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  • A client portrays him as “great to work with and well respected by his peers.”
    - Chambers USA

    Sources commend his ability to “grasp and synthesize” complex matters while “consistently providing actionable advice.” - Chambers USA

    “He is very smart and very practical; he has a really nice mixture of intellect and practicality.”
    - Chambers USA

    “Very impressive” attorney Ira Gottlieb chairs the firm's environment and energy practice and is a highly skilled litigator.
    - Chambers USA

    Mr. Gottlieb has a “reputation for problem-solving.”
    - Chambers USA


  • J.D., Vermont Law School, magna cum laude, 1988
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, summa cum laude, 1985

    Articles Editor and Member, Vermont Law Review, 1986-1988

    Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Thomas F. Shebell, Jr., New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, 1989-1990

    Law Clerk, Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden County, 1988-1989

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Vermont

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

International Association of Defense Counsel, Vice-Chair IADC Toxics and Hazardous Substances Committee

Former Co-Chair of the Committee on Superfund and NRD Litigation of the ABA Section on the Environment, Energy and Resources (2005-2007)

Former Vice-Chair and Editor of the ABA SEER, NRD Litigation Committee's Newsletter

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Former member, New Jersey Supreme Court, District Ethics Committee, for Essex County, District V-B, Suburban Essex, 1997-1998

Former Member and Former Vice-President of Board of Trustees, Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children

Ira M. Gottlieb

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  • T: 973.639.7984
    F: 973.297.3976
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Ira Gottlieb practices in the areas of environmental and energy law, natural resource damages (“NRD”), insurance coverage on behalf of policyholders and commercial litigation. He chairs the firm’s Environment & Energy Practice Group and a former member of McCarter’s Executive Committee. Mr. Gottlieb brings together a wealth of experience from litigating and trying cases, and from his time with the EPA, to assist clients with practical solutions to complex problems. Chambers USA 2014 reports that Mr. Gottlieb “is always very responsive and knowledgeable, and provides great insight into the legal, technical and political nature of environmental issues.” In previous Chambers reviews, clients praised Mr. Gottlieb for “efficiently solving problems,” that he "flawlessly comes up with brilliant strategy," and for “his skill at assigning the most appropriate resources” to effectively handle matters.

Mr. Gottlieb's environmental and NRD work involves large, multi-party Superfund sites, including urban watershed sites, located around the country. For example, Mr. Gottlieb takes a lead role on behalf of clients on a wide variety of issues involving Superfund and NRD matters concerning the Berry’s Creek Study Area in New Jersey and the Portland Harbor Superfund site in Oregon, as well as at other Superfund sites. Recently, Mr. Gottlieb successfully defended and resolved a cost recovery and environmental indemnity action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Gottlieb’s insurance coverage practice involves an array of litigation and counseling in multi-state environmental and toxic tort cases as well as for claims relating to products liability, business interruption, employers' liability, workers compensation issues, Directors and Officers and Errors and Omissions coverage.

Mr. Gottlieb was part of a litigation team pursuing insurers in New York State Court for recovery of damages to an oil platform in the North Sea. He was lead trial counsel in a D&O coverage action seeking to recover losses arising from wrongful currency trading. Mr. Gottlieb has also litigated and tried commercial property cases concerning disputes over failed real estate transactions. In connection with intellectual property litigation, Mr. Gottlieb is involved in several actions concerning flash memory technology including licensing disputes and recently concluded a lengthy trial in California concerning licensing issues.

Prior to joining McCarter, Mr. Gottlieb served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III. During his tenure with USEPA, Mr. Gottlieb worked with remedial project managers, on-scene coordinators and other agency staff, as well as the US Department of Justice, US Department of Interior, USACE and various state environmental protection agencies. He acted as lead counsel for USEPA on a number of substantial Superfund Sites, including serving as the lead attorney for USEPA, Region III, in US v. Occidental Chemical, 200 F.3d 143 (3d Cir. 1999), a landmark decision related to the validity of USEPA "Participate and Cooperate" UAOs under CERCLA § 106. While at USEPA, Mr. Gottlieb received the Federal Executive Board gold medal for Excellence in Government and a bronze medal in recognition of his outstanding public service and achievements.

Before joining USEPA, Mr. Gottlieb represented clients in numerous and varied types of litigation, trying several cases to verdict. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on various topics, and publishes articles and book chapters on a range of subjects, including Superfund and Natural Resource Damages, insurance for climate change liabilities and insurance for business interruption. From 2005-07, Mr. Gottlieb was Co-Chair of the Committee on Superfund and NRD Litigation of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the Committee and as Editor of the Committee's Newsletter.

He has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2006, 2008-2019 editions. He has also been recognized as a Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” lawyer from 2009-2019, and is listed in the 2015-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for both Energy Law and Environmental Law. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

Appalachian Insurance Co. v. General Electric Co., et al., Index No. 96-122807 (New York Supreme Court, New York).
NJDEP, et al. v. Lockheed Martin Corp., Docket No. L-2006-05 (Mercer County, NJ).
PNY Technologies, Inc. v. SanDisk Corp., (N.D. CA)
Sulzer Pumps (US) Inc. v. Pacific Indemnity Co, et al., Case No. 0812-17436 (Multnomah County, OR).
State of New York v. Boehringer Ingelheim Corp, et al., Case No. 01-CV-0668 (S.D. NY).


Law Seminars International’s “The Eighth Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages”
Law Seminars International's 11th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Litigating
AIRROC & EECMA Mega-Superfund Site Symposium