HesseMartone Alumnus Named General Counsel of Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Springfield, Illinois – HesseMartone congratulates its alumnus, Brent Krebs, on his appointment to General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). IDNR manages the state’s conservation, endangered species, forestry, great lakes restoration, mines and minerals, nature preservation, and oil and gas resource management. As the Agency’s top attorney, Mr. Krebs will oversee the all legal issues and responsibilities vested in the Department of Natural Resources. He will report directly to Director Wayne Rosenthal.

Mr. Krebs has more than 20 years of legal experience, beginning with nearly 15 years in various roles of ascending responsibility at Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a Fortune 750 St. Louis based life sciences and high technology company.  At Sigma-Aldrich, he held multiple operations and human resource management positions and directed many of the company’s legal and compliance programs as Senior Corporate Counsel and Global Director of Regulatory Compliance, respectively. Mr. Krebs left Sigma-Aldrich to head up the legal operations of Prairie State Generating Company in 2011 as General Counsel for the Company. At Prairie State, he managed the legal department for the energy campus, a coal mine and 1600-MW power plant serving 2.5 million consumers throughout the Midwest.

After Prairie State, Mr. Krebs served as senior attorney for HesseMartone at its Springfield office, managing complex issues and litigation for corporate clients. He left HesseMartone to take a position as Assistant General Counsel for St. Jude’s Medical in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to his extensive private sector corporate experience, Mr. Krebs worked in Springfield, Illinois for the Illinois General Assembly and for Illinois Governor James Edgar, and was executive director of a Springfield, Illinois based business association. Mr. Krebs is a graduate of St. Louis University law school.

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