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Jane E. Fedder

Of Counsel

T 314.333.3924
F 314.862.4656
jfedder@spencerfane.com


Jane Fedder helps in-house counsel, business leaders, and boards of directors reduce risk and resolve disputes in the complicated area of environmental enforcement and litigation. Her experience includes a proven track record of successful resolutions in mediations, trials, and appeals. Jane earns recognition and respect from clients, Judges, Co-Counsel, and Opposing-Counsel for her ability to handle pressure, stay professional, and keep her sense of humor in difficult circumstances.

Over a thirty-plus year legal career, Jane has assisted clients facing governmental criminal and civil administrative and judicial enforcement cases under most of the major federal environmental statutes and many of their state law counterparts. She has both pursued and defended against CERCLA private party cost recovery and contribution lawsuits in courts throughout the country—often serving as joint defense or liaison counsel in multiparty cases. Jane has experience defeating nuisance, medical monitoring, property damage, and citizen suit litigation. She has won numerous judgments – including attorneys fees – against insurance companies who wrongly refused to defend and/or indemnify clients in environmental actions. Jane is knowledgeable in the areas of emerging contaminants (PFAs/PFOs), fracking, climate change, cannabis, biotech and more — providing full-service legal support on unique environmental matters.

Outside of private practice, Jane serves as a volunteer Disciplinary Hearing Officer for Missouri’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel governing attorney professional conduct. She is a frequent author, panelist, and public speaker on environmental, professionalism, and women’s advocacy topics. She also regularly provides pro bono legal services, volunteers in the community, and serves as a mentor to younger attorneys.

Highlights of Jane’s experience include:

  • Won a CERCLA bench trial on behalf of a Virginia property owner against an adjacent mining company who was held liable as an Operator at the facility. The defendant had for years denied responsibility for payment of response costs to address releases and threats of releases of hazardous substances into downstream waterways from lead and zinc mine tailings.
  • On appeal, won the right for nonsettling potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) to intervene to challenge entry of consent decree between the U.S. government and settling PRPs concerning the cleanup of a Superfund site in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This was the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to so rule, and it did so in the face of many district court decisions holding there was no such right of intervention.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order in Illinois Circuit Court prohibiting an Alabama attorney from soliciting personal injury clients in southern Illinois in violation of the prohibition against the unauthorized practice of law and forcing removal of his “Toxic Waste Lawsuit” billboard advertisement.

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Presentations and Publications

  • “Superfund Report: EPA Guide to Speed Superfund Remedial Design Receives Mixed Reaction,” Bloomberg, July 30, 2018
  • “Deposition Bullies: Tips for Spotting Them and Stopping Them,” ABA’s Webinar, August 7, 2018
  • “How Do I Persist?” American Bar Association, March 14, 2018
  • “Court Opens Door To New U.S. CERCLA Liability But Allocations May Be Key,” Inside EPA, July 21, 2017
  • “Leveraging Latest CERCLA Decisions and Navigating New Complexities,” Strafford Live Webinar, April 11, 2017
  • “Judges’ Plenary: Learn from our Mistakes: Do’s and Don’ts of Trial Practice from Top Women Litigators,” Women of the Section of Litigation Conference, November 13, 2015
  • “Public Policy & Environmental | Environmental Risks For Business,” St. Louis; Business Law Institute – CLE, June 2015
  • “Arranger Liability Still Confusing Courts Four Years After Supreme Court Decision,” Bloomberg BNA, September 24, 2013
  • “Eye on Ethics: Keeping Confidences of Non-Clients, Even Those With Whom You Haven’t Spoken,” St. Louis Lawyer, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, October 2007
  • “Sales of Used Transformers, Sold for Resale to Missouri Electric Works, Declared to Be Sales of Useful Products, Not Arrangements for the Disposal of PCBs,” Currents, Electrical Apparatus Service Association Newsletter, June 2007
  • “Eye on Ethics: Femifascists and Dandelions: The Ethical Implications of Judicial Free Speech,” St. Louis Lawyer; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, January 2007
  • “Everyday Ethical Considerations, Best Practice Series – Ethics in Your Practice,” Washington University School of Law ADR Program, USA&M Midwest, Inc., September 15, 2006
  • “The Ethics of Pro Bono,” The St. Louis Bar Journal; The Missouri Bar, Fall 2005
  • “Pro Bono Obligations, Conflicts and Rewards,” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ 19th Annual What’s New in Legal Ethics Seminar, June 9, 2005
  • “Eye on Ethics: Should it Stay or Should It Go? – Missouri’s New Client File Retention/Destruction Rule,” St. Louis Lawyer; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, February 2005
  • “Eye on Ethics: 1-800-PIT-BULL False and Misleading or Just Tacky?” St. Louis Lawyer; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, August 2004
  • “Eye on Ethics: Ethics of Hidden Information in Electronic Documents,” St. Louis Lawyer; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, April 2004
  • “Confidentiality of Organizational Clients: Are the Flood Gates Open? Not Yet – But Watch Out!” St. Louis Lawyer; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, December 2003

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Board of the Arthritis Foundation of Greater St. Louis, 2016-2018
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of St. Louis County Inc., Board of Directors, 2006-2007
  • Missouri Campaign for Change Voter Protection Program
    • St. Louis Leadership Committee, July-November, 2008
  • Missouri Democratic Party voter protection volunteer, 2012
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, Pre-Law Advisory Council

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Litigation Committee
      • The Woman Advocate Committee
      • Insurance Coverage Litigation
      • Environmental & Energy Litigation
  • ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Committee
  • ABA Environmental Energy & Resources Law Committee
    • Environmental & Toxic Torts
    • Superfund Natural Resources Damages Litigation
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA, Environmental Law, 2010-2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Who’s Who in American Law

Contact Jane Fedder at 314.333.3924 or jfedder@spencerfane.com.