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    Paul H. Schneider

    Paul, Chair of the Environmental & Land Use Litigation Practice Area, focuses his practice in environmental, redevelopment, land use, regulatory, real estate and affordable housing law, and litigation. He also handles a wide variety of redevelopment matters as well as corporate and commercial litigation. In addition to handling major litigation before both the state and federal courts and the Office of Administrative Law, he has extensive experience before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Appellate Division.

    Paul represents real estate developers and other businesses in all types of environmental and land use matters, including permitting and compliance in the areas of water, wetlands, waste, and air; brownfields redevelopment; site remediation; and transactional. He also represents landowners in cost recovery actions, as well as in enforcement actions brought by government or environmental groups.

    Practice Areas
    Practice Focus
    • Environmental Law and Litigation
    • Real Estate and Land Use Law and Litigation
    • Redevelopment Law and Litigation
    • Affordable Housing Law and Litigation
    • Litigation of Commercial and Business Disputes
    Professional Activities
    • Member of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law
    • Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Sections
    • Member of the National Association of Home Builders Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS)
    • Member of the New Jersey Builders Association
    • Member of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey
    Other Professional and Personal Information
    Paul served as a Senior Deputy Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, where he was the Chief of the Tort Claims Litigation Section. During his tenure with the Attorney General's Office, he also represented the Department of Insurance, Department of Transportation, and Department of Environmental Protection.

    Paul has written for the New Jersey Lawyer, and is a frequent lecturer before various business and legal organizations.

    • New Jersey
    • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., with honors (1978)
    • Rutgers University, B.A. (1975)
    • Voted a 2021 Monmouth County Top Lawyer,* Monmouth Health & Life, October 2021
    • Named the Best Lawyers® 2022 Litigation - Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year" for the Woodbridge Area
    • Voted a 2020 Monmouth County Top Lawyer,(* Monmouth Health & Life, October 2020
    • Named The Best Lawyers' 2021 Woodbridge Area Litigation - Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"*
    • Named The Best Lawyers' 2019 Woodbridge Area Litigation - Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year"*
    • Voted a 2018 Monmouth County Top Lawyer,* Monmouth Health & Life, November 2018
    • Named the Woodbridge Area Best Lawyers®  Real Estate Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"* in 2017 and 2020
    • Named the "Woodbridge Area Best Lawyers Environmental Lawyer of the Year"* in 2013, 2016
    • Named the "Woodbridge Area Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Litigation"* in 2012 and 2014
    • Recipient of NJBA's Chairman's Award for 2014
    • Named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer®* for 2008-2021 and noted in the Top 100 attorneys in New Jersey
    • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell*
    • Ranked in Chambers USA* under Environmental Law
    • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers* since 2009
    • Recognized by Department of Environmental Protection for Outstanding Service on Behalf of New Jersey's Environment (1991)
    Award Methodology Description

    Best Lawyers Award Badge

    Press Mentions
    • Panelist, "Legal Trends II - Environmental Law," Atlantic Builders Convention 2013, April 2013
    • "Legal Trends-Part II, Environmental Law," Atlantic Builders Convention, sponsored by the New Jersey Builders Association, 2012
    • "Legal Trends-Part II, Environmental Law," Atlantic Builders Convention, sponsored by the New Jersey Builders Association, 2011
    • "Stormwater Seminar," NJBA, December 8, 2011
    • "Legal Trends-Part II, Environmental Law," Atlantic Builders Convention, sponsored by the New Jersey Builders Association, 2010

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