Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla's Environmental and Land Use Litigation practice area is experienced in a broad variety of land use, development and environmental litigation. Our attorneys protect the rights of developers and businesses in litigation with municipal, State and federal agencies, such as planning and zoning boards, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We have extensive experience representing clients in litigation involving controversial projects and aggressively defend developers from objector lawsuits. Our experience includes governmental enforcement actions relating to commercial and industrial sites, landfills, power plants and construction sites. We regularly handle lawsuits between parties contesting liability for the costs of pollution cleanup.
Our attorneys are actively involved in important industry associations including: the New Jersey Builders Association; the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey; the New Jersey State Bar Association, Land Use and Environmental Sections; the American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law; the National Association of Home Builders Legal Action Committee and Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS); and the National Brownfield Association. Our attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers.
We assist our clients in obtaining development approvals from state and federal agencies and in defending against enforcement actions in the following areas:
- Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL)
- Spill Act, CERCLA, RCRA
- Cleanup/Discharge Liability
- Affordable Housing/Mt. Laurel/COAH
- CAFRA, Wetlands, Stream Encroachment, Sewer and Water Service
- Highlands, Pinelands
- Environmental Rights Act
New Public Access Law: A Codification of the Public Trust Doctrine?
NJDEP Establishes New Groundwater Standards
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Attorneys Selected as 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Seaside Park Is Handed a Legal Victory Over Riparian Swath
Appellate Panel Countenances Beach Easement Condemnations for Federal Funding
Five Attorneys from Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Named 2019 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in Woodbridge Area
22 Attorneys from Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List
Marc Policastro Authors Article "Natural Resource Damages: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?" in New Jersey Law Journal
Natural Resource Damages: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?
Michael Gross Chosen to Receive NJBA's Committee Chair's Award
March 9, 2018
Court Establishes Affordable Housing Obligations for West Windsor and Princeton
November 1, 2017
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. Ranked in U.S. News & World Report - "Best Lawyers", 2018 Best Law Firms Rankings
May 30, 2017
Ten Giordano Attorneys Ranked in 2017 Chambers USA
March 15, 2017
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Attorneys Selected as 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
November 2, 2016
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. Ranked In U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers, 2017 "Best Law Firms" Rankings
Eleven Giordano Attorneys Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA