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  • Jun 08, 2020Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group Highlighted Again in Chambers USA 2020

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world, has named the firm and three of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2020. These recognitions highlight the firm’s investment in and development of practice areas, as well as its commitment to preeminence in the legal industry.

    Edward A. Hogan and Martha N. Donovan, Members of the firm and Co-Chairs of its Environmental Law Practice Group, were ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section. Jeffrey M. Casaletto, also a Member of the firm, was ranked as “Up and Coming” in the Environment section for helping drive the firm’s growth.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group

    Hogan, a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, has been recognized for his decades of experience in site remediation matters. Chambers states the “[h]e is highly regarded for his work in site cleanup and cost recovery proceedings” and “commended by clients as ‘smart, responsive and experienced.’”  In past years, clients have called Hogan “a lawyer of choice” who “knows the law inside out” and they “trust his instincts and advice completely.” Currently listed in four categories in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Energy Law, Litigation–Environmental, and Natural Resources Law, Hogan has been included in the Environmental Law section since 1993.

    Donovan, who was also named the Best Lawyers in America Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area, for 2020, has previously been praised as “an exemplary litigator who, according to interviewees, ‘achieves positive and timely results for clients.’” She has been highlighted for her expertise in insurance coverage and state and federal environmental regulations. Chambers states that market commentators have said Donovan “‘has the full skill set’ when it comes to environmental law.” This year, her “wealth of experience handling issues relating to Superfund sites and environmental litigation” earned her another year of recognition.

    For the second year now, Casaletto has been recognized for navigating remedial investigations and noted for his “deep understanding of environmental law,” as well as hazardous waste, site remediation, and solid waste regulations, being described as “incredibly helpful” and “terrific to work with.” The sources Chambers spoke with mention that “[h]e’s knowledgeable and good at what he does.”

    Norris McLaughlin was also recognized in the Environment category for being regularly sought out to represent clients before state and federal courts and various agencies. Its Environmental Law Practice Group is designated as a well-respected group with extensive experience in handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area. Chambers states that sources they’ve spoken to say, “It’s a great team, which is client-centric and knowledgeable of the law.”

    About Chambers USA

    Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields. Chambers and Partners have been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990. In addition, they host major award ceremonies in London and New York to honor the achievements of the world’s leading lawyers. The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by Chambers’ team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. The guiding principle behind Chambers USA is to meet the needs and expectations of the client. For more information and methodology, please click here.

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  • Mar 26, 2020Tension Between Site Remediation and Expeditious Estate Administration

    When considering environmental liabilities in the context of an estate administration, property owners can take proactive steps to abate the risk, or at least make it more manageable for their heirs.

    Claims Against Estates 

    Environmental liabilities generally do not lend themselves to the typical resolution procedure applicable to non-environmental liabilities in estate administrations. Generally, a creditor of a decedent has nine months from the date of the decedent’s death to present a claim in writing to the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate (collectively “Personal Representative”; N.J.S.A. 3B:22-4). If a creditor fails to present a claim within the nine-month period, the Personal Representative is not personally liable to the creditor with respect to any assets that the Personal Representative may have delivered or paid in satisfaction of any lawful claims, devises, or distributive shares. Id. After the expiration of the nine-month period and distribution of estate assets, creditors can still pursue their claims against estate beneficiaries under their Refunding Bonds (N.J.S.A. 3B:22-16).

    However, Personal Representatives of estates whose decedent held potentially contaminated real property, in his or her individual name or in a general partnership, face unique and difficult challenges in attempting to satisfy obligations under environmental law within the statutory framework discussed above. There are two distinct reasons for this difficulty: (a) environmental liabilities of estates often have not been quantified, an often-lengthy process; and (b) long-tail obligations may attach when an environmental remediation leaves contamination on-site and engineering and institutional controls are utilized.

    The enactment of the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) in 2009 should have largely eliminated the first problem, since all properties with historical (pre-SRRA) contamination should already have been reported and investigated. Unlike the Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) (which mandated remediation of only a subset of properties—generally properties with operating manufacturing, and certain warehousing and service businesses—and only upon their sale or closure), the SRRA required reporting of all properties with known contamination and set forth a strict schedule for completion of investigation (five years from the 2012 effective date, i.e., 2017) and remediation (10 years, i.e., 2022). Thus, by now, all contaminated properties existing in 2009 should have been identified, the investigation completed, and the remediation well underway.

