When environmental litigation and regulatory issues threaten their businesses, clients turn to Rich both for his ability to resolve those issues and for his extensive experience in the environmental law trenches. His practice encompasses Superfund, toxic tort, and hazardous waste litigation; cleanup and cost-recovery actions; injunctive and penalty proceedings; and construction, insurance coverage, and related commercial litigation issues.
As lead counsel in many high-stakes environmental matters, Rich has a strong record of favorable outcomes for clients, who are quick to acknowledge his exceptional level of commitment and concern for their business outcomes. He also regularly provides counseling and transactional support on complex corporate and real estate transactions with environmental components. Rich has a national reputation, having successfully tried cases from New York and New Jersey to Illinois and Arkansas.
Rich was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the District V-C Ethics Committee, on which he served for seven years. He is an active member of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey and frequently speaks at its events.
Rich's work is consistently honored by regional and national ranking organizations. Chambers USA has described him as a "very knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive, and strategic" environmental lawyer with a "winning combination of skills" and "strong tactical streak." A noted thought leader, Rich has published on a wide range of environmental law topics.
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