Attorney Profile - Steven B. Pollack

Since becoming an attorney I have focused almost exclusively on adjusting Fire Claims on behalf of homeowners and environmental citizen suit enforcement against federal government polluters. I like to fight for the rights of people who have been harmed by the powerful who would prefer to walk away without compensating them fully. Before entering the practice of law I was self-employed as a goldsmith for 15 years.

2006 - State of Illinois
2006 - U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
2007 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2010 - U.S. Supreme Court

Chicago - Kent College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2006 

Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology
Certificate-Jewelry Manufacturing, 1990

University of Missouri - Columbia
B.S.B.A.-Economics, 1987

Pollack v. Department of Defense, Army, Navy, et al., 507 F.3d 522(7th Cir., 2007)(Referring to Pollack's complaint as clever and ingenious).


This case was brought when the Army and Navy illegally transferred contaminated federal property without first getting US EPA's concurrence that a final remedy was in place and operating properly. To the contrary, EPA specifically said they would not concur because of flaws in implementation of landfill cap. Held: Citizens cannot enforce provision of CERCLA requiring all cleanup activities be complete prior to transfer of contaminated federal property, even if the property is transfered before cleanup is complete, until the cleanup is done. In other words, federal courts will not enforce the law if it means citizens interfering with the government violating the law.

Pollack v. Department of Justice, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, DoD, 577 F.3d 736 (7th Cir., 2009)(Finding we proved our case that the FBI has violated the law for decades yet denying us standing) cert. denied, 130 S. Ct. 1890 (2010).

This case challenged FBI and Navy firearms training activities that discharge lead bullets into Lake Michigan in violation of the Clean Water Act and RCRA and creating a public nuisance on state owned submerged lands. Held: Citizens have no standing if the illegal discharges do not cause water quality to exceed health standards for lead. In plain english, the federal courts will not allow citizens to hold federal agencies accountable for violations of environmental law. See a pattern here?

CALI Award for Coursework in the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic

"Environmental Aspects of Military Operations - Current Topics of Local Interest",
 Chicago Bar Association - Environmental Law Committee, MCLE Presentation, Dec. 5, 2006



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