Edward Hogan and Martha Donovan Recognized by Who’s Who Legal

Posted on June 28th, 2019

Edward A. Hogan and Martha N. Donovan, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chairs of its Environmental Law Practice Group, have been recognized in “WWL: Environment 2019” by Who’s Who Legal.

Who’s Who Legal has acknowledged exceptional legal practitioners in 31 areas of business law since 1996 and highlights over 10,000 lawyers in over 100 countries.  Their standards and rigorous evaluation process result in one of the top lists in the nation. To learn more about the evaluation process, please visit

A resident of Liberty Corner, Hogan represents and counsels developers, redevelopers, manufacturers, commercial entities, and highly-regulated service businesses in all aspects of environmental law and litigation.

For more than 35 years, Hogan has been at the forefront of site remediation issues in New Jersey.  He develops integrated strategies for responding to governmental mandates; pursuing cost recovery actions; and facilitating purchase, sale, and redevelopment of contaminated properties.  A frequent author and lecturer for legal, business, and trade groups, he also teaches at continuing professional education programs.

Hogan is listed in four categories in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Energy Law, Litigation-Environmental, and Natural Resources Law.  He has been included in the Environmental Law section since 1993 and on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Environmental Section every year since its inception in 2005.  Hogan is ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section by Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world.  He was “recognized for his focus on site remediation and cost recovery actions and is lauded by commentators for his ‘fantastic knowledge, practicality, and pragmatism.’”

Hogan has served in numerous leadership roles with the New Jersey State Bar Association, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Environmental Business Association of New Jersey, New Jersey OSHA & Industry Communication Alliance, and Technical Regulations Advisory Coalition.

Hogan earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, his M.F.S. from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and his B.S. from Saint Peter’s University.

A resident of West Windsor, Donovan 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 complex insurance coverage matters.

Donovan routinely represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings before state and federal courts and agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Protection Agency, and the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. Donovan, who began her career as a regulatory and transactional lawyer is now primarily a litigator with a technical background. 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. In addition, barring successful resolution of associated insurance coverage matters, she has prosecuted insurance declaratory judgment lawsuits related to the recovery of insurance policy proceeds to pay for investigative and remedial costs incurred in connection with environmental investigation and remediation.

Donovan has authored articles and has made presentations to various trade groups and associations on issues ranging from CERCLA, the Spill Compensation and Control Act, and the availability of insurance coverage for various aspects of business-related accidents. For many years she has been ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section of Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world, and has been praised as “an exemplary litigator who, according to interviewees, ‘achieves positive and timely results for clients.’” Donovan has also been selected, again for many years now, for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers and was named the Best Lawyers in America Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area for 2016 and 2018.

Donovan is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations, the Society of Women Environmental Professionals, and the Environmental Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. 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, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude.

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