Former Attorney/Advisor with the Federal Aviation Administration, former environmental law partner at a large Chicago law firm, and now Owner and Founder of the Taber Law Group, Steven M. Taber represents clients in Federal and State Court, in administrative actions, and in transactions related to environmental, aviation and airport development law matters.
In his capacity as FAA Attorney/Advisor, Mr. Taber was involved with the implementation of the Chicago/O’Hare International Airport Modernization Program, and drafting FAA Environmental Orders 1050.1E and 5050.4B, among other things. Since his return to private practice, Mr. Taber has advised clients in matters arising under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Clean Air Act, Airport Noise and Capacity Act, Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. Mr. Taber is also a Panel attorney for Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Legal Services Plan.
Mr. Taber also has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) (“CERCLA”) litigation, negotiation of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Consent Decrees, Title V Air Permits, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. For example, in a CERCLA cost recovery action, he successfully argued that “passive” disposal does not constitute disposal under CERCLA and that a corporation is not responsible for disposals of a predecessor sole proprietorship. This resulted in a favorable settlement to the client. U.S. v. Petersen Sand and Gravel, Inc., 806 F.Supp. 1346 (N.D. Ill., 1992).
Mr. Taber is admitted to practice in Illinois and California and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Second, Third, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits, as well as the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. He has been active in the American Bar Association’s Section on Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Law, and served as Chair for the Chicago Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. He is a frequent speaker on environmental and airport topics and the author of several articles on environmental law.
Mr. Taber graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1981 with a degree in Political Philosophy. He received both his J.D. and his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1986. In between college and law school, Mr. Taber served two years as Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.
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