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Melissa S.




Springfield, IL


Area of Practice


  • 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

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers' list of “Ones to Watch” (2021-2022)

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

External Publications

  • “Update on the Respirable Crystalline Silica General Industry and Maritime Standard,” Energy and Environment Blog, Illinois Manufacturers’’ Association (July 2018).
  • “U.S. EPA Amends the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule,” The Illinois Manufacturer (Winter 2018). (Co-author with HeplerBroom Partner Jennifer M. Martin) (This article can be read here.)
  • “How Will OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule Affect Construction and General Industry Employers?” The Illinois Manufacturer (Spring 2017). (Co-author with HeplerBroom Partner Jennifer M. Martin) (This article can be 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)
  • Case Summary, In Re Beineke, 690 F.3d 1344 (Fed. Cir. 2012), 23 DePaul J. Art, Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 511 (2013)

HeplerBroom Blog Posts

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Environmental Violations and Enforcement,” and “Illinois EPA Bureau of Land Update,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education webinar (2021). (Co-presenter)
  • “Environmental Enforcement: Avoid if Possible, Navigate if Necessary,” Environmental Basics Conference sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Springfield IL, 2019). (Co-presenter)
  • “Coal Ash Update: What It Is, Where It Is, and What To Do About It,” Illinois State Bar Association’s 18th Annual Environmental Law Conference (Chicago, 2019). (Co-presenter)

HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that its physical offices have reopened. While the health and safety of our clients, employees, and families, remain our top priority, HeplerBroom attorneys and staff are returning to our offices on full-time or modified schedules. Our offices are open to visitors and clients with scheduled appointments, with appropriate screening of visitors and social-distancing protocols. HeplerBroom will continue to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our attorneys and staff to provide great service and work product to our clients during the pandemic. This would not have been possible without the incredible support provided by the HeplerBroom IT Department and other essential personnel who supported our personnel and clients from the office locations while the rest of our teams worked remotely.

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