Scott B. Sievers is a solo attorney in the law firm of Scott B. Sievers, P.C., a Springfield, Illinois law firm established in 2012. Mr. Sievers served as an Assistant Attorney General within the Office of the Illinois Attorney General from May 2006 to March 2012, initially as the first Assistant Public Access Counselor and later as Assistant Supervisor of the Civil Trials Unit within the Springfield General Law Bureau. In 2012 Mr. Sievers joined the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as an Associate Attorney. Before voluntarily leaving the agency in July 2017 to focus on his private practice full time, Mr. Sievers served Illinois EPA as an administrative hearing officer, a Special Assistant State’s Attorney, and a Special Assistant Attorney General.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Sievers was an associate at the Springfield law firm of Donald M. Craven, P.C., where he represented a variety of individual and business clients, including the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Broadcasters Association. He co-authored the Open Government Guide (5th ed. 2006), published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of The Press. Mr. Sievers also co-authored then authored a chapter in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2011 and 2013 handbooks on Illinois’ Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts. He has taught mass communications law at Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.
Mr. Sievers earned his master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review. Before becoming a lawyer, he reported for the Austin (Minn.) Daily Herald, the (Marshall, Minn.) Independent, the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette. Mr. Sievers is admitted to practice in all Illinois state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Northern District general and trial bars.