Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP

David A. Roth

David A.  Roth

Partner, Environmental Department
Member, Alternative Energy & Sustainable Development Practice Group
Member, Distressed Real Estate Practice Group
Member, Environmental Practice Group

Practice Focus

Mr. Roth has a concentration in real estate, environmental, and health and safety law with special emphasis on compliance counseling and environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions.  He assists clients in resolving issues arising under solid and hazardous waste laws, the federal Clean Water Act, the New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act, right-to-know programs, the Occupational Safety and Health Act and emerging product safety laws. A substantial part of his practice involves negotiating with and appearing before federal, state and local agencies in connection with enforcement actions, site investigation and clean up cases, permitting, voluntary agreements, and administrative consent orders, and handling administrative and judicial appeals. He also works closely with client EHS and legal departments on auditing, developing environmental management systems, and training with respect to compliance, reporting and disclosure requirements.

Representative Matters

  • In recent years Mr. Roth has effectively functioned as national environmental counsel for a group of consumer product and manufacturing companies.
  • He represents clients engaged in Brownfield redevelopment projects, purchase and sale of real estate, businesses and companies, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, financings and leasing of commercial and industrial facilities and properties. His role in these transactions includes overseeing due diligence, analyzing potential liabilities, providing advice on liability protection strategies, and structuring agreements to deal with post-closing site work, engineering and institutional controls, deed notices and land use restrictions.
  • At dozens of federal and state listed hazardous waste disposal and contamination sites throughout the United States, Mr. Roth has represented companies that have been notified of potential liability under CERCLA, the New Jersey Spill Act and other state superfund laws.
  • He has been involved in environmental litigation in federal and state courts, such as private cost recovery and contribution lawsuits, property damage cases, toxic tort litigation and natural resource damage cases.

Professional Activities / Honors

  • Former Director of the Environmental Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
  • Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Environmental Disclosure Committee (2013-2015).
  • Former Vice Chair, Committee Newsletters of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Environmental Disclosure Committee (2011-2013).
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Environment practice area (2013, 2014).
  • Member of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
  • Member of the Regulatory Affairs Committee of NAIOP - New Jersey Chapter.
  • Member of the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey.
  • Member of the Newark Regional Business Partnership.
  • Member of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast.
  • Member of the Alumni Board of the University of Maryland School of Law.

Publications/ Articles/ Presentations

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1986
  • Maryland, 1985
Metro Corporate Campus One
P.O. Box 5600
Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095-0988
Direct Dial: 732-476-2760
Direct Fax: 732-476-2761
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Practice Groups

Alternative Energy & Sustainable Development
Distressed Real Estate


University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1985
Rutgers University, B.S., 1982

Bar Admissions


Roth, David A

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