Dave Scriven-Young

Dave Scriven-Young

Commercial Litigation, Environmental, & Construction Attorney at Peckar & Abramson | Author, IL Environmental Law Blog

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Chicago, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area)
Industry
Law Practice

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Dave Scriven-Young's Summary

Dave Scriven-Young is a senior litigation associate primarily in the Environmental Law, Construction, and Commercial Litigation Groups at Peckar & Abramson. His environmental expertise includes handling Superfund cases and wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage claims arising out of underground storage tank leaks and chemical releases. He represents clients before the Environmental Protection Agency in enforcement matters. He counsels clients on compliance and permitting issues under environmental laws and regulations. He helps clients take advantage of state and federal audit policies. He advises clients on mergers and acquisitions concerning environmental liability and permitting issues, and conducts due diligence and prepares representations and warranties for corporate transactions.

His construction expertise includes prosecution and defense of mechanic’s lien actions, payment and performance bond claims, breach-of-contract actions, breach-of-warranty claims, delay and inefficiency claims, contract terminations, and other matters. He also defends clients against actions involving personal injuries at job sites.

He regularly speaks and publishes on environmental and construction law issues. He is the author of the Illinois Environmental Law blog (http://illinoisenvironmentallaw.com), which provides news and updates on environmental cases, laws, and regulations.

He holds several leadership positions, including: Member of the Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers; Chair of the CBA Environmental Law Committee; officer of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, serving as Assembly Speaker; Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems; and Member of the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Law Initiative.

He is accepting new clients and appreciate any referrals. To set up an initial consultation, please contact his office by phone at (312) 239-9722 or e-mail at dscriven-young@pecklaw.com.

Specialties

Civil litigation, environmental law, construction law

Dave Scriven-Young's Experience

Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, and Construction Law Senior Associate Attorney

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry

2009Present (5 years) Greater Chicago Area

Peckar & Abramson is one of the nation’s leading construction law firms, routinely handling clients’ needs throughout the United States and the world. At P&A, I litigate commercial litigation matters, including cases involving fraud, breach of contract, RICO, and employment cases brought by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Illinois Department of Human Rights. I help prepare clients’ key personnel for deposition and cross-examination at trial, manage discovery, including paper and electronic production and privilege logs, and supervise junior associates and paralegals during document production.

I also act as outside general counsel to corporate clients in the construction and manufacturing industries on construction, environmental, and employment issues. Concerning environmental matters, I handle Superfund cases and wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage claims arising out of underground storage tank leaks, spills of chlorinated solvents, and other chemical releases. I represent clients before the Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental agencies in enforcement matters. I counsel clients on compliance and/or permitting issues under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. I also help clients take advantage of state and federal audit policies. I advise clients on mergers and acquisitions concerning environmental liability and permitting issues, and conduct due diligence and prepare representations and warranties for corporate transactions.

On construction issues, I regularly prosecute and defend mechanics lien actions, payment and performance bond claims, breach-of-contract actions, breach-of-warranty claims, delay and inefficiency claims, contract terminations, and other matters. I also defend clients against actions involving personal injuries at job sites.

Author

Illinois Environmental Law Blog

2009Present (5 years) Greater Chicago Area

I am the author of the Illinois Environmental Law Blog (http://illinoisenvironmentallaw.com/), where I provide news and updates on cases, laws, and regulations involving Illinois environmental issues.

Member, Board of Managers

The Chicago Bar Association

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Legal Services industry

2014Present (less than a year) Greater Chicago Area

As a member of the CBA Board of Managers, I help lead the association and contribute to the development of its ongoing policies and programming as well as the management of its operating budget. The CBA Board of Managers consists of 24 total members of Chicago’s legal elite, including a federal district court judge, two judges from the Circuit Court of Cook County and several general counsels from both non-profit and for-profit companies. The Board includes 16 members elected by the membership and 6 officers including the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. I joined seven other new managers on the 2014-2015 CBA board.

Chair, Environmental Law Committee

The Chicago Bar Association

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Legal Services industry

2014Present (less than a year) Greater Chicago Area

The CBA Environmental Law Committee is concerned with the preservation of our environment, particularly, but not limited to, natural resources, water, air and noise pollution. It evaluates and recommends legislation, provides an active and interesting program of luncheon speakers and sponsors the annual Environmental Law Seminar. As Chair, I lead the Committee, find speakers, and organize panel discussions.

Assembly Speaker, Young Lawyers Division

American Bar Association

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Legal Services industry

2014Present (less than a year)

The Assembly is the principal policy-making body of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. It is composed of approximately 300 young lawyers from national, state, local, and specialty bar associations from around the country, and the military branches. The Assembly meets at the ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings. During the Assembly meetings, young lawyer issues and resolutions are debated and voted upon. As Speaker, I preside over the Assembly, chair the Resolutions Team and the Elections Committee, and serve as a member of the YLD Council.

Member, Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems

American Bar Association

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Legal Services industry

2014Present (less than a year)

The Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems was created in 1997 as a successor to the Coordinating Commission on Legal Technology (CCOLT) and is comprised of representatives from a number of Association entities selected by the ABA President to provide guidance and oversight for the Association's technology initiatives. The Committee is responsible for:
--providing volunteer oversight for the Association's use of technology and information resources, --including coordination and monitoring activities of Information Systems and the Legal Technology Resource Center ;
--reviewing and recommend changes to the Association's strategic technology plan;
--identifying, developing, and promoting technology-related member benefits;
--identifying strategies by which technology can be applied to improve the efficiency and quality of legal services and the activities of the Association;
--providing member coordination for the implementation of structural improvements to the Association's technological and information systems;
--promoting member and public awareness of the Association's internal and external technology and information projects and programs; and
--establishing liaisons with Association entities and state, territorial and local bar associations to further coordination and communication in this area.

