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Springfield, IL


Area of Practice


  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, J.S., magna cum laude, 1994
  • Rhodes College, B.A. in Biology, 1990


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Practice Description

LaDonna Driver concentrates her practice in the area of environmental law, providing compliance counseling in matters concerning federal, state, and local statutes and associated regulations dealing with air, land, and water issues.

Ms. Driver advises the firm's clients on developments in environmental statutes and regulations and assists clients in analyzing and responding to the impacts of changes in environmental requirements. This representation extends to participation in proceedings for promulgation of regulations, challenges to regulations, and actions for regulatory relief.

She represents clients in all phases of environmental permitting, with particular emphasis in air issues. She assists regulated entities in preparing permit applications and negotiating permit terms and conditions with the permitting agency. She also consults with clients in their implementation of permit and regulatory requirements and represents clients in environmental permit appeals and in enforcement proceedings. In addition, she assists clients with pre-enforcement investigations.

Ms. Driver counsels clients in environmental matters involving business transactions, facilitating permit transfers, and notification to environmental regulators. She also assists industrial facilities in emissions trading.

She was previously a partner with the environmental law firm Hodge, Dwyer & Driver. In 2016 that firm was merged into HeplerBroom.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Air and Waste Management Association
    • Lake Michigan Section
  • Sangamon County Bar Association

Awards & Distinction

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2009-2020)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

Ms. Driver has conducted numerous presentations regarding state and federal environmental legislative and regulatory developments and impacts, as well as strategies for preparing for new environmental laws and regulations. She has also conducted several presentations on air permitting, compliance, and enforcement considerations regarding air requirements.

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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