My practice involves a relatively young area of the law that is still evolving and changing, so keeping an eye out for what’s coming around the corner on the regulatory and legislative front is an important part of my job. That, and the “science” side of my practice area, make it a perfect fit for me.

Ms. Blau counsels clients on a broad range of environmental and energy related matters. Her work encompasses environmental assessments and due diligence for complex real estate transactions and public-private partnerships, regulatory interpretation and compliance under ISRA and other environmental statutes, air and water permitting requirements, contaminated site remediation and brownfield redevelopment under New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act and LSRP program, and underground storage tank issues. She works closely with environmental consultants and engineers to identify potential environmental risks, and in the preparation of technical reports and regulatory submissions.

Ms. Blau has a longstanding interest and particular practice focus with respect to alternative energy, sustainable building initiatives and climate change issues. Her experience includes solar energy and cogeneration/combined heat and power (CHP) projects. She closely follows related legislative and regulatory developments at the state, federal and global levels, and played a role in crafting the New Jersey Energy Master Plan as an engineer with the former NJ Department of Energy. She has also completed coursework in Climate Change Law at Pace Law School, offered as part of its environmental LLM curriculum.

Ms. Blau has degrees in environmental science and mechanical engineering as well as law, a background which enables here to understand environmental and energy related issues, building operational systems and the tools of sustainability from the technical detail perspective.  She assists clients with the task of interpreting complex technical data and is able to coordinate the efforts of multidisciplinary teams to achieve project objectives.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted University Counsel at Montclair State University in the evaluation of environmental issues and associated environmental contract provisions related to the University’s development of a new cogeneration facility and the cessation of existing cogeneration operations.

Uniquely NJ

  • Immediate Past Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Section
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Special Committee on Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Climate Change
  • Member, NJDEP Site Remediation Program Steering Committee
  • Member, Environmental Commission of Township of Springfield, NJ
  • Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of Essex County, Inc.
  • Former Editor, New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Section newsletter
  • Former Treasurer, Women Lawyers of Union County
  • Former Master, Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court
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More Activities & Experience

  • Climate Change Track coursework, Pace Law School, Environmental LLM curriculum, 2010-2012
  • Ms. Blau began her career as an environmental lawyer in private practice before joining the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, where she represented the Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities. She also conducted her own law practice, The Blau Law Firm, from 2003 to 2006.

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Departments

Education

Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1989

City University of New York, City College, B.E.M.E., 1984

State University of New York at Purchase, B.A., 1979

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1989