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Frederick (Rick) S. Mueller is chair of Johnson  & Bell’s Environmental Law group, and focuses on environmental litigation, environmental counseling and product liability defense.

Throughout a 25-plus year career, Mr. Mueller has litigated multiparty hazardous waste cases and complex mass tort cases, including the defense of upwards of 1,000 asbestos lawsuits beginning in 1976, when the first asbestos lawsuit was filed in Illinois’ Cook County to present.

Mr. Mueller has defended corporations involved in multiparty hazardous waste cases initiated by federal and state environmental protection agencies pursuant to CERCLA and other statutes, as well as in civil administrative actions filed by federal and state authorities under TSCA and other environmental statutes.

He also counsels clients on compliance with hazardous and infectious-waste regulations, assists in the response to chemical spills and accidents and helps clients meet environmental permitting requirements.

Mr. Mueller currently serves as National Coordinating Counsel for a pump manufacturer and also for an asbestos insulation contractor. Past clients include a bankrupt Fortune 500 asbestos-pipe covering and block manufacturer and a local asbestos cement manufacturer. He’s currently defending a pump manufacturer, a boiler manufacturer, a fiber-sealing compound manufacturer and an asbestos installation contractor.

A member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations, Mr. Mueller is a past chair of the Illinois Bar’s Environmental Law Section Council. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and is a member of the American Law Firm Association’s Environmental Practice Group Steering Committee. He was formerly environmental counsel for Velsicol Chemical Corp.