Martha N. Donovan


Martha N. Donovan, Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Group, devotes her practice to environmental law and complex litigation with an emphasis on the defense of environmental property damage and toxic tort claims. She is also experienced in working on related insurance coverage matters.

Martha has represented clients in administrative and judicial proceedings before state and federal courts and agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Martha has litigated matters relating to the generation, storage, discharge, or release of hazardous substances, including representation under CERCLA and Superfund, and has defended actions filed by adjoining, predecessor, and successor property owners alleging physical injuries, emotional distress, or lost property values. In addition, she aids in resolving matters involving air emissions, wastewater discharges, noise pollution, and responses to spill events.

Martha has authored articles and has made presentations to trade groups and associations on issues ranging from lender liability under Superfund to the availability of insurance coverage for various aspects of business-related accidents.

Martha has been recognized in Chambers USA for several years and is ranked in Band 2 of the Environment Section. She has been selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Environmental Section and Best Lawyers in the Environmental Law section every year since 2010. Martha was also named the Best Lawyers Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge New Jersey Metro Area for 2023, 2021, 2020, 2018, and 2016.

  • University of Virginia School of Law
    • J.D.
  • Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
    • B.A. in Chemistry, magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Affiliations
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court
  • Society of Women Environmental Professionals
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court
    • District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Second Circuit
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