Cynthia A. Faur, Partner


Cynthia Faur is a partner in the firm's Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group. Cindy's practice focuses on all aspects of environmental law, including solid and hazardous waste, Clean Water Act compliance, endangered species issues, and Superfund. She has substantial experience counseling 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. Cindy also advises clients on climate change and sustainability issues like the regulation and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, environmental justice considerations associated with the siting and operation of industrial facilities, and the consistency of environmental marketing claims with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Green Guides.

Cindy also routinely works with corporate and real estate clients to evaluate and mitigate environmental concerns in complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and property transfers, and she has represented 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.

Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Cindy served as the Confidential Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully negotiated a major Clean Air Act settlement on behalf of a power generation client. This settlement, one of the first in the EPA’s power plant enforcement initiative, not only resolved all potential past violations of the federal New Source Review (NSR) and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) rules but provided a future resolution of certain claims concerning those permitting rules.
  • Advised a client in the Chicago-Naperville, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin ozone nonattainment area on the generation of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emission reduction credits (ERCs) from the retirement of a large emission source
  • Represented a large Midwestern utility in permitting the major modification of two coal-fired generating units subject to the NSR and PSD programs. This permitting action included the generation of emission offsets for the fine particulate matter and the establishment of greenhouse gas best available control technology (BACT) limitations.
  • Represented a natural gas utility in connection with a request for an aquifer exemption under the Safe Drinking Water Act to facilitate construction of an underground injection well
  • Negotiated agreements for a financial institution client's purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs)
  • Counseled a wind power company on noise, zoning, and endangered species issues related to the siting of a new facility in Illinois
  • Participated 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)
  • Air & Waste Management Association – Lake Michigan Section (Member)
  • 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)

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, 2018-present
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, Environmental, 2017–present
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