• Richard J. Conway, Jr. formerly chaired the Environmental Law Practice Group. In his practice areas of environmental, real estate and business law, his focus includes buyers and sellers of assets and shares; banks and borrowers in loans and other matters; landlords and tenants; applicants in municipal land use applications; experts and consultants (drafting of permit applications, sampling and cleanup plans); local, state and federal agencies (within and outside of New Jersey); and consultants and licensed site remediation professionals ("LSRPs") (including against a board complaint). Before becoming a lawyer, Rich was a branch manager and lending officer of a major New Jersey bank. 

    Over the past 35 years, Rich has authored and developed diverse articles and presentations. He has spoken to a wide range of audiences at many different seminars, meetings and courses. Topics have included the New Jersey Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act (now the Industrial Site Recovery Act ["ISRA"]), the Site Remediation Reform Act ("SRRA"), environmental enforcement by NJDEP USEPA and others, other environmental laws and their impact on business planning, environmental restrictions and classification exception areas, reporting and disclosure obligations, brownfields and underground storage tank issues.

    Early in his career, he was a law clerk for Judge W. Dreier, New Jersey Superior Court (PJAD, retired) and Justice Coleman, New Jersey Supreme Court, (retired) then Law & Chancery Divisions, Union & Mercer Counties, New Jersey (1979-1980).

    • Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine's 2018, 2019 and 2020 "Top Lawyers" in Land Use and Environment
    • AV® rated, the highest rating conferred by Martindale-Hubbell® for legal ability and professional ethics, based upon a peer review of the Bar and the Judiciary
    • Recognized by The Ten Leaders Cooperative 2003-2016 as one of New Jersey’s Ten Leaders of Environmental Law
    • Repeatedly selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Environmental Law
    • Recognized as 2013 Top Rated Lawyer - Energy/Environmental  (American Lawyer Media/Martindale Hubbell)
    • Recognized in Chambers USA client guide as a notable individual practitioner in New Jersey environmental law (2011 -2020)
    • Member of the Year Award, New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)
    • Member, Board of Directors, Business Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, Director (1991 - 2016; Emeritus 2016-present)
    • Chairman, ISRA & Environmental Issues Committee (1991-2011)
    • Member, NJDEP Site Remediation Group and Predecessors (1985 - Present)
    Richard J. Conway, Jr.
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  • Publications

    • "Environmental Law for LSRP's & SRRA," (2014 - 2016)
    • “Remember ISRA,” New Jersey Lawyer Newsletter (June 2008)
    • “Remember ISRA,” Business Section Newsletter (December 2007)
    • “ISRA—Current Developments,” Business Section Newsletter (Fall 20040
    Presentations (Speaker/Panelist)
    • Speaker and Panel Chair, Rutgers Continuing Professional Education, Environmental Law for LSRPs (2014-2016)
    • Panelist, Montclair State University, Continuing Education for Environmental Professionals, Remediating Sites in New Jersey under SRRA: Roles, Responsibilities and Benefits (2015)
    • Speaker, O’Brien & Gere Seminar, Vapor Intrusion in NJ, Panel on Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) Legal Issues, Monroe, New Jersey (September 2011)
    • Speaker, Cook College, Environmental Overview Course, Air Panel, New Brunswick, NJ (February 2011 and also 2003-2010)
    • Speaker, ISRA Compliance and Site Remediation under the New Licensed Site Remediation Professional Regime, First American Inn of Transactional Counsel, Roseland, New Jersey (January 2011)
    • Speaker, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), 2011 Review of NJ Environmental Law, Site Remediation Reform Act and Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, New Brunswick,  New Jersey (January 2011)
    • Panelist, Langan Licensed Site Remediation Professional Summit, Trenton, New Jersey (November 2010)
    • Panelist, NJICLE, Site Remediation Reform and the new LSRP System, New Brunswick, NJ (March 2010)
    • Speaker, NJICLE, “The New Site Remediation Reform Act and How it Will Impact Your Business Clients,” New Brunswick, New Jersey (December 2009)
    • Panelist & Moderator, New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), Corporate Symposium, Gas Station Panel, Woodbridge, New Jersey (April 2009)
    • Speaker, Hudson Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel, Environmental Issues, Hackensack, New Jersey (March 2008)
    • Speaker & Moderator, NJSBA, Corporate Symposium, Environmental Panel—Natural Resource Damages, Woodbridge, New Jersey (October 2003)
    • Speaker & Moderator, NJSBA, Corporate Symposium, Environmental Panel—Trust Estate, Heir and Fiduciary Liability, Woodbridge, New Jersey (October 2000)
    • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association—Business, Real Property, & Environmental Sections
    • Member, Board of Directors—NJSBA Business Section (1991-Present)
    • Chairman, ISRA/Environmental Committee (1991-2011)
    • Member, American Bar Association—Business & Environmental Sections
    • Member, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Site Remediation Advisory Group Member (1992-Present)
    • Board of Directors, New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper (2005-2008)
    • Member, NJDEP Natural Resource Damage Task Force (1997-1999)
    • Member, Industrial Advisory Committee, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) ECRA/ISRA (1985-1993)
    • Testified in 1992 and 1993 before the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly on amendments to ECRA/ISRA and The Spill Act
    • Testified in 1993 as a litigation expert on real estate and environmental issues
    • Served as expert witness for both Plaintiffs and Defendants in malpractice actions.
    • Retained as a plaintiff's expert and twice as defendant's experts, in legal malpractice claims
    • Completed several settlements of state Natural Resource Damages claims, as well as a federal settlement of federal Natural Resource Damages claims
    • Served successfully as defense counsel for an LSRP faced with a complex NJDEP complaint to the LSRP Board, which complaint was dismissed in 2016
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