Claire A. Manning


Claire A. Manning focuses her practice primarily in the fields of environment and energy, natural resources, and administrative law, having had key legal roles in government prior to entering private practice in 2002, specifically as Chairman of the Illinois Pollution Control Board from 1993-2000 and as one of the original members of the Illinois Public Labor Board, 1984-1993.   She has successfully represented her clients in federal and state courts throughout Illinois and before various administrative agencies, such as the Illinois Pollution Control Board, the Illinois and US EPA, the Illinois and US Departments of Agriculture, the Illinois DNR, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  She counsels clients regarding specific laws and legislation, assisting them in making and implementing strategic business decisions related to permitting, licensing, regulatory compliance, due diligence, and court challenges to administrative authority or decision making. 

Manning has been recognized as one of the top ten female lawyers in downstate Illinois, was profiled in a Leading Lawyer publication, and is recognized as such in the following areas of law: environment; agriculture; government, regulatory and administrative; and labor and employment law.  She is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, having served as Chair of the Administrative Law Section Council and of the Women and Law Standing Committee, and as a member of the Environmental Law Section Council, the Agricultural Law Section Council and the Judicial Evaluation Committee for Judges Outside of Cook County.   In 2007 she received a Laureate Award from the Illinois bar, an honor bestowed on lawyers “who have established and maintained the highest principles of the profession as demonstrated by their pervasive record of service to the law and the public.”   Upon appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, she serves as Chair of the Hearings Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, the appellate body hearing attorney discipline cases.


  • Illinois, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2003


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (J.D. - 1979)
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (B.A. - 1972)