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  • Jun 28, 2019Edward Hogan and Martha Donovan Recognized by Who’s Who Legal

    Edward A. Hogan and Martha N. Donovan, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chairs of its Environmental Law Practice Group, have been recognized in “WWL: Environment 2019” by Who’s Who Legal.

    Who’s Who Legal has acknowledged exceptional legal practitioners in 31 areas of business law since 1996 and highlights over 10,000 lawyers in over 100 countries.  Their standards and rigorous evaluation process result in one of the top lists in the nation. To learn more about the evaluation process, please visit www.whoswholegal.com.

    A resident of Liberty Corner, Hogan represents and counsels developers, redevelopers, manufacturers, commercial entities, and highly-regulated service businesses in all aspects of environmental law and litigation.

    For more than 35 years, Hogan has been at the forefront of site remediation issues in New Jersey.  He develops integrated strategies for responding to governmental mandates; pursuing cost recovery actions; and facilitating purchase, sale, and redevelopment of contaminated properties.  A frequent author and lecturer for legal, business, and trade groups, he also teaches at continuing professional education programs.

    Hogan is listed in four categories in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Energy Law, Litigation-Environmental, and Natural Resources Law.  He has been included in the Environmental Law section since 1993 and on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Environmental Section every year since its inception in 2005.  Hogan is ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section by Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world.  He was “recognized for his focus on site remediation and cost recovery actions and is lauded by commentators for his ‘fantastic knowledge, practicality, and pragmatism.’”

    Hogan has served in numerous leadership roles with the New Jersey State Bar Association, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Environmental Business Association of New Jersey, New Jersey OSHA & Industry Communication Alliance, and Technical Regulations Advisory Coalition.

    Hogan earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, his M.F.S. from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and his B.S. from Saint Peter’s University.

    A resident of West Windsor, Donovan 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 complex insurance coverage matters.

    Donovan routinely represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings before state and federal courts and agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Protection Agency, and the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. Donovan, who began her career as a regulatory and transactional lawyer is now primarily a litigator with a technical background. 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. In addition, barring successful resolution of associated insurance coverage matters, she has prosecuted insurance declaratory judgment lawsuits related to the recovery of insurance policy proceeds to pay for investigative and remedial costs incurred in connection with environmental investigation and remediation.

    Donovan has authored articles and has made presentations to various trade groups and associations on issues ranging from CERCLA, the Spill Compensation and Control Act, and the availability of insurance coverage for various aspects of business-related accidents. For many years she has been ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section of Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world, and has been praised as “an exemplary litigator who, according to interviewees, ‘achieves positive and timely results for clients.’” Donovan has also been selected, again for many years now, for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers and was named the Best Lawyers in America Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area for 2016 and 2018.

    Donovan is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations, the Society of Women Environmental Professionals, and the Environmental Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. 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, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude.

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  • Jun 05, 2019Jeffrey Casaletto Presents on Real Estate Due Diligence at Expo

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Real Estate Due Diligence-Risk and Liability” with Chemmie Sokolic of Whitman at the Construction & Management Citywide B2B Expo.  The presentation was at The Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus last month.

    The presentation covered due diligence activities for those interested in buying, selling, or developing real estate, with a focus on federal and state regulatory environmental concerns. The discussion shed light on important due diligence issues, including why due diligence is critical, when and how due diligence is accomplished, and the scope of due diligence.

    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.

    During his term as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton, he was appointed 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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  • May 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Highlighted in Chambers USA 2019

    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 two of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2019.  A third lawyer has been ranked as “Up and Coming” for helping drive the firm’s growth.  This recognition highlights 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 Group, were ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section.  Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of the firm, was ranked as “Up and Coming” in the Environment section.

    Hogan has been recognized for over a decade for his experience in site remediation matters and ISRA compliance, and received numerous commendations for his counsel on air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste contamination matters.  Clients called him “a lawyer of choice” who “knows the law inside out” and they “trust his instincts and advice completely.”  Donovan, who was also named the Best Lawyers Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the HognaWoodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area for 2018, was praised as “an exemplary litigator who, according to interviewees, ‘achieves positive and timely results for clients.’”  She is highlighted for her expertise in insurance coverage and state and federal environmental regulations.  Casaletto is noted for his “deep understanding of environmental law” as well as hazardous waste, site remediation, and solid waste.  He was described as “incredibly helpful” and “terrific to work with.”

    The firm was also recognized in the Environment category for being regularly sought out to represent clients before state and federal courts and various agencies.  The Environmental Law Group is designated as a well-respected group with extensive experience in handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims.

    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.

