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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)

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 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 LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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