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  • Nov 23, 2021Going Solar: The Legal, Economic, and Operational Perspective

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is pleased to co-host the free webinar, “Going Solar: The Legal, Economic, and Operational Perspective,” with SolarKal. Moderated by Laura M. Miller, Senior Counsel in Norris McLaughlin’s Solar Energy Service Area, Jim Laskey, Member of Norris McLaughlin and Chair of its Solar Energy Service Area will be joined by Yaniv Kalish, CEO of SolarKal to speak on the basics of “going solar.”

    Going Solar: The Legal, Economic, and Operational Perspective

    This webinar will cover:

    • Knowing your financing options
    • Understanding all the available financial incentives, including the new NJ SREC program
    • Choosing the right solar equipment
    • Choosing the right installer
    • Potential obstacles – town administration (permitting), weather
    • Typical legal issues – warranty, production guaranty, liquidated damages, remedies for breach and removal at expiration or termination
    • Typical solar project ROI
    • The environmental impact of going solar
    • Case studies

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the webinar to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021, via email to marketing@norris-law.com, including “Going Solar: Webinar Questions” in the subject line.

    When: Thursday, December 9, 2021

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Register here!

    About the Solar Energy Service Area at Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s cross-disciplinary solar energy group is actively involved in all aspects of solar energy and includes attorneys from our environmental, utility, real estate and land use, construction, business, taxation, insurance, litigation, and intellectual property practice areas. Our solar energy attorneys focus on issues pertaining to solar technology, manufacturing, financing, installation, and operations.

    About SolarKal

    SolarKal is a solar procurement technology firm that supports organizations in their transition to solar energy. Since its inception in 2015, SolarKal has advised solar buyers on over $200 million in solar deals. SolarKal’s marketplace provides organizations access to over 150 pre-vetted solar providers, who compete for their business through SolarKal’s procurement platform. SolarKal’s finance, technical and policy teams provide clients an end-to-end solution throughout the solar conversion.

    About James H. Laskey

    James H. Laskey is chair of the firm’s cross-disciplinary Solar Energy Industry Group. He has gained extensive experience negotiating agreements for solar energy installations, power purchase agreements, and agreements for the creation and sale of the various renewable energy certificates and other incentives that have been made available for solar projects in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, including SRECs, TRECs, and other RECs. Jim was ranked in New Jersey’s inaugural “Energy & Natural Resources” section of the Chambers USA 2021 Guide, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world.

    About Laura M. Miller

    Laura M. Miller is a business attorney focusing her practice on administrative and government regulatory law in the public utility, telecommunications, cable television, and communications infrastructure industries. Laura handles New Jersey Board of Public Utilities regulatory approval and compliance matters, municipal franchise renewals, public right-of-way access negotiations and agreements, compliance investigations, enforcement actions, and administrative law proceedings. She represents clients in commenting on agency rulemaking and understands and keeps apprised of regulatory and political changes that affect client business operations and initiatives.

    About Yaniv Kalish

    Yaniv Kalish is a solar energy veteran, with over 15 years and developing over $200M of solar projects. The founder & CEO of SolarKal – the largest B2B solar marketplace in the US, Yaniv authored the commercial solar guide for SEIA (Solar Energy Industry Association) and spoke in events about how to increase the adaptation of solar energy for businesses and corporations. Yaniv is a Boston Consulting Group Alum and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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  • Jun 28, 2019Edward Hogan and Martha Donovan Recognized by Who’s Who Legal

    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 www.whoswholegal.com.

    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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  • May 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Highlighted in Chambers USA 2019

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world, has named the firm and highlighted two of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2019. This recognition highlights the firm’s investment in and development of practice areas, as well as its commitment to preeminence in the legal industry.

    Edward A. Hogan and Martha N. Donovan, Members of the firm and Co-Chairs of its Environmental Law Group, were ranked Band 1, the highest-ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section.

    Hogan has been recognized for over a decade for his experience in site remediation matters and ISRA compliance and received numerous commendations for his counsel on air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste contamination matters.  Clients called him “a lawyer of choice” who “knows the law inside out” and they “trust his instincts and advice completely.”  Donovan, who was also named the Best Lawyers Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area for 2018, was praised as “an exemplary litigator who, according to interviewees, ‘achieves positive and timely results for clients.’”  She is highlighted for her expertise in insurance coverage and state and federal environmental regulations.

    The firm was also recognized in the Environment category for being regularly sought out to represent clients before state and federal courts and various agencies.  The Environmental Law Group is designated as a well-respected group with extensive experience in handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims.

    Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields.  Chambers and Partners have been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990.  In addition, they host major award ceremonies in London and New York to honor the achievements of the world’s leading lawyers.  The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by Chambers’ team of highly qualified and experienced researchers.  The guiding principle behind Chambers USA is to meet the needs and expectations of the client.

