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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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  • 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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