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Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. offers exceptional career opportunities to lawyers, aspiring graduates and business support professionals in an environment that is challenging and rewarding. Our continued success depends on our most important asset – our people – which is why we take care in recruiting and retaining the best. We look for candidates with academic excellence, proven commitment and self-motivation.

As a forward-thinking and client-oriented law firm, Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla is continually seeking out new talent to join our team. We look for team players possessing the ability to work individually and as a part of our departmental teams.

If interested, we encourage you to submit a cover letter and resume directly to James D'Arcy, via email to info@ghclaw.com or via fax to (732) 224-6599.

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    Michael J. Gross
    Co-Managing Shareholder

    Mike, chair of the Environmental Law Practice Area, handles all aspects of New Jersey and federal environmental law, including permitting and litigation, CAFRA, sewage disposal and water supply, wetlands, riparian (tidelands) law, solid waste, flood hazard areas, siting of energy and other industrial facilities, site remediation, Pinelands, Highlands, cultural resources, stormwater, wastewater planning, water and air pollution. He also appears before planning and zoning boards and has handled complex construction litigation matters.

    Mike is environmental counsel to the New Jersey Builders Association and general counsel to the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey. The Environmental Law Department authored the environmental law section of The New Jersey Land Use and Environmental Law Treatise and Mike co-authors the New Jersey Water Law Survey updates to the Waters and Water Rights Treatise.

    He has been involved in major litigation both before the New Jersey courts and the Office of Administrative Law and has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division. Mike has served as an expert witness in cases before the New Jersey Superior Court and the U.S. District Court.

    Practice Areas
    Practice Focus
    • Environmental Law
    • Land Use Law
    Professional Activities
    • Member of the American Bar Association, Advisory Panel
    • Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Member of the National Association of Home Builders Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS)
    • Member of the Legal Action Committee of the National Association of Home Builders
    • Member of the New Jersey Builders Association
    • Member of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey
    Other Professional and Personal Information
    Mike has taught a course, Municipal Land Use Law, as co-adjunct faculty for Rutgers University and lectured on environmental law in Monmouth University graduate courses. He has spoken on environmental issues at numerous seminars on behalf of Chambers of Commerce, the New Jersey Builders Association, the New Jersey Society of Real Estate Appraisers, ICLE and the Essex County Bar Association. He previously co-hosted "Environmental Straight Talk" on cable television.

    Prior to joining the firm in 1976, Mike was a Deputy Attorney General with the NJ Department of Law & Public Safety for four years. He represented the Department of Environmental Protection in diverse areas of environmental law, prosecuting numerous cases on behalf of the State.
    Admissions
    • New Jersey
    Education
    • Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D. (1970)
    • Rutgers University , B.A. (1967)
    Honors/Awards
    • Voted a 2018 Monmouth County Top Lawyer, Monmouth Health & Life, November 2018
    • New Jersey Builders Association's Chairman's Award for the Environmental Affairs Committee, 2018
    • Named the "Woodbridge Area Best Lawyers Environmental Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 and 2018
    • Named the "Woodbridge Area Best Lawyers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year" for 2017
    • Recipient of NJBA's Chairman's Award for 2014 and 2017
    • Named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005-2018
    • AV®Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Ranked in Chambers USA under Environmental Law, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
    • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
    • Life Member in Who's Who National Registry.
    • Named one of the "Ten Leaders in New Jersey Environmental Law" for 2003-2004 by Digital Press International
    • Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law
    • Listed in Madison Who's Who of Executives and Professionals
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