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Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Members

Posted on November 16th, 2016

The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to welcome two new Members, James R. Gregory to its Environmental, Real Estate & Land Use, and Litigation Groups and Steven J. Reed to its Business Law and Real Estate & Land Use Groups.  Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, P.A., they were members of Gregory & Reed, P.C., which they co-founded in 1995.

Gregory concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental law, land use, and complex commercial litigation.  He has more than 30 years’ experience on issues relating to real property, zoning and environmental statutes, including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund); Federal and New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Acts (SDWA); New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act; New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and its predecessor ECRA; and the New Jersey Air Pollution Control Act.  He routinely represents both public and private clients in litigation and transactional matters.

Additionally, Gregory has handled condemnation matters, on behalf of public bodies, negotiation and litigation of permit violations, administrative consent orders, and penalties and insurance coverage matters.  He published in the area of industrial pretreatment standards and lender environmental liability.  He was also appointed to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Task Force on industrial pretreatment of hazardous waste.

Outside of work, Gregory enjoys running, golf, organic gardening, and brewing.  He was a former member of the Long Valley Recreation Committee and has coached many years in his home town of Long Valley.  Gregory earned his B.A. from Grove City College in 1975 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 1978.

Reed concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions, commercial real estate, and commercial litigation.  He has a long track record of representing clients in commercial matters in New Jersey and New York.  He has counseled businesses through many different stages of development, and drafted documentation for a myriad of business transactions, commercial real estate matters, and financing transactions.  Reed has worked extensively with a large corporation developing contract templates used companywide for all purchases of services and materials.  He has also developed several construction contract templates for a large construction firm in New York.  He has represented parties in the federal courts of New Jersey and New York in separate matters involving futures trading losses, fuel supplies to commercial vessels, and software application development rights.

Reed serves as pro bono counsel representing victims of domestic violence for the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project.  He is a Master in the John C. Liftland American Inn Court and is affiliated with the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.

Outside of work, Reed enjoys running races and playing tennis and golf, and is a founder and former trustee of the Chatham Athletic Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization.  He also is a former adjunct professor at Seton Hall University for Legal Research and Writing.  He received the Distinguished Service Award from Chatham Chamber of Commerce in 2011 for service to community.  Reed earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from University of South Florida in 1985 and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1988.