HeplerBroom Attorney Melissa Brown


Melissa S. Brown focuses her practice on environmental law, assisting clients on a wide variety of environmental issues. Her clients regularly benefit from her ability to:

  • counsel them on environmental compliance issues involving both federal and state statutes and regulations that span all aspects of air, water, and land regulation
  • offer advice on developments in environmental statutes and regulations
  • represent them in rulemaking proceedings, challenges to regulations, and proceedings for regulatory relief
  • assist in all phases of environmental permitting, including preparing permit applications and negotiating permit terms and conditions with the permitting agency
  • represent them in permit appeals
  • defend them in environmental litigation and enforcement matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies
  • negotiate settlements in courts and in Illinois Pollution Control Board and USEPA enforcement proceedings

Ms. Brown was previously an associate with the environmental law firm Hodge, Dwyer, & Driver. In 2016, Hodge, Dwyer, & Driver merged into HeplerBroom.


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


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

Admissions & Affiliations

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



Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers' list of “Ones to Watch” (2021-2024)


Events & Speaking Engagements

  • “Responding to Clean Air Act Section 114 Requests,”  Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association’s Environmental, Health, & Safety meeting (Springfield IL, 2023).
  • Moderator, Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group Land and Water Conference (Springfield IL, 2023).
  • “Unpacking West Virginia and Sackett II: Key Impacts for Environmental Practitioners,” Illinois State Bar Association’s 21st Annual Environmental Law Conference (Chicago, 2023). (Co-presenter)
  • “Environmental Hot Topics,” Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association Meeting (2022).
  • “Illinois Environmental Regulatory Updates,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce Environmental Affairs Committee (2022).

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  • “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)

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