Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Jennifer Burke, JD

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor & Attorney

Specialty Area: Environmental Law

Office #:  WTC


CV Link: Burke Resume


Jennifer A. Burke is a lawyer who counsels clients on environmental compliance and enforcement matters. She served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board from 2011-2017. Previously, she was senior counsel on environmental matters in Chicago’s Law Department and partner in the Jenner & Block law firm.  Burke sits on the advisory board and teaches at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. She is an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School. Her law degree is from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is Jesuit-educated through Georgetown University and St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School. Burke lives in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and four sons.


  • BS of Science in Biology and History at Georgetown University
  • JD at Chicago-Kent College of Law

Program Areas

Burke’s experience includes air permits (NSR, PSD, CAAPP), water permits (NPDES), wetlands (Section 404), brownfields remediation (CERCLA, RCRA, SRP), and corporate and real estate transactions (Phase 1, AAI). She represents clients in federal, state, and local matters. She also advises clients in property tax matters including tax treatment (exemptions and incentives) of environmental conditions.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Bar Admissions and Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois, admitted 1995
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, admitted 1995
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions