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Chicago, IL



  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law, 2016
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A. in Political Science (Fellow in Civic Leadership Program), 2008
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in English Literature, 2006


  • Illinois

Practice Description

Brian J.D. Dodds focuses his practice on environmental law, assisting clients with enforcement, permitting, rulemaking, and compliance issues before both state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He also has experience in healthcare defense litigation, including medical and dental malpractice, nursing home liability, and professional liability matters. As part of his litigation and regulatory work, Brian has drafted numerous dispositive motions in state and federal courts, managed written discovery, taken and defended depositions, and assisted in drafting appellate briefs before the Illinois Appellate Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Mr. Dodds served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Justice Mary L. Mikva of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and for the Honorable Judge Celia G. Gamrath of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Dean's List
  • CALI Awards for Excellence
    • Administrative Law
    • Environmental Law & Policy
    • Legal Writing
    • Trial Advocacy
    • Water Resources Law
  • Chicago-Kent Law Review
    • Managing Editor
  • Journal of Environmental and Energy Law
    • Executive Articles Editor
  • Moot Court Honor Society
    • Vice President

Published Legal Writing

  • “Corporate Death Cut-Off Claims: Oakridge Healthcare and Successor Nonliability,” HeplerBroom Blog (November 5, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Supreme Court: Groundwater Discharges to Navigable Waters Require a Permit When ‘Functionally Equivalent’ to a Direct Discharge,” HeplerBroom Blog (April 23, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Midwest Generation Seeks Reconsideration of Pollution Control Board Ruling Constricting Effective Period of Groundwater Management Zones to Duration of Active Remedial Work,” HeplerBroom Blog (October 15, 2019). (This blog post can be read here.)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “The US Supreme Court’s Decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund: How Does This Affect My Company and What Happens Next?” Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group Webinar (June 11, 2020). (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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