Reese Elledge established Gould & Ratner’s Environmental Law practice in 1970. He has helped clients avoid or resolve disputes concerning noise, blasting, air pollution, water pollution, drainage, the disposal of solid waste and the cleanup of contaminated lands.

His practice includes counseling clients on federal, state and local regulations regarding environmental issues and advocating the legal interests of clients in disputes with various regulatory agencies. Reese has represented clients on mine safety and health issues, as well as surface mine reclamation issues, since the enactment of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act and the Surface Coal Mine Reclamation Act in 1977.

Reese has been recognized as an Illinois SuperLawyer and has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the areas of Environmental Law and Mineral & Natural Resource Law.



  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1961
  • Carleton College, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Chicago Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
  • Past Commodore, Columbia Yacht Club
  • Founder, Assistant Secretary and Director, Columbia’s Chester Kuttner Foundation