Mike, chair of the Environmental Law Practice Area, handles all aspects of New Jersey and federal environmental law, including permitting and litigation, CAFRA, sewage disposal and water supply, wetlands, riparian (tidelands) law, solid waste, flood hazard areas, siting of energy and other industrial facilities, site remediation, Pinelands, Highlands, cultural resources, stormwater, wastewater planning, water and air pollution. He also appears before planning and zoning boards and has handled complex construction litigation matters.
Mike is environmental counsel to the New Jersey Builders Association and general counsel to the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey. The Environmental Law Department authored the environmental law section of The New Jersey Land Use and Environmental Law Treatise and Mike co-authors the New Jersey Water Law Survey updates to the Waters and Water Rights Treatise.
He has been involved in major litigation both before the New Jersey courts and the Office of Administrative Law and has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division. Mike has served as an expert witness in cases before the New Jersey Superior Court and the U.S. District Court.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Michael J. Gross
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla’s New Jersey Environmental Law & Land Use practice group is recognized as a Go-To Thought Leader for their coverage and analysis of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) permit extensions, including extensions for remediation activities, environmental compliance updates due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, amendments to surface water quality and other environmental standards and statutory and common law environmental cleanup claims. Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla's Environmental and Land Use team provides timely regulatory and litigation updates which are invaluable to construction, real estate professionals and other parties interested in New Jersey environmental standard. Giordano Environmental and Land Use Practice Group legal editors include Michael J. Gross, Marc D. Policastro, Paul H. Schneider, Steven M. Dalton, David J. Miller and Afiyfa H. Ellington.