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  • Apr 16, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorney to Speak on Environmental Law

    Martha N. Donovan, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Environmental Practice Group, will be co-moderator for “Environmental Law for Attorneys and LSRPs,” hosted by Rutgers. This interactive program will provide the latest information on the current environmental landscape and opportunities as they relate to site remediation.

    The seminar will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,  May 1, at the Trayes Hall – Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick. For more information and to register, please click here. Contact Pamela Springard-Meyer, Program Coordinator, Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education, at (848) 932-7463 with any questions.

    About Martha N. Donovan

    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 insurance coverage matters.

    Donovan has represented clients in administrative and judicial proceedings before state and federal courts and agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency.  She regularly counsels clients on a variety of environmental issues, including ISRA compliance, lender liability, underground storage tank laws, and permits and approvals for hazardous waste storage, transportation and disposal.  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.

    Donovan has authored articles and has made presentations to various trade groups and associations on issues ranging from lender liability under Superfund to the availability of insurance coverage for various aspects of business-related accidents.

    Donovan is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals.  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. She has been selected for inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers for many years and is ranked as Band 1 in Chambers.

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  • Mar 13, 2019Due Diligence in New Jersey

    The New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association (LSRPA) and Norris McLaughlin, P.A., are pleased to present Due Diligence in New Jersey (Course 2018-044).

    Throughout this full-day class, you will learn about the environmental risks and liabilities that can potentially be associated with real estate transactions; how environmental due diligence can limit and offer protection against those risks and liabilities; and some of the many laws, regulations, standards, and guidance documents from where these due diligence activities are derived.

    You will understand who may need to conduct environmental due diligence, and when it should be performed. You will also learn about the two primary types of environmental assessments in New Jersey — the ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) and the Preliminary Assessment (PA) — the protections they offer, what they include, and what they don’t.

    Due diligence assessment insights will be shared throughout the course, and the role and legal liability of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals will be discussed. The class will also present certain due diligence-related legal nuances that are commonly encountered during real estate transactions. Numerous case studies will be used throughout the course for illustration purposes.

    Course instructors include Chemmie Sokolic of Whitman Co.; and Ben Alter, P.G., LSRP, of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

    This course is eligible for 3.5 Regulatory and 3.5 Technical Credits for LSRPs, as well as 8.3 NJ CLE Credits for attorneys.

    Registration Fees:
    Early Bird (until midnight March 15): $225 for LSRPA Members, $290 Non-Members
    Late Registration (from March 16): $290 LSRPA Members; $350 Non-Members

    When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    8:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m. Registration
    9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Course (with a 45-minute lunch break and two fifteen-minute breaks)
    5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m. Networking Reception (included)

    Where: Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807

    To Register: Please click here.

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  • Jan 15, 2019Environmental Law for Attorneys and LSRPs

    Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 1.

    Martha N. Donovan, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Environmental Practice Group, will be co-moderator for “Environmental Law for Attorneys and LSRPs” hosted by Rutgers. This interactive program will provide the latest information on the current environmental landscape and opportunities as they relate to site remediation.

    Discussion topics include:

    • Spill Act
    • Industrial Site Recovery Act
    • Emerging Contaminants
    • LSRP/SRRA
    • Hot Topics –
      • Recent Court Decisions & NJDEP Actions
      • Recent Licensing Board Decisions

    In addition to 0.65 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental law course has been approved for the following credits:

    • NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 6.5 Regulatory CECs
    • NJ Health Officers & REHSs: 6.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
    • NJ Continuing Legal Education: 7.8 CLEs
    • PA/NY Continuing Legal Education: 6.5 CLEs
    • NJ Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits
    • NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators: 6.75 TCH

    When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Check-in time: 8:00 a.m.)

    Where: Trayes Hall – Douglass Student Center, 100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Registration Fees: 

    • Early Registration Fee  – $280.00
    • Registration Fee – $295.00
    • Multi-Person Registration Fee – $260.00
    • Cancellation Fee – $60.00

    Register: To register, please click here.

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  • Aug 10, 2018Edward A. Hogan Elected as Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

    The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) recently announced the election of 24 new Fellows and two Honorary Fellows. Included in this group of attorneys from throughout the nation is Edward A. Hogan, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Environmental Law Group.

    ACOEL President, John C. Cruden, stated that the lawyers elected as Fellows to the College “include the top environmental lawyers in government service, public interest, academia, and private practice drawn from across the country. These individuals, chosen by their peers, have earned this recognition based on achievements over a minimum 15-year period, during which they have led the field in diverse areas of environmental law and policy.”

    ACOEL is an association of distinguished environmental lawyers whose members are admitted by invitation only. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law, the administration of justice, and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

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

    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.

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