    The reality, however, is different. Without a pressing transaction and the attendant infusion of funds, many owners of historically contaminated properties, especially those with no current productive use, simply have not complied with the SRRA’s mandates. Unlike ISRA matters, without a purchaser pushing for compliance and without an infusion of new funds, many owners felt neither the pressure to report nor the ability to fund an investigation and remediation; thus, their property remains unaddressed.

    However, upon the death of the property owner, the Personal Representative of the property owner’s estate now has the compliance obligation and should not risk sanctions for non-compliance. Naturally, the Personal Representative will face challenges in selling real property that needs to be liquidated for the payment of debts, expenses, and taxes, and for ultimate distribution to the beneficiaries. Where property is specifically bequeathed, the beneficiary is faced with the decision of whether to disclaim the property (a decision that must be made, pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 2518, within nine months of death to avoid U.S. Gift Tax consequences), or perhaps assert claims against the remainder of the estate for additional funds to investigate and remediate the contaminated property.

    Timing Challenges

    Personal Representatives face the timing challenges posed by the fact that the Preliminary Assessment, Site Investigation and Remedial Investigation (“PA,” “SI” and “RI,”) process can take several years. With the SRRA’s creation of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), the delay of seeking NJDEP approval at each step of the remedial process has been reduced. Nevertheless, inherent delays are associated with the process of preparing the PA, SI and RI. In addition, the finality of the “end” of the remedial process, the issuance of a Remedial Action Outcome (RAO), is subject to a three-year period during which NJDEP can audit and overturn the RAO.

    The other timing issue is that the obligations of the Responsible Party (RP) may never end. If contaminated soils are left in place under an impermeable cap (typically pavement, building slab, engineered greenscape, etc.), subject to a deed notice (often the only rational and cost-effective remedy), it is accompanied by a Soils Remedial Action Permit (Soils RAP). The RP is perpetually the permittee, although the then-current owner is a co-permittee. The Soils RAP requires inspection and maintenance of the cap, annual inspection, biennial report, annual fee, and perpetual establishment and maintenance of “hard” Financial Assurance (FA) in the form of a letter of credit, line of credit, or fully-funded trust in the amount of the net present value of performing the permit conditions.

    Matters involving groundwater contamination may require groundwater treatment, but even then, the very stringent State Groundwater Quality Standards (GWQS) are often not achieved.   In those fairly typical situations, the only remaining remedy is Natural Monitored Attenuation.  That means natural dilution and degradation processes are modeled, and a projection of the size and duration of the contaminated plume is calculated. The RP is obligated to periodically (typically annually, sometimes for 20 years or more) sample the groundwater plume for the calculated duration to ascertain that the GWQS have been achieved. If they have not, then the RP may have to extend the period of monitoring, or in some circumstances, implement additional remedial measures. These obligations are incorporated into a Groundwater RAP. As with a Soils RAP, the original RP is perpetually a permittee, with the current property owner a co-permittee. Unlike a Soils RAP, no FA is required.

    Dealing with Environmental Liabilities in Estate Administration

    Statutory liability for environmental liabilities is generally fixed, but the amount and timing of the payment obligation are uncertain, particularly where the investigative and remedial process is ongoing. In that circumstance, the Personal Representative would be ill-advised to distribute estate assets, even upon receipt of refunding bonds from all beneficiaries, without establishing an adequate reserve for environmental liabilities (See, N.J.S.A. 3B:22-11). But in the context of environmental liabilities, what amount will be adequate?

    Naturally the most conservative approach would be for the Personal Representative to keep the estate open and retain all assets available to satisfy the estate’s remedial obligations until completion. However, as indicated above, resolution may not come for many years after the decedent’s death, leading the Personal Representatives to seek alternatives to expedite distribution of estate assets to beneficiaries to the extent possible without exposing themselves to personal liability.

