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    Steven M. Dalton

    Steve's primary practice is in Environmental Law. He is able to utilize his background in environmental sciences to anticipate, understand and address the issues that his clients confront. Steve assists business and individual clients in state and federal environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, solid and hazardous waste remediation and redevelopment of contaminated sites, underground storage tank compliance, water and sewer rights and approvals, Tideland rights and approvals, and municipal land use matters.  Steve also assists clients with environmental aspects of real estate transactional work including drafting contractual provisions, leasing, due diligence review and Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) review.  He has experience in actions to preserve water and sewer for affordable housing developments and in administrative law matters defending DEP enforcement actions and challenging permit denials, and is active in efforts to shape environmental regulatory policy on behalf of builder groups and individual clients.  Steve handles projects that range from single lot residential developments to large-scale mixed-use brownfield redevelopment projects.

    Practice Areas
    Practice Focus
    • Environmental Law
    • Land Use Law
    • Litigation
    Professional Activities
    • Member of the Legal Action Committee of the National Association of Home Builders
    • Member of the New York State Bar Association, Environmental Section
    • Member of the New Jersey Builders Association
    • Member of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey
    • Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
    Other Professional and Personal Information
    Prior to joining the firm, Steve practiced in New York and dealt primarily with environmental issues involving New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania law, with a focus on representation of  the interests of various mining facilities and related industrial companies in connection with environmental and land use related issues, including environmental quality review under New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act. In this capacity, he also gained experience in the areas of estate law, real estate, landlord/tenant proceedings, matrimonial law, and general litigation.

    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • Pace University School of Law, J.D. (1996)
    • S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, B.S. (1993)
    • S.U.N.Y. College of Technology at Delhi, A.A.S. (1991)
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    Press Mentions
    • Presenter, Annual Environmental Review, Atlantic Builders Convention, March 20, 2024
    • Presenter, Annual Environmental Review, Atlantic Builders Convention, March 29, 2023
    • Panelist, 2022 Legislative and Regulatory Update, New Jersey Builders Association, March 4, 2022
    • Moderator, "Stormwater," Atlantic Builders Convention, October 13, 2021
    • Moderator, "Annual Environmental Review," Atlantic Builders Convention, October 12, 2021
    • Moderator, 2019 Legislative and Regulatory Update, New Jersey Builders Association, September 25, 2019
    • Speaker, "Legal Trends in Environmental Law," Atlantic Builders Convention, April 3, 2019
    • Panelist, 2018 Legislative and Regulatory Update, New Jersey Builders Association, September 21, 2018
    • Speaker, "Legal Trends in Environmental Law," Atlantic Builders Convention, April 11, 2018
    • Understanding Site Remediation in New Jersey, May 17, 2017
    • Annual Environmental Review, 2017 Atlantic Builders Convention, April 6, 2017
    • Legal Trends - Part II Environmental Law, 2016 Atlantic Builders Convention, March 30, 2016
    • Speaker, "Regulatory Roundup"NJBA, September 18, 2015
    • "Annual Environmental Law Update," 2015 New Jersey Planning Conference, American Planning Association, New Jersey Chapter, January 29, 2015
    • "Environmental Problems & Solutions" CCIM-NY, April 18, 2013
    • Legal Trends - Part II Environmental Law, 2011 Atlantic Builders Convention, April 7, 2011
    • Key Issues in Acquiring a Manufacturing Business, Sponsored by the ICLE 2009 Business Law Symposium, April 24, 2009