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Environmental Law and Real Property

Environmental law is a practice area requiring the expertise and experience of a firm like Laddey, Clark & Ryan.

Our attorneys have substantial experience addressing a broad range of environmental issues arising under both state and federal law. Our lawyers possess extensive experience addressing the full array of legal and technical issues associated with all manner of environmental claims, including:

  • Contaminated properties and complex environmental cleanups under CERCLA and New Jersey’s Spill Act, Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA)
  • Wetlands permitting and violations,
  • Clean Air Act violations,
  • RCRA compliance and violations, and
  • Clean Water Act and NJPDES permitting and violations.

Our experience has allowed us to develop innovative and effective strategies to assist our clients and guide them through the myriad of local, state and federal requirements when complying with these complex and ever changing environmental laws and regulations.

Does “Scienter Requirement” Provide New Defense to CERCLA Arranger Liability: Life After Burlington Northern

Does “Scienter Requirement” Provide New Defense to CERCLA Arranger Liability: Life After Burlington Northern

Since 2009, that has been the million dollar (or in many cases multi-million dollar) question for many members of the environmental law community. In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Ry Co. v. United States, 556 U.S. 599, 611 (2009) construed arranger liability to include a requirement that a potentially responsible party intend to dispose of hazardous waste in order to be held liable under CERCLA. Prior to Burlington Northern, it was possible for arranger liability to attach to parties who did not have active involvement in the timing, manner or location of disposal, so long as…read more →

Todd-Hooker-2012-258Todd M. Hooker, Esq., Environmental Litigation Attorney

Todd M. Hooker is a Partner at the law firm Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP.  His practice focuses on environment litigation, working with businesses to navigate complex commercial, environmental, and regulatory challenges.  Mr. Hooker has served as a Vice Chair of the Environmental Litigation and Toxic Tort Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Energy, Environment, and Resources, and has served as a visiting lecturer at the Rutgers University School of Law, teaching a seminar on Toxic Torts.  He has also been a speaker and panelist on matters relating to toxic tort, environmental and occupational safety and health law. Mr. Hooker has had legal articles published in the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Business Magazine, Commerce Magazine, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, and in The Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategist, in addition to articles published by the American Bar Association.

Todd brings a practical and results oriented approach to his practice that includes helping clients avoid problems before they arise so that they can focus on their primary business objectives.

Contact Todd M. Hooker, Esq.