    One approach could be for the Personal Representative to seek an LSRP’s guidance to calculate an adequate reserve for environmental obligations and incorporate that reserve into an application for approval of a formal judicial accounting and discharge, putting the DEP on notice as an interested party. While liability may still exist for the beneficiaries under their refunding bonds, a discharge orchestrated in this manner should serve to exonerate the Personal Representative from personal liability for making distributions in excess of the reserve (See, N.J.S.A. 3B:17-8).

    The Personal Representative may also want to seek advice and direction from the court in certain situations before expending estate assets on environmental investigation, remediation and clean-up costs. For example, residuary beneficiaries and specific devisees of contaminated real property are likely to differ on the extent to which estate funds should be expended on environmental remediation costs, particularly where the liquid assets of the estate are not significant in relation to the potential exposure. An action for advice and direction gives all parties the opportunity to be heard and can protect the Personal Representative from potential breach of fiduciary duty claims.

    In sum, when considering environmental liabilities in the context of an estate administration, the adage “the best defense is a good offense” is apt. A review of the case law and statutes regarding environmental liability reveals that transparency is key. Property owners who know their property may be susceptible to environmental liability claims should be upfront with their executors, trustees, beneficiaries, and heirs to make them aware of potential issues facing properties that these people will come to own and/or manage. Transparency will also empower fiduciaries and/or beneficiaries to preserve the defenses available to them under state and federal environmental liability laws. For example, under both the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) (federal law) and the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (NJ Spill Act) (state law), the “innocent purchaser” defense is available to subsequent titleholders of contaminated property who are able to prove that they made reasonable and appropriate inquiry into the condition of the property, the past owners of the property, and previous uses of the property; and to those who have not contributed to the contamination. Without knowledge of a potential contamination problem, or the threat thereof, subsequent titleholders are not likely to engage in a high level of due diligence prior to taking title to a property.

    In addition to preserving defenses available to a subsequent titleholder, being transparent in acknowledging and investigating the source of the problem may also highlight any right to contribution from previous owners or dischargers that the property owner may have. Such defenses may be preserved and carried forward by the Personal Representative or heirs upon the property owner’s death.

    Finally, although there is no way to totally remove the specter of environmental liability issues cast upon fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and heirs, a property owner facing these challenges can take proactive steps to abate the risk or make it more manageable for those they leave behind.

    Edward A. Hogan is co-chair of the Environmental Law Group at Norris McLaughlin in Bridgewater. James J. Costello Jr. is co-chair of the firm’s Trust, Estate, and Individual Tax Group. The authors are grateful for the assistance of their colleagues, Nicholas J. Dimakos and Shauna M. Deans, who are associates at the firm.

    Reprinted with permission from the March 25, 2020, issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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  • Feb 07, 2020Martha Donovan and Jeff Casaletto Speak at LSRPA New Jersey Site Remediation Conference

    Martha N. Donovan and Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “NJSRPLB Rules: What an LSRP Needs to Know” at the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA) New Jersey Site Remediation Conference at Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick on February 5.

    “I enjoyed the interaction with the LSRPs about issues that may arise during their careers outside the context of specific client matters,” said Donovan.

    Casaletto added, “It has been a pleasure speaking at the events and courses offered by the LSRPA over the past several years, and this year’s conference was yet another high-quality event put together by the LSRPA.”

    About the New Jersey Site Remediation Conference

    Donovan and Casaletto spoke on understanding the board regulations by breaking down the general provisions, audit procedures, rules of professional conduct, disciplinary proceedings, and adjudicatory proceedings. The presentation also offered an opportunity for attendees to ask related questions in an open discussion with the panelists.

    The two-day conference, February 4-5, also addressed topics such as ethics, exam preparation, waste classification and management, data collection and analysis, land use law and regulations, in-situ remediation, PFAs, the New Jersey Brownfields program, understanding risks and liabilities, borehole geophysical logging, variances, heavy metals, and project management. For more information and similar upcoming events, visit the NJLSRPA website at lsrpa.org.

    About Martha Donovan

    A resident of West Windsor, Donovan, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group, devotes her practice to environmental law and complex litigation with an emphasis on the defense of environmental property damage claims. She also has considerable experience working on related insurance coverage matters.

