Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla's Environmental Practice Area boasts several of New Jersey's leading authorities on environmental law with experience and in-depth knowledge of the network of local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Our attorneys provide environmental counsel to residential and commercial builders and developers, including numerous Fortune 500 public and private companies. We also represent real estate lenders and owners, operators and developers of industrial and manufacturing facilities, and telecommunications companies. We serve as environmental counsel to the New Jersey Builders Association and general counsel to the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey.
We counsel purchasers and sellers of real estate, as well as real estate lenders, regarding the impact of environmental regulations. Our attorneys provide in-depth assistance to our clients throughout the development approval process, including due diligence, coordinating with consultants and technical professionals, securing development approvals from municipalities, federal agencies, and state agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, perfecting approvals through condition compliance, and defending clients in objector lawsuits. Our experience includes matters involving government enforcement actions relating to industrial sites, landfills, power plants, and construction sites, and we have extensive experience representing clients in litigation involving controversial projects. We also advise clients concerning potential liability under state and federal laws for the costs of remediating hazardous substances, and we work with our clients and other technical professionals in navigating the remediation process.
Our attorneys are actively involved in important industry associations including: the New Jersey Builders Association; the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey; the New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Sections; the American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law; the National Association of Home Builders Legal Action Committee and Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS); and the National Brownfield Association. Our attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers.
We assist our clients in obtaining development approvals from state and federal agencies and in defending against enforcement actions in the following areas:
- Wastewater Management Planning/Sewage Disposal
- Stream Encroachment
- Threatened and Endangered Species
- Cultural and Archaeological Resources
- Highlands, Pinelands
- Tidelands, Riparian Rights
- Waterfront Development
- Green Acres
- Air and Water Pollution Control
- Solid Waste Management
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Clean-up Discharge/Liability
- Water Supply
We also counsel clients in the following areas:
- Management of hazardous site cleanups for manufacturers and developers.
- Wastewater management planning.
- Drafting of new environmental legislation in coordination with trade associations and legislators.
- Commenting on proposed regulations.
- Coordinating with environmental management consultants, engineers and other specialists.
- Defense of enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies.
- Defense of clients facing citizen suits brought under environmental statutes.
To conveniently serve our environmental clients, we have established an office in Trenton, located steps from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
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August 15, 2019
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April 25, 2019
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Michael Bruno and Steven Dalton Receive NJBA's Cornerstone Award
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November 1, 2018
Steven Goldenberg Joins GH&C as Shareholder
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Marc Policastro Authors Article "Natural Resource Damages: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?" in New Jersey Law Journal
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Michael Gross Chosen to Receive NJBA's Committee Chair's Award
March 20, 2018
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March 9, 2018
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November 1, 2017
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August 16, 2017
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May 30, 2017
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March 15, 2017
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Legal/Legislative Update March 2017
February 15, 2017
Court Defines Time of Application Trigger
November 2, 2016
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November 4, 2013
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August 19, 2013
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May 24, 2013
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November 5, 2012
Advisory for Immediate Evaluation of Contaminated Sites
September 28, 2012
DEP Begins Implementation of "Waiver Rule"
September 18, 2012
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September 13, 2012
NJDEP Appoints Marc Policastro To Off-Site Source Investigation Documentation Committee of NJDEP's Technical Guidance Group.
June 7, 2012
Sixteen Giordano Attorneys Ranked in Chambers USA
April 23, 2012
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla's Environmental Law Practice Group Launches Blog, NJ Environmental Law Blog"
March 16, 2012
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March 15, 2012
Steven J. Corodemus Authors Op-Ed Piece In Asbury Park Press
March 8, 2012
DEP Adopts "Waiver Rule"
January 18, 2012
GHC Alert: Governor Signs Water Quality Management Plan Legislation
January 12, 2012
GHC Alert: Legislature Takes Final Action On Water Quality Management Plan Legislation
January 5, 2012
Marc Policastro Authors Q&A On Environmental Liability
January 2, 2012
Marc Policastro Authors Article "Ranking Your Contaminated Site" in NJBIZ
December 8, 2011
Michael J. Gross and Paul H. Schneider Present At NJBA's Stormwater Seminar
August 31, 2011
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August 30, 2011
Marc Policastro Authors Article "Mother Nature Always Wins" in NJBIZ
August 30, 2011
"Mother Nature Always Wins"
August 26, 2011
Steven M. Dalton Authors Article in NJBA Dimensions
June 10, 2011
Fifteen Giordano Attorneys Ranked in Chambers USA
March 29, 2011
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March 8, 2011
GH&C Update: The Proposed NJDEP Waiver Rule
February 15, 2011
Steven M. Dalton Authors Case Study in Commerce Magazine
September 21, 2010
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. Ranked In U.S. News - Best Lawyers, "Best Law Firms" Rankings
August 17, 2010
Appeals Court Closes OPRA Loophole
August 3, 2010
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June 11, 2010
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