As an undergraduate I studied environmental science, government policy and business.  I saw law school as a way of weaving all three disciplines into a challenging, meaningful and productive career. Each day I develop legal strategies to further clients’ business interests in an environmentally principled way.

Mr. Roth has over 25 years of experience in the representation of companies, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex environmental, health and safety matters. He assists clients in successfully resolving compliance and enforcement issues that arise under federal and state statutes, including New Jersey’s Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and Right-to-Know laws.

Mr. Roth’s practice includes counseling clients engaged in state brownfields redevelopment and other cleanup projects. He works with consultants and experts to develop cost effective strategies for complying with site investigation and remediation rules and guidance, including under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (TRSR) and Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS) rules and Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program. 

Mr. Roth represents clients concerning the environmental aspects of business transactions, such as the purchase and sale of real estate, leasing, mergers and acquisitions, and financing.  His role involves assisting with due diligence, negotiating liability allocation and other contract terms,  and structuring post-closing agreements dealing with site remediation, engineering and institutional controls, land use restrictions, operation and maintenance, reporting and other long-term requirements and related financial obligations.

Mr. Roth represents owners/operators, generators and other potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in private and government litigation, cost allocation and other proceedings involving the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act (Spill Act) and other state superfund laws, at federal and state hazardous waste disposal and contamination sites throughout the United States.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Environment practice area (2013 – present)

Uniquely NJ

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section; Former Director of Section
  • Member, Hudson Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel
  • Member, NAIOP NJ Chapter; Former Regulatory Affairs Committee member
  • Member, Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey
  • Member, Newark Regional Business Partnership; Transportation Counsel
  • Member, Haworth Zoning Board
  • Member, Haworth Environmental Commission
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; Chair, Environmental Disclosure Committee (2013 - 2014, 2014 - 2015); Former Vice Chair, Committee Newsletters, Environmental Disclosure Committee (2011 - 2013); Member, Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law; Member, Section of Litigation
  • Member, Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast
  • Alumni Board, University of Maryland School of Law

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Departments

Education

University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1985

Rutgers University, B.S., 1982

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1986
  • Maryland, 1985

David A. Roth Ranked in Chambers USA 2014