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  • Apr 16, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak on Environmental Law

    Martha N. Donovan, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Environmental Practice Group, will be co-moderator for “Environmental Law for Attorneys and LSRPs,” hosted by Rutgers. This interactive program will provide the latest information on the current environmental landscape and opportunities as they relate to site remediation. Jeffrey M. Casaletto, also a Member of the firm, will speak on the Site Remediation Reform Act and the Licensed Site Remediation Professional program.

    The seminar will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,  May 1, at the Trayes Hall – Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick. For more information and to register, please click here. Contact Pamela Springard-Meyer, Program Coordinator, Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education, at (848) 932-7463 with any questions.

    A resident of West Windsor, Donovan 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. She 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.

    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.

    Casaletto regularly speaks and presents at courses and events used for training Licensed Site Remediation Professionals and environmental consultants.

    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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  • Mar 20, 2019Jeffrey 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 Whitman and Ben Alter of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  Co-sponsored by the firm and the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA), the full-day course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Norris McLaughlin’s offices in Bridgewater.

    Environmental risks and liabilities are common occurrences in real estate transactions.  Participants will learn how environmental due diligence can identify and mitigate those risks and liabilities.  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 8.3 NJ CLE Credits for attorneys.  For more information and to register, click here or visit the LSRPA website.

    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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  • Mar 13, 2019Due Diligence in New Jersey

    The New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association (LSRPA) and Norris McLaughlin, P.A., are pleased to present Due Diligence in New Jersey (Course 2018-044).

    Throughout this full-day class, you will learn about the environmental risks and liabilities that can potentially be associated with real estate transactions; how environmental due diligence can limit and offer protection against those risks and liabilities; and some of the many laws, regulations, standards, and guidance documents from where these due diligence activities are derived.

    You will understand who may need to conduct environmental due diligence, and when it should be performed. You will also learn about the two primary types of environmental assessments in New Jersey — the ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) and the Preliminary Assessment (PA) — the protections they offer, what they include, and what they don’t.

    Due diligence assessment insights will be shared throughout the course, and the role and legal liability of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals will be discussed. The class will also present certain due diligence-related legal nuances that are commonly encountered during real estate transactions. Numerous case studies will be used throughout the course for illustration purposes.

    Course instructors include Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Esq., of Norris McLaughlin, P.A.; Chemmie Sokolic of Whitman Co.; and Ben Alter, P.G., LSRP, of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

    This course is eligible for 3.5 Regulatory and 3.5 Technical Credits for LSRPs, as well as 8.3 NJ CLE Credits for attorneys.

    Registration Fees:
    Early Bird (until midnight March 15): $225 for LSRPA Members, $290 Non-Members
    Late Registration (from March 16): $290 LSRPA Members; $350 Non-Members

    When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    8:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m. Registration
    9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Course (with a 45-minute lunch break and two fifteen-minute breaks)
    5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m. Networking Reception (included)

    Where: Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807

    To Register: Please click here.

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  • Jan 15, 2019Environmental Law for Attorneys and LSRPs

    Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 1.

    Martha N. Donovan, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Environmental Practice Group, will be co-moderator for “Environmental Law for Attorneys and LSRPs” hosted by Rutgers. This interactive program will provide the latest information on the current environmental landscape and opportunities as they relate to site remediation. Jeffrey M. Casaletto, also a Member of the firm, will be speaking on the Site Remediation Reform Act and the Licensed Site Remediation Professional program.

    Discussion topics include:

    • Spill Act
    • Industrial Site Recovery Act
    • Emerging Contaminants
    • LSRP/SRRA
    • Hot Topics –
      • Recent Court Decisions & NJDEP Actions
      • Recent Licensing Board Decisions

    In addition to 0.65 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental law course has been approved for the following credits:

    • NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 6.5 Regulatory CECs
    • NJ Health Officers & REHSs: 6.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
    • NJ Continuing Legal Education: 7.8 CLEs
    • PA/NY Continuing Legal Education: 6.5 CLEs
    • NJ Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits
    • NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators: 6.75 TCH

    When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Check-in time: 8:00 a.m.)

    Where: Trayes Hall – Douglass Student Center, 100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Registration Fees: 

    • Early Registration Fee  – $280.00
    • Registration Fee – $295.00
    • Multi-Person Registration Fee – $260.00
    • Cancellation Fee – $60.00

    Register: To register, please click here.

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  • Sep 17, 2018Jeffrey Casaletto to Present at Course for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Due Diligence in New Jersey” with Chemmie Sokolic of Whitman and Ben Alter of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  Co-sponsored by the firm and the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA), the full-day course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 101 Carnegie Center in Princeton on Tuesday, October 23.

    Environmental risks and liabilities are common occurrences in real estate transactions.  Participants will learn how environmental due diligence can identify and mitigate those risks and liabilities.  The course discusses 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 8.3 CLE Credits for attorneys.  For more information and to register, click here or visit the LSRPA website.

    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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