Partner Steven D. Pearson said. “This ranking in the esteemed Chambers USA 2022 industry guide is a result of the group’s incredible knowledge of environmental law and continued dedication to the firm’s clients.”

Comella is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and Leader of the Environment and Energy Practice Group. His practice spans both regulatory counseling and environmental-based litigation. With over three decades of experience in environmental law, and a focus on the solid and hazardous waste industry, he regularly counsels owners and operators of landfills, treatment facilities, recycling operations, and waste generators on compliance and permitting matters arising under the environmental laws. 

“I always know that I am in good hands on matters that Phil is helping with. He has excellent judgment. He is very much aware of the in-house counsel’s needs,” according to a client statement in the Chambers USA guide. “His knowledge of our industry is second to none.”

Zwick 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 Zwick’s understanding of environmental regulations is fantastic as well as her understanding of its application to our facilities operations. Ann’s representation of our company was excellent in not only her passion, but her ability to methodically and articulately lay out our position as it relates to compliance with environmental standards,” according to a client statement in the Chambers USA guide.

Chambers and Partners ranks leading U.S. firms and attorneys based on in-depth research and interviews with attorneys’ clients and peers. Chambers assesses attorneys on attributes most valued by clients, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment. The Chambers USA guide is widely read by industry-leading companies and organizations nationwide. For more information, visit