    Donovan 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. She regularly counsels clients on a variety of environmental issues, including ISRA compliance, lender liability, underground storage tank laws, and permits and approvals for hazardous waste storage, transportation and disposal. She has litigated matters relating to the generation, storage, discharge or release of hazardous substances, including representation under CERCLA/Superfund, and has defended actions filed by adjoining, predecessor, and successor property owners alleging physical injuries, damages, or lost property values.

    Donovan has authored articles and has made presentations to various 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.

    Donovan is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College. Donovan has been selected for inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers for many years and is ranked as Band 1 in Chambers.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law. He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to New Jersey site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery. He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters. Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey. While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton. During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Feb 03, 2020Martha Donovan and Jeff Casaletto to Present on Environmental Law for Attorneys and Licensed Site Remediation Professionals

    Martha N. Donovan and Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Environmental Law for Attorneys and LSRPs” sponsored by the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA) and the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s Office of Continuing Professional Education. This full-day course will be held 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, February 20, at the Rutgers Trayes Hall – Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick.

    “I really enjoy co-moderating this program, which evolves as environmental laws and regulations evolve,” said Donovan, who has been a faculty coordinator for this annual event the last ten years.

    “I am looking forward to presenting at this essential course covering many environmental issues and discussing them with the attendees,” added Casaletto, who will be co-presenting the LSRP/SRRA section of the course with Phil Brilliant, LSRP, of Brilliant Environmental Services and David Haymes of the NJDEP between 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

    About the Presentation

    Discussion topics for the course include CERCLA, the Spill Act, the Industrial Site Recovery Act, emerging contaminants, dispute resolution, and recent court decisions and hot topics such as NJDEP actions and licensing board decisions. The course has been approved for 6.5 New Jersey LSRP Regulatory CECs, as well as 7.8 New Jersey CLEs and 6.5 New York and Pennsylvania CLEs. Other continuing education credits are available for New Jersey health officers, engineers, and wastewater professionals. For more information and to register, please click here.

    About Martha Donovan

    A resident of West Windsor, Donovan, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group, devotes her practice to environmental law and complex litigation with an emphasis on the defense of environmental property damage claims. She also has considerable experience working on related insurance coverage matters.

    Donovan 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. She regularly counsels clients on a variety of environmental issues, including ISRA compliance, lender liability, underground storage tank laws, and permits and approvals for hazardous waste storage, transportation and disposal. She has litigated matters relating to the generation, storage, discharge or release of hazardous substances, including representation under CERCLA/Superfund, and has defended actions filed by adjoining, predecessor, and successor property owners alleging physical injuries, damages, or lost property values.

    Donovan has authored articles and has made presentations to various 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.

    Donovan is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College. Donovan has been selected for inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers for many years and is ranked as Band 1 in Chambers.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law. He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery. He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters. Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey. While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton. During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Nov 05, 2019Bill Beneduce to Speak on Environmental Issues for Business or Real Property Sales

    William J. Beneduce, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be co-presenting “The Basics of Surplus Property Disposition (Get Ready to Sell that Asset)” on the first panel discussion of the day at  9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, for the 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Buildings & Facilities Management Trade Show & Conference. Marc Hudock, LSRP, of GZA GeoEnvironmental and Andrew Warren of Atlantic Real Estate Services will also be panelists.

    About the Presentation

    The conference for developers, educational facilities, governmental facilities, and property management services, to be held 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the NJ Convention Center in Edison, will cover topics such as energy efficiency, facility maintenance, building comfort, sustainability, carbon emissions, and income stream without risk or capital investment.

    “Environmental law is an ever-changing topic, and it is important for those who are thinking about selling their business or real property to hear. There are many environmental issues that one can run into and, unless one has an experienced environmental attorney by one’s side through the process, the sale can get very messy,” said Beneduce, who will focus his presentation on such potential environmental issues. For more information and to register, visit the MABFM website.

    About Bill Beneduce

    A resident of Randolph, Beneduce focuses his practice on all facets of environmental law, including transactional, compliance, regulation, and litigation, and has handled complex environmental matters for clients in New Jersey, New York, and abroad. He is experienced in navigating his clients through state and federal environmental regulatory schemes, including water and air pollution, urban redevelopment, CERCLA, RCRA, OSHA, New Jersey’s Spill Act, Site Remediation Reform Act, ISRA, and many others. Beneduce also counsels clients on environmental due diligence, Brownfields redevelopment, and cost recovery actions in New Jersey and New York.

