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Norman B. Berger

Of Counsel for Environmental Cases
nberger@collinslaw.com
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Phone: (630) 527-1595
Fax: (630) 527-1193

1770 Park St #200
Naperville, Illinois 60563

Norman is one of the most accomplished environmental lawyers in the country. He brings almost 40 years of trial experience to CLF. He is licensed to practice in the State of Wisconsin, State of Illinois and before the United States Supreme Court and federal trial and appellate courts. A consummate advocate for clients, Norman has served as lead trial counsel in dozens of jury and non-jury cases across multiple jurisdictions. A member of the firm's litigation practice, Norm represents clients in state and federal courts nationwide and before state and federal agencies, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. He also has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Norman has been practicing environmental law and litigation dating back to the early days of environmental enforcement and regulation. In the early '80s, he was an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois and was assigned to the Special Litigation Section. There, he represented the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) in enforcement matters. In that capacity, by way of example, Norman led the IEPA's enforcement against one of the large X-ray film recovery companies which was releasing cyanide to the environment through its operations. Norman continued his environmental practice when he left the government and was involved in many of the largest Superfund matters in the Midwest and nation-wide, including in Wisconsin. He participated as lead trial counsel in one of the San Fernando Valley Superfund sites. He has in-depth experience with complicated technical and regulatory issues and with matters involving scientific and other technical experts. He has also counseled, and litigated for, clients on environmental insurance coverage, permitting, enforcement, and administrative matters. His notable achievements include obtaining a multi-million dollar judgment in one of the first cost-recovery trials under the Superfund statute. A key issue tried in that case was whether the millions in cleanup costs incurred by his client were consistent with the provisions of the National Contingency Plan. Norman has also represented individuals and families whose homes have been contaminated by industrial pollution, resulting in diminished property values and serious health issues. His efforts in this area have resulted in remedies ranging from mandatory property cleanup and the provision of clean water supplies, to monetary reimbursement for property damage and medical expenses in excess of $100 million. In these cases, Norman has negotiated multi-million dollar settlements in toxic tort cases for clients exposed to toxic chemicals.

Norman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and DePaul University College of Law. He is a current member, and past chairman, of the Dean's Advisory Council at DePaul University College of Law, has served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and was a founding participant in the Cook County Pro Bono Committee for Representation of Indigent Defendants. Norm was presented with the Outstanding Service to DePaul University Award in 2013 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers every year from the inception of the program.

Education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1981

B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Wisconsin
Illinois
United States Supreme Court
Federal Trial and Appellate Courts
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

DePaul University College of Law
Current member and past chairman of the Dean's Advisory Council

National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Faculty member

Cook County Pro Bono Committee for Representation of Indigent Defendants
Founding participant

Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Service to DePaul University Award in 2013
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers every year from the inception of the program
The National Trial Lawyers
Best Law Firms
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers
Leading Lawyers 2021
America's Top 100
Martindale Hubbell
Avvo
Environmental Trial Lawyers - Top 10
Expertise - Best Car accident Lawyers in Naperville Top 100 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements
American Association for Justice
Illinois State Bar Association
ITLA
The Chicago Bar Association
DCBA
Client Reviews
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Shawn Collins is a very talented lawyer, as are all the attorneys on his team. I've known and worked with Shawn for more that 30 years. Not only is he a top notch technical litigator but his communication skills are second to none. If anyone I know is ever in need of an attorney, Shawn is my very first recommendation. He gives very solid advice that goes beyond the law. He is someone you can trust to tell you the truth so you are not lead astray in the complex legal world. You really can't find a better advocate. E.M.
★★★★★
We were incredibly satisfied with our experience with The Collins Law Firm. We worked closely with Ed Manzke and found that he had a personal touch and truly got to know us in addition to being knowledgeable and effective in his field. The caring and individual attitude helped us tremendously throughout the entire process and we always felt like our case was in safe hands. We would highly recommend The Collins Law Firm for both its stellar work and dedicated employees. M.A.
★★★★★
My father recommended The Collins Law Firm to me after watching Shawn Collins and Ed Manzke at trial representing Lisle residents against Lockformer. For years, he told us courtroom tales about Shawn and Ed, citing their incredible skill as trial lawyers and how they put the huge Lockformer legal team to shame. So when my son was the victim of a wrongful death, they were my first and only choice. I can't say enough to truly express how grateful I am to The Collin's Law Firm for all that they did for me and my family. This amazing team advocated for me in my darkest moments, surpassing my expectations in every way. I will be forever grateful to Shawn and Ed. K.D.
★★★★★
I have worked with Rob, Shawn and The Collins Law Firm team in connection with both complex business transactions and litigation over the past several years. Shawn is far and away the best business litigation attorney I have worked with. Rob has been our lead attorney on M&A and corporate restructures, and he has delivered each time, and on time. I would highly recommend Rob to get the deal done! W.D.
★★★★★
Rob has been our out-side General Counsel for ten years. As a business with a global presence, it is important that we have the very best legal representation. Rob and the team have guided us through litigation battles, negotiating and drafting our important business contracts, and advising us in our business strategies. He has a great team of lawyers working with him. M.F.