Member, Board of Directors

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Legal Services industry

2014Present (less than a year) Chicago Chicago Area

PILI’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need.

We envision a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where law students, lawyers and legal professionals at all stages of their careers engage in public interest law or pro bono work, and remain committed to addressing the unmet legal needs of the poor and underrepresented.

PILI’s Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs place law students and recent law school graduates at public interest law organizations, with PILI providing supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Our Alumni Network builds and maintains the connection between past PILI Interns and Fellows and the public interest law community through educational, networking, leadership, and service opportunities.

Through our Pro Bono Initiative Program, PILI enhances the scope and quantity of pro bono legal assistance in Illinois for those who lack access to justice by offering a range of pro bono programming and resources, by developing innovative projects and cultivating best practices, and by celebrating ongoing pro bono contributions.

Civil Litigation, Environmental Counseling, and Toxic Tort Litigation Associate Attorney

McDermott Will and Emery

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

20052009 (4 years) Greater Chicago Area

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, McDermott has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. McDermott also has a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

At McDermott, I gained first-chair jury trial experience. I also:
• Litigated commercial cases involving products liability, breach of contract, insurance coverage, defamation, fraud, and shareholder derivative claims.
• Defended manufacturing, chemical, and petroleum clients in property damage, personal injury, toxic tort, and environmental actions in state and federal courts.
• Prosecuted indemnification claims in arbitrations, state trial court, and appellate court.
• Conducted due diligence and prepared representations and warranties for mergers and acquisitions.
• Counseled clients regarding compliance and permitting under environmental laws and regulations.
• Counseled clients on how to take advantage of state and federal audit policies.

Environmental Counselor and Toxic Tort Litigation Associate Attorney

Jenner & Block LLP

Partnership; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry

20032005 (2 years) Greater Chicago Area

Jenner & Block has approximately 470 attorneys located in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC and offers substantial experience in a broad range of legal areas, including litigation and environmental law. At Jenner, I drafted briefs in a successful Seventh Circuit appeal, investigated facts and drafted a contribution complaint, and responded to document requests in defense of an electric utility client.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow

Alliance for the Great Lakes

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

May 2003August 2003 (4 months)

I was awarded a summer fellowship through the Public Interest Law Initiative to work at the Alliance for the Great Lakes while studying for bar examination. Alliance for the Great Lakes (formerly known as Lake Michigan Federation) works to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource through policy, education and local efforts aimed at preserving the Great Lakes region as a national treasure. It also works with the region's residents, enhancing their understanding of how they can help, too.

During my fellowship, I drafted an amicus brief for a Michigan Supreme Court environmental case, and conducted legal research on various water quality issues.

Dave Scriven-Young's Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

    Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer (2014)

    Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine

Dave Scriven-Young's Skills & Expertise

  1. Environmental Law
  2. Contract Management
  3. PowerPoint
  4. Claim
  5. Litigation
  6. Construction Law
  7. Civil Litigation
  8. Legal Research
  9. Legal Writing
  10. Commercial Litigation
  11. Mediation
  12. Appeals
  13. Courts
  14. Class Actions
  15. Arbitration
  16. Trials
  17. Personal Injury
  18. Employment Law
  19. Product Liability
  20. Westlaw
  21. Dispute Resolution
  22. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  23. Trial Practice
  24. Environmental Awareness
  25. Public Speaking
  26. Defense
  27. Legal Issues
  28. Due Diligence
  29. Document Review
  30. Torts
  31. Editing
  32. Attorneys
  33. Land Use
  34. Litigation Support
  35. Mergers & Acquisitions
  36. Corporate Law
  37. International Law

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Dave Scriven-Young's Education

DePaul University College of Law

Juris Doctor

20002003

summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Dean’s List (five semesters); CALI Awards for Excellence in Legal Writing I & II, Evidence, Legislative Process, and State Constitutional Law

Activities and Societies: Law Review; Law clerk extern for The Honorable Blanche M. Manning, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Marquette University

B.A., Political Science & History

19962000

magna cum laude; Dean’s List

Activities and Societies: Writer for Marquette Tribune, Hockey Team

Fenwick High School

High School Diploma

19921996

Dave Scriven-Young's Additional Information

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Interests:

movies, ice hockey, baseball, "green" issues, alternative energy, politics

Groups and Associations:

American Bar Association Co-Chair Networking/Rainmaking Subcommittee, Section of Litigation Young Advocates Committee YLD Committee & Liaison Director Public & Special Interest Entities (2012-2013) YLD Committee & Liaison Director Membership Entities (2011-2012) YLD Liaison to Environment Energy & Resource Section Task Force on Policy & Coordination YLD Truth In Law School Education Committee Member YLD Touch 10,000 State Coordinator & Ambassador Past Chair, YLD Environment Energy & Resources and Law Practice Management Committees Chicago Bar Association Co-Chair, YLS Environmental Law Committee Legislative Liaison, CBA Environmental Law Committee Fenwick High School Bar Association Secretary Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Network Leadership Council Program Planning Team Leader DePaul University President’s Club Recent Graduate Committee Co-Chair Alumni Advisor, Environmental Law Society

Honors and Awards:

David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service from Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

Selected as a "Rising Star" in Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine

Selected to the "14 Under 40" List in DePaul Magazine

Quoted in BNA's Daily Environment Report, ABA Journal, and American Bar Association's Student Lawyer Magazine

Great Lakes Stewardship Award--Advocate of the Year--from the Alliance for the Great Lakes

Star of the Quarter from the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

Inclusion in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law by Marquis Who's Who

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