Mark R. Ter Molen: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Mark R. Ter Molen

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone+1 312 701 7307

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Practice Areas

  • Chemicals
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Toxic Tort
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • Property Rights
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 312 701 7307
Fax: +1 312 706 9115
University Cornell University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1984
Law SchoolThe University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1987
Admitted1988, Illinois; 1989, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 1990, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Founding president of Baker Demonstration School, a 400 student pre-K through 8th grade independent school in Wilmette, Illinois, 2003 to date

Various church and municipal volunteer positions

American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Environmental Law, Section on National Resources

Illinois State Bar Association


Mark Ter Molen is a litigator, with a particular emphasis on product liability/mass tort and environmental matters, and environmental attorney who for more than 20 years has focused primarily on representing clients in federal and state product liability/toxic tort and environmental trials and appeals, including putative class actions, in complex products and environmental litigation, and in regulatory hearings and appeals conducted before state and federal agencies. He also provides general corporate counselling on environmental compliance issues and environmental concerns in the context of corporate transactions; supervises environmental remediations pursuant to various state and/or federal requirements; and conducts condemnation and property valuation actions.

Mark is the co-chair of Mayer Brown's Environmental Litigation group, which was recently named by Law 360 as one of the Environmental Litigation Groups of the year for 2011. Mark is also the former chair of Mayer Brown's mass tort litigation group. For 2014, Mark was named a Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting, which identified just 330 lawyers nationwide as providing exceptional service, based on client interviews. Among other accolades, Mark has been selected repeatedly as a Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law and Toxic Tort Defense Law by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers Network; as an Illinois Super Lawyer; and is listed in Chambers USA's America's Leading Lawyers for Business directory, the Legal 500 for litigation, and various other allegedly prestigious lawyer rating services. In 1996, Mark was honored with the Illinois State Bar Association's John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award for outstanding pro bono work in the state for his work in reversing the conviction of a man on Illinois' death row and subsequently establishing his actual innocence.


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Court Certifies Class for Narrow Liability Claims in Environmental Contamination Case
Sarah E. Reynolds,Evan M. Tager,Mark R. Ter Molen, April 13, 2015
Traditionally, federal courts have been reluctant to certify class actions in environmental contamination cases because of inherently unique issues raised by plaintiffs’ personal-injury claims. In other contexts, however, class plaintiffs have been able to overcome atypicality arguments at...

Texas Supreme Court Raises the Evidentiary Bar for Damages in Environmental Contamination Cases
Sarah E. Reynolds,Mark R. Ter Molen, September 19, 2014
In a recent decision involving damages for environmental contamination, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a jury award because the plaintiff failed to meet the high standard for establishing loss of market value, and the even higher standard for “stigma” damages associated with...

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Mark R. Ter Molen

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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