Lawrence F. Jacobs is a shareholder at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and chair of the Environmental Department. He advises 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 on its Technical Advisory Panel, served as Chair from 2007 to 2010, and prior to that he served as both Vice Chair and Programs Chair. 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. 

Mr. Jacobs is currently serving as the Mayor of Bedminster Township. In November 2018, he was re-elected to the Bedminster Township Committee, where he has served since 2012, and in January 2019, the Township Committee selected Mr. Jacobs to serve as Mayor. Mr. Jacobs continues to serve on the Bedminster Township Land Use Board, where he has served since 2011. He has served on the Bedminster Township Environmental Commission, the Bedminster Hills Housing Corporation (Bedminster's affordable housing agency), the Bedminster Agricultural Advisory Committee, the Clarence Dillon Library Board, and the Recreation Committee. In 2018, Mr. Jacobs created and managed the Bedminster Farmers Market and continues to serve on the Farmers Market Committee.

Mr. Jacobs has been distinguished with a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating. Mr. Jacobs has been ranked in Chambers USA since 2015, as well as in New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2005, 2006, and since 2010. He has also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2012 for Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental, including as "Lawyer of the Year" for Environmental Law in 2019.


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