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“From Green Acres to Brownfields” – Environmental Law, Land Use, Toxic Torts

Our practice areas are:
Environmental Law
Land Use
Toxic Torts
Government Agency Challenges
General Litigation

That is all that we do. No estate planning, no divorces, no probate.

At Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich we do not try to be all things to all people. Rather, we concentrate our efforts so that we can really master our fields. Whether it is a cap-less landfill, a contaminating neighbor, a defective product, a smelly incinerator, an illegal Planning Board approval, drinking water that cannot be consumed, or a company that ignored its contract, we are the “right law firm.”

Our clients are as diverse as the cases they bring to us. They include developers, individuals, citizens groups, industries, factories and municipalities.

“Dirt Trenches to Courtroom Trenches”

Our practice often takes us from dirt trenches to courtroom trenches. To understand a wetlands cases, you need to see the wetland and evaluate the issues by seeing them, smelling them and touching them. To do what we do, you must be “hands on,” which means you need to leave your office sometimes.

Often, Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich lawyers meet with the DEP in Trenton and with the EPA and other regulatory agencies. In many cases, disputes can be resolved through discussion — but that happens only after your lawyer understands all of the facts and legal issues.

A lawyer must be well versed in environmental law in order to properly become involved in it. Our lawyers and paralegals do this work every day of the work week. And we practice New Jersey litigation every day of the week.

New Jersey Environmental Compliance

6/19/2006 Hear Wall Street Journal Radio’s Gordon Deal interview Stuart Lieberman on the recent Supreme Court decision RAPANOS v. United States. This decision determines whether limits exist to the federal government’s authority to regulate Wetlands under the Clean Water Act, specifically in navigable waters.

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich concentrates in environmental land use issues, including the implementation of the Highlands Act, CAFRA, and the Pinelands Act. For an example of our firm’s work in a Holland Township case, click here.

For an example of a preservation case in Bernards Township, which was recently upheld by the State Superior Court, click here

Regulatory Takings/Inverse Condemnation

WETLANDS: Regulation, Permitting, Litigation.

View the table of contents of the book “Wetlands 2001 Update

Read the latest about regulatory takings

Contamination Discovered on or Under Your Property

Sink Holes on Your Property

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Recent Twitter Posts

  • DEP urged to set tough limit on 1,4-dioxane in drinking water. https://t.co/UESauZowsJ
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  • Beach access issue returns in Cape May County beach community, near the location of a similar issue that was litiga… https://t.co/tWOMcfTqwM
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  • Another effort to make the Delaware Water Gap a national park is underway. https://t.co/C00NZ43nZU
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  • New Jersey seeks designation of Lower Hackensack River as a federal Superfund site. https://t.co/czOI3hDNb2
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Recent Blog Posts

Environmental Hearing Requests by Third Parties: An Update

In 2010 this author contributed an article discussing the difficulty that anyone other than an applicant had in administratively contesting a permit. Stuart J. Lieberman and Shari M. Blecher, “It’s
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Environmental Hearing Requests by Third Parties: An Update

Hoboken cannot block residential development with new zoning ordinances, Supreme Court holds

In Shipyard Assocs., LP v. City of Hoboken, 242 N.J. 23 (2020), the Supreme Court held that the City of Hoboken could not block a waterfront residential development by enacting
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Hoboken cannot block residential development with new zoning ordinances, Supreme Court holds

Long standing land use attorney Michele Donato joins Princeton’s Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich as “of counsel”

The law firm of Lieberman, Blecher & Sinkevich is  proud to announce that Michele R. Donato, Esq. has become Of Counsel with their firm. Ms. Donato has specialized in land use,
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Long standing land use attorney Michele Donato joins Princeton’s Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich as “of counsel”

RLUIPA case in SDNY challenges alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jewish community

In December 2020, the Southern District of New York filed a lawsuit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the Village of Airmont. The suit alleges
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RLUIPA case in SDNY challenges alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jewish community

In the media

  • Gulf Coast Town Center facing foreclosure

    Naples Daily News, September 16, 2015

    Wells Fargo filed a lawsuit Sept. 8 against an affiliate of CBL & Associates, the owners of the decadeold, 1.2 million-square-foot mall in south Fort Myers for a $190.9 million unpaid loan. The center has 94 stores on 204 acres, with such anchors as Super Target, Belk, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and Costco...

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  • Town liable for private company's leaking underground tanks, court rules

    NJ.com Jul 26, 2017

    CRANFORD -- A couple that owned a businesses in town and became sick from leaking underground tanks owned by an adjacent business can sue the township for damages because the tanks were partially ...

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  • Dark Waters: How a Class Action Catapulted NJ to Forefront of 'Forever Chemicals' Battle

    NJ Law Journal Jan 09, 2020

    As property owners become increasingly aware of PFAS contamination, and as individuals exposed to PFAS learn of the health risks associated with exposure, liability will likely affect entire supply chains.

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