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Melissa S.




Springfield, IL


Area of Practice

  • Environmental Law


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in Political Science, 2010


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Practice Description

Melissa S. Brown focuses her practice on environmental law, including assisting clients with environmental compliance questions involving federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, as well as assisting clients in permitting, rulemaking, and enforcement matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

In 2016, Ms. Brown became an associate of HeplerBroom when the practice of Hodge, Dwyer & Driver was merged into that firm, enhancing her ability to represent her clients.

Professional Association Involvement

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • DePaul Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property
    • Technical Productions Editor
  • Environmental Law Society
    • Treasurer
  • Dean’s Certificate of Pro Bono Service
  • Dean’s List

Published Legal Writing

  • “U.S. EPA Amends the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule,” The Illinois Manufacturer (Winter 2018). (Co-author with HeplerBroom Partner Jennifer M. Martin) (Read here.)
  • “How Will OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule Affect Construction and General Industry Employers?” The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, FDCC Blog (January 2017). (Co-author with HeplerBroom Partner Jennifer M. Martin) (Read here.)
  • Case Summary, In Re Beineke, 690 F.3d 1344 (Fed. Cir. 2012), 23 DePaul J. Art, Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 511 (2013)