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There is nothing more satisfying than working in the transactional law arena. It is an area ripe with opportunity to develop creative ways to solve problems and get deals done. Given my practice focus, this is especially true when environmental risks come into play.

Ms. Waeger’s practice encompasses the purchase, sale and leasing of industrial and commercial real estate, the formation of business entities and the financing of industrial and commercial real property and business assets. She has a special focus on environmental issues in the transactional setting, including leases and agreements of sale, and the use of environmental insurance policies as a risk management tool.

Ms. Waeger handles the oversight and negotiation of environmental insurance claims and the review, analysis, and negotiation of environmental insurance policies, and has played a prominent role in the negotiation and settlement of numerous insurance claims involving cost-recovery for investigative and remedial activities. She has successfully negotiated environmental insurance policies for use by clients, both in connection with the sale and redevelopment of contaminated properties and brownfields, and in connection with overall risk management programs.  

Ms. Waeger’s clients include leading real estate developers, property and business owners, landlords, tenants, manufacturers, lenders, and REITS.  She writes and lectures extensively on environmental insurance issues.  She has been on the faculty of the ALI CLE national course of study, “The Impact of Environmental Law on Real Estate and Business Transactions: Brownfields and Beyond” since 1995.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2018 Hall of Fame Award from the New Jersey Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW NJ)
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL); member, Board of Governors; past-Chair, Programs Committee (2016); past Vice-Chair of Programming, Mid-Year meetings (2014-2015); past member, Member Development Committee
  • Listed in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business (a publication of Chambers and Partners) in the Real Estate (2006 – present) and Environmental Law (2007 – present) practice areas
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Real Estate Law and Environmental Law practice areas (2008 – present)
  • Selected by Best Lawyers® (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) as 2017 Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Environmental Law; as 2016 Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Real Estate Law
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Real Estate practice area (2005 – 2018); listed by Super Lawyers as one of New Jersey’s Top 50 Women Lawyers (2010 – 2014); listed as one of New Jersey’s Top 100 Lawyers (2010, 2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (1999 – present)
  • Listed by Real Estate New Jersey magazine as one of its Women of Influence (2007 – 2009)
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ (a publication of Journal Multimedia) (2007)

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Uniquely NJ

  • Member, CREW-NJ (1997 – present); past President (2006); past Director (2002-2010); Co-Chair, 25th Anniversary Committee; past member, By-Laws, Membership, Programs Committees
  • Board of Directors and past Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association, Business Law Section
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Network) (1997 – present): Professional Mentor, Leadership Certificate Program (2018, 2016, 2014); Recognition Committee (2018, 2016); Inductee, CREW Network Foundation Women of Vision Program (2016); Chapter Resources Task Force (2015 - 2016); Recognition Committee (2016); Board of Directors (2010 – 2013); Chair of Chapter Communications Task Force (2012); Board Liaison to Communication and Editorial Committee (2013) and Industry Research Committee (2011); past Chair of Member Education Committee (2008 – 2009)
  • Member, American Bar Association; Section of Business Law
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section; Environmental Insurance Committee

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1983

State University of New York at Oneonta, B.S., 1974

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1984
  • New York, 1984

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A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.