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Here are some of Carlson’s Clients


  • Amalgamated Bank of Chicago
  • American Midwest Bank
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Citizens Financial Bank
  • Community Bank Wheaton/Glen Ellyn
  • Delaware Place Bank
  • Edgebrook Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First American Bank
  • First Merit Bank
  • First Midwest Bank
  • Gold Coast Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA
  • Leaders Bank
  • New City Bank
  • Northbrook Bank & Trust Co.
  • Regions Bank
  • TCF Bank
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation

General Industry

  • Allied Nursery, Inc.
  • Chiquita Brands North America
  • DHL
  • Fresh Express Incorporated
  • Klemm Tank Lines
  • Waukegan Tire
  • By the Hand Club for Kids
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Wheaton College
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Spectrum Health Medical Group
  • Ascent CH3, LLC
  • Auto Parts City
  • Clean Harbors Environmental Services
  • FCL Builders, Inc
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Kenny Construction
  • Midwest Wrecking Company
  • Northern Builders, Inc.
  • Schwartz Excavating, Inc.
  • Alessio and Sons Co.
  • Draper & Kramer, Inc.
  • Sun Life Financial
  • XL Insurance Group
  • Big Ten Conference
  • G. W. Berkheimer Co. Inc.
  • Golden State Foods
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Hey & Associates, Inc.
  • Johnson and Quin
  • Meade Electric
  • Thorne Electric
  • Union Pacific Railroad

Government Entities

  • Brookfield Public Library
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Wheaton
  • City of Woodstock
  • DeKalb Park District
  • DeKalb Sanitary District
  • Glenview Park District
  • Lake County Forest Preserve
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Mount Prospect Park District
  • Public Building Commission of Chicago
  • Village of Brookfield
  • Village of Hodgkins
  • Village of Romeoville
  • Will County Forest Preserve
  • Wood Dale Park District
  • Illinois International Port District

Real Estate Developers

  • Value Industrial Partners
  • Mirvac Industrial Trust
  • Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
  • Aeroterm
  • Capri Investment Group
  • CenterPoint Properties Trust
  • Colliers International
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Duke Realty
  • Fordham Company
  • Invesco Real Estate
  • Jupiter Realty Company
  • KTR Capital Partners
  • Lee & Associates of Illinois, LLC
  • Marc Realty
  • Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation
  • ML Realty Partners
  • NAI Hiffman Asset Management LLC
  • Northmarq Capital
  • Opus Holding, L.L.C.
  • Pritzker Realty Group
  • Realterm Global
  • Riverview Realty Partners Investments LLC
  • Seefried Industrial Properties, Inc.
  • The Prime Group Inc.

Law Firms

  • Bryan Cave LLC
  • Durkin Joyce, LLC
  • Greenburg Traurig, LLP
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson
  • Holland and Knight, LLC
  • Kaplan Papadakis & Gournis, PC
  • Much Shelist
  • Schiff Hardin, LLP
  • Wooden & McLaughlin LLP

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Matthew Grusecki - Senior Vice President, Northern Builders, Inc.

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Sean P. Maher - Managing Director, PSP Capital Partners, LLC

"I have had the pleasure to work with Carlson Environmental on numerous environmental projects over the past 20 plus years. During that time, Carlson has always provided professional guidance, oversight and reporting no matter the size of the project. We look forward to a continued successful relationship."

James N. Alessio - President, Alessio & Sons Company

“I first encountered Carlson in the 1990’s on the other side of the table relating to a complex Federal facility. They were professional, responsive and importantly, really got the concept of solving the problem for the benefit of the project. Since then I have frequently retained and worked...

Michael K. Ohm - Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

"Carlson Environmental is a no-frills, no-nonsense environmental consulting firm that does one thing very well, which is to get the job done. They have a talented, practical staff that works with authority and with a good client touch."

Philip L. Comella - Chair, Environmental Group, Seyfarth Shaw LLC

“Carlson Environmental is my trusted source for environmental consulting. Whether it’s a Phase I / II or more complicated consulting, Carlson has repeatedly delivered comprehensive solutions for complicated issues. They have become an integral part of our acquisition and due diligence processes.“

Jacob P. Karamol - Director of Business Development, Development Solutions, Inc.

“For over 20 years, Carlson Environmental has exceeded our expectations of quality and performance. Carlson’s team exhibits an exceptional ability to identify, explain, and solve environmental issues in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

Thomas R. Kenrich - Chief Financial Officer, Northern Builders, Inc.

“Dermody Properties relies on Carlson Environmental as a critical member of its acquisition due diligence team. Ed Garske and Gail Artrip are experts at providing a pathway to a solution for brownfield redevelopment projects.”

Brian Quigley - Midwest Partner, Dermody Properties

“I wish to offer my highest recommendation of both Ed Garske as well as Carlson Environmental. On countless occasions both recently and over the years they have exhibited the highest standard of customer service I have experienced in virtually any industry. They are a classic case of "under...

David Kahnweiler - Chairman and CEO, Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler

Ed Garske and I worked on a transaction involving the due diligence and sale of 75 industrial properties. In investigating the environmental condition of the properties and identifying issues to be resolved to allow the deal to go forward, Ed was very thorough, practical, and responsive. Everything was...

Leo P. Dombrowski - Partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP

“During a routine refinancing of our property, an environmental issue was found that we were not expecting. Ed Garske guided us through the analysis of the problem, the required remediation and the process for obtaining the governmental approval of the work, as a friend more than a vendor....

James Newman - Principal, Generation Forty Five, LLC

“Carlson, Ed Garske and their people are consistently effective, insightful and responsive. They provide invaluable service and support to our investment and management efforts.”

John Horrigan - Principal, Value Industrial Partners, LLC

“CenterPoint and Carlson formed a partnership that has lasted over 20 years. They understand CenterPoint’s risk tolerance and have successfully assisted us in assessing, mitigating and monitoring environmental risk. Carlson thinks outside of the box to provide solutions to make deals happen! They are responsive, meet deadlines, and...

Elizabeth A. Seltzer - Vice President of Risk Management, CenterPoint Properties

“Carlson knows its stuff and has vast experience in the real world. I can rely on Carlson’s counsel to not only understand technical issues, but also to formulate litigation strategy and offer business advice to my clients.”

James D Brusslan - Environmental Attorney, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

“The Carlson team not only brings technical expertise to land based environmental problems, but also pragmatic, business oriented solutions. Their experience and skills are often keys to allowing buyers and sellers to find and implement solutions which are key to making business and real estate transactions proceed.”

Bryan E. Keyt – Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP

“The Carlson Environmental professional staff has the technical skills and experience necessary to provide practical solutions to environmental issues. We value their expertise along with the responsiveness and collaboration they bring to our project team.”

Margaret Knowlton - Director of Environmental Risk, Opus Holding, LLC

“In Banking, far too often our focus on the environmental component of a real estate relationship occurs only when there is a problem. Fortunately we have an established relationship with Carlson Environmental. Ed Garske and his entire staff are professional, responsive, knowledgeable and fair. And most important, they...

Matthew Sessa - Managing Director - CBIC Bank
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