Cynthia A. Faur, Partner


Cynthia Faur practices in the area of environmental law. In her practice, she has advised clients in all aspects of environmental regulation, including solid and hazardous waste regulation, clean water issues, endangered species issues, and Superfund. Ms. Faur has substantial experience in advising clients on all facets of the Clean Air Act, including permitting, air quality modeling, New Source Performance Standards, hazardous air pollutants, mobile sources, fuel additives, and ozone-depleting substances. She also advises clients on a variety of climate change and sustainability issues, including the regulation and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, and on environmental justice considerations associated with the siting and operation of industrial facilities.

Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Ms. Faur served as the Confidential Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, where she participated in the development and implementation of the Region 5 Framework for Addressing Climate Change and Clean Energy, a multi-media approach to encourage greenhouse gas emission reductions in the Great Lakes region. Her experience includes

  • Contributing to the Midwestern Governors Association's Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform for the Midwest and the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord, as a member of the Carbon Markets Workgroup.
  • Counseling clients, including power generation and wind power companies, on air quality, noise, zoning, and endangered species issues related to the siting of new facilities.
  • Negotiating Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), and Title V permits for numerous clients throughout the United States.
  • Advising power general clients on implementation of and potential challenges to the federal Clean Power Plan.

  • Representing a large Midwestern utility in the environmental permitting for the modification of two 615 MW advanced technology, coal-based generation units, including the generation of emission offsets for the fine particulate matter.
  • Successfully negotiating a major Clean Air Act settlement on behalf of a client that was part of U.S. EPA's initiative against power plants. This settlement not only resolved all potential past violations of the federal NSR and PSD rules but provided a future resolution of certain claims concerning those permitting rules.
  • Representing numerous clients, including chemical companies, paper mills, and electric generation companies, in all aspects of state and federal enforcement, including responding to government information requests.
  • Advising clients on the consistency of environmental marking claims with the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides.
  • Participating in the development of the environmental plan included in Chicago 2016's bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1993)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., high distinction, 1989)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member: Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Member: Environmental Law Committee)
  • Illinois State Bar (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2018–present: Environmental Law)
  • Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Leading Lawyers Network, 2017–present (Environmental)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow). Membership by invitation only; limited to one-third of 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction
  • Leading Lawyers Network (Member)