Lawrence F. Jacobs is a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and chair of the Environmental Department. He concentrates his practice on advising clients in all phases of regulatory compliance with environmental laws, brownfields redevelopment and land use permitting.
Mr. Jacobs has extensive experience negotiating with federal, state and local authorities on permit applications and enforcement proceedings. He has secured multi-million dollar recoveries for environmental remediation, served as lead counsel on the redevelopment of one of New Jersey's most notorious Superfund sites, and has supervised the permitting and land acquisition for both conventional and renewable energy facilities.
Mr. Jacobs is the co-author of a chapter in the two-volume treatise “Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey” and the author of several articles regarding brownfields development, liability protection and renewable energy. Mr. Jacobs is also a frequent lecturer on environmental and redevelopment issues for planning organizations and for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).
Mr. Jacobs has served in many leadership positions for the New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an international education and research institute representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines in private enterprise and public service. He presently serves as the Chair of the ULI Post-Sandy Task Force for New Jersey and as the Governance Chair for the New Jersey District Council. He served as the Chair for the New Jersey District Council from 2007 to 2010, and prior to that served as both Vice Chair and Programs Chair for the District Council. Under Mr. Jacobs' leadership, ULI-NJ tackled the difficult land use and economic policies confronting the real estate and development community, and convened the important decision-makers to foster responsible land use policies and to promote best practices in land development.
In November 2012, Mr. Jacobs was elected to the Bedminster Township Committee and was re-elected in November 2015 and is now proudly serving his second three-year term as Committeeman. Mr. Jacobs has served on the Bedminster Township Land Use Board since 2011, and previously served on the Bedminster Township Environmental Commission from 2009 to 2011.
Mr. Jacobs has been distinguished with a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating. Mr. Jacobs has been selected for inclusion in the Chambers USA directory from 2015-2018, as well as in New Jersey Super Lawyers list for 2005, 2006, and 2010-2018. He has also been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Best Lawyers list from 2012-2019.