Eric M. Schwing

Eric M. Schwing

Eric has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1993 during which time he has handled hundreds of Criminal Trials, Appeals and Administrative Hearings. Eric took a break from private practice when he served as a Staff Attorney for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of Illinois between 2000-2002. Prior to entering private practice, Eric was employed as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety from 1986 - 1993. Eric served as legal and policy advisor to the Director of the Department and to the Central Midwest Interstate Low Level Radioactive Waste Commission. Eric has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General and has drafted and reviewed statutes and regulations. Eric represented the Department and the Commission at legislative hearings, served as the Department's hearing officer, coordinated work of outside counsel, reviewed and responded to federal and state programs affecting the conduct of the Department's business, and negotiated and prepared contracts and grants on behalf of the Department and the Commission.

From 1982- 1986, Eric was the Chief of the Office of Radioactive Waste Management, Michigan Department of Public Health, Division of Radiological Health, Lansing, Michigan, where he coordinated and supported all state programs for high- and low-level radioactive waste management, served as technical, legal, and policy advisor, served as staff for the Governor's High-Level Radioactive Waste Task Force, the Radioactive Waste Control Committee, and the Midwest Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission, provided liaison with various federal and state agencies, responded to specific instances of actual low-level radioactive waste management legislation, coordinated state programs related to transportation of radioactive waste and supervised the office staff.

From 1980 - 1982, Eric was employed as a Radiochemist for the Michigan Department of Public Health, Division of Radiological Health in Lansing, Michigan where he was assigned to both the radiochemistry and emergency response units and his duties included obtaining and analyzing environmental samples, initiating and maintaining a radiation monitoring system.

Eric received his Doctor of Law Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.

Eric has successfully handled numerous Reported Cases including:

United States v. Zaccagnino, 467 F.3d 1044 (7th Cir 2006), United States v. Serrano, 434 F.3d 1003 (7th Cir.2006), United States v. LaFuente, 426 F.3d (7th Cir 2005), United States v. Henry, 408 F.3d 930 (7th Cir. 2005), Small v. Chao, 398 F.3d 894 (7tn Cir. 2005), United States V Daniels, 387 F.3d 636 (7ri1 Cir. 2004), United States v. Mayes, 370 F.3d 703 (7th Cir. 2004), United States v. Bohanon, 290 F.3d.869 (7th Cir 2002), United States v. Gallo-Vasquez, 284 F.3d. 780 (7th Cir. 2002), United States v. Anderson, 280 F.3d. 1121 (7th Cir. 2002), United States v. Atwater, 272 F.3d. 511 (7th Cir. 2002), United States v. Sumner, 265 F.3d. 532 (7'h Cir 2002), United States v. Morris. 259 F.3d 894 (7tn Cir. 2001) United States v. Atkinson, 259 F.3d 648 (7th Cir. 2001), United States v. Schaffner, 258 F.3d 675 (7'h Cir. 2001), United States v. Ross, 243 F. 3d 375 (7th Cir. 2001). Central Midwest Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission v. O'Leary, 873 F. Supp. 159 (C.D. Ill. 1995), United States v. Leal, 876 F. Supp. 190 (C.D. Ill. 1995), United States v. Stowe, 100 F. 3d 494 (7th Cir. 1996) Central Midwest Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission v. Pena. 113 F. 3d 1468 (7th Cir. 1997), United States v. Westbrook 125 F. 3d 996 (7th Cir. 1997), Glisson v. United States Forest Service 138 F. 3d 1181 (7th Cir. 1998), United States v. Marshall 157 F. 3d 477 (7th Cir. 1998), Glisson v. City of Marion 188 Ill. 2d 211, 720 N.E.2d 1034 (Ill. 1998), United States v. Laos 165 F. 3d 504 (7th Cir. 1998).

Eric has kept his legal skills sharp by attending continuing legal education, including: Appellate Practice in Federal Courts; Practicing Before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Advanced Seminar for Federal Criminal Justice Act Attorneys; Northwestern University National Conference on State and Local Enforcement of Environmental Laws; PLI Construction Contracts and Litigation; IICLE Illinois Civil Procedure; PLI Hazardous Waste Litigation After the RCRA and CERCLA Amendments; IICLE Illinois Eminent Domain Practice.

Eric has obtained the following Bar Admissions:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Illinois

Eric is responsible for a number of publications, including: The Constitutional Right to a Healthful Environment, Environmental Law; and Radioactive Waste Repository Siting Analysis/or the North Central Region, Impact Assessment Bulletin.

Eric has won case(s) in the United State's Supreme Court and has represented clients in the Seventh and Eighth Federal District Courts, the Eastern Federal District Court of Wisconsin, the Northern Federal District Court of Indiana, the Northern, Central and Southern Federal District Courts of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court, the State Appellate Courts in the Fourth and Fifth District of Illinois and numerous trial courts throughout Illinois.

In his spare time Eric has enjoyed sailing in the Chicago-Mackinac, Port Huron to Mackinac, and Queen's Cup regattas and enjoys sailboat racing with a crew that includes his daughter and playing tennis.

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