    Beneduce’s clients include real estate developers, manufacturers and industrial companies, and lenders. He advises them on environmental laws that address remediation obligations and liabilities, underground storage tanks, hazardous waste and materials, insurance coverage, and permitting. His objective is to facilitate his clients’ compliance with these laws, to resolve their land issues and achieve their intended goals. A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to aiding clients in site remediation, allowing clients to complete pending real estate transactions.

    Beneduce is a member of the Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court and the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Environmental Law Section. A highly-regarded author and speaker on current environmental law, he has been selected for inclusion in the Environmental Law section of New Jersey Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” three times, most recently in 2018.

    Beneduce earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 2003 and his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2000.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is continuously expanding in scope and complexity. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

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  • Nov 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms For 10th Consecutive Year

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in 12 practice areas in the “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This marks the 10th consecutive year the firm has earned Metropolitan First-Tier rankings in New Jersey. The firm’s full listing of First Tier rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation –- Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law

    “It’s an honor for the firm to be highly ranked in multiple, diverse practice areas. We are proud of our client relationships and it’s especially rewarding to earn this recognition based largely on their feedback,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Best Law Firms

    From the start, the mission of Best Law Firms has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. A full listing is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has been serving the New Jersey community and New York metropolitan area since 1953. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey. Throughout its growth, the firm remembers its culture and values. Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, its community, and its employees. The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business.

    Clients value a personal level of care, therefore the firm strives for deep, meaningful, people-first relationships with each one. With many of its attorneys selected as The Best Lawyers In America each year, in addition to its active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, Norris McLaughlin possesses large-firm talent in a small-firm setting that allows its attorneys to provide service and value to their clients on a personal level. It is the firm’s goal to accommodate the needs of every client through the use of experience, strategic planning, and common courtesy.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA.  For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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  • Oct 28, 2019Jeff Casaletto to Co-Present Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes Course

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes: Preparations 10 Years Since the Enactment of SRRA” with Philip I. Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP, Owner and Principal of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC.

    About the Presentation

    Presented by the Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC, the half-day course will be held 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 1, at Montclair State University.

    “I am looking forward to presenting this important course with Philip Brilliant. The course will cover the issues, administrative, and technical deficiencies, and addressing these with those responsible for remediation and NJDEP,” said Casaletto.

    The course, designed for LSRPs, environmental professionals, engineers, attorneys, financial institutions, and local regulators, will cover many topics including, soil and groundwater permits issued by NJDEP, the problems raised during the permitting process, and the obligations of all parties involved. Casaletto and Brilliant will work through the permitting process, using case studies and real-life scenarios, while discussing common errors and corrections. There will also be a discussion on remediation funding sources and financial assurance. 3.5 LSRP CECs have been requested. For more information and to register, please click here.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law. He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery. He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters. Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey. While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton. During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is constantly expanding in scope and complexity. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

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  • Oct 21, 2019Jeff Casaletto to Co-Present Course for the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Due Diligence in New Jersey” with Chemmie Sokolic of Matrix New World and Benjamin Alter of GZA GeoEnvironmental. Co-sponsored by the firm and the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA), the full-day course will be held 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, at 101 Carnegie Center in Princeton.

    About the Presentation

    “I am pleased to once again have the opportunity to present this course alongside my co-presenters, Chemmie Sokolic and Ben Alter. This course will give attendees greater depth of knowledge on when and how environmental due diligence should be performed when acquiring real property,” said Casaletto.

    Environmental risks and liabilities are common in real estate transactions, and participants will learn how environmental due diligence can identify and mitigate them. The course covers the details of performing a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Preliminary Assessment. Using numerous case studies for illustration, the course will offer due diligence insights, due diligence-related legal nuances commonly encountered during real estate transactions, and a look at the role and legal liability of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals. This course is eligible for 3.5 Regulatory and 3.5 Technical Credits for LSRPs, as well as 8.2 NJ CLE Credits for attorneys. For more information and to register, click here or visit the LSRPA website.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law. He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery. He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters. Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey. While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton. During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is constantly expanding in scope and complexity. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

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