Environmental requirements complicate nearly all aspects of conducting business in New Jersey.  We recognize that being familiar with those requirements is not enough.  Our clients rely on the Wilentz Environmental Law team to put environmental laws and regulations into context of their business goals and to develop strategies to achieve those goals efficiently.  Our clients run the gamut from large multi-national corporations to local real estate developers.  Each client, large or small, knows that our attorneys will prioritize their business goals, and, keep those goals in mind throughout the course of our representation. 

We know New Jersey - we have worked across the state, we have served in local government and volunteer groups, some of us have worked within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or the Attorney General’s office, and we are all well-versed in the complications of multi-jurisdictional regulatory requirements that often confront our clients in their New Jersey business ventures.  We are skilled at handling large, complex projects and transactions that involve many legal, political and financial obstacles.  Our experience provides for efficient due diligence on real estate and corporate transactions – focusing on the issues that are germane to our clients’ concerns. 

We appear before the NJDEP and USEPA on permitting and regulatory compliance matters.  We work with our clients on a wide variety of matters:  acquisition, remediation, entitlement, and sale of Brownfield redevelopment projects; energy and infrastructure projects; air compliance; site remediation and ISRA compliance; land use permitting, including coastal, flood hazard and wetlands permitting; hazardous and solid waste permitting; cost recovery and environmental litigation; Tidelands conveyances; and regulatory proceedings at all levels of government.

Representative Clients

We represent small and large businesses, real estate developers, energy companies, property owners and public entities in all aspects of environmental law.  We represent, or have recently represented: Hess Corporation, Atlantic Realty, Black Creek - Industrial Property Trust, Middlesex County Improvement Authority, Fields Development Group, Conti Enterprises, Inc., Prologis, J.P. Morgan, Claremont Companies, Wells Fargo, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Gerdau Ameristeel, and J.G. Petrucci Company, Inc. in environmental law matters.

Our Team

The Environmental Law team lawyers regularly lecture for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).  They are contributing authors to the published two-volume treatise Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey (ICLE 2003).  They are regular contributors to the New Jersey Law Journal and other publications on matters of environmental law.  Our team leader is the former Chair of the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  Our attorneys are highly active in NAIOP and CIANJ.   Our practice has been ranked by Chambers USA, reporting in 2018 that our “… experience across an array of environmental matters including remediation, brownfield redevelopments and Superfund issues”, and, “skill across transactional matters and regulatory compliance issue, include expertise in cost recovery disputes.”

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Jeffrey W. Cappola
Shareholder
732.726.7464

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Lawrence F. Jacobs
Shareholder
732.855.6167

Donna M. Jennings
Shareholder
732.855.6039

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Barbara J. Koonz
Shareholder
732.855.6050

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Yin Zhou
Associate
732.855.6195