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  • Lanny Kurzweil is “a great lawyer, tactician and strategist who anticipates five moves ahead of the other side” and “is incredibly thoughtful and…provides sound counsel.” report impressed market commentators.
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
    5.0 out of 5


  • J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 1978
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Various Federal Courts

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

The Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Dartmouth Lawyers Association, past President (2006-2009) and Member of the Board of Directors

International Association of Defense Counsel

Trial Attorneys of New Jersey

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Executive Council Member

Lanny S. Kurzweil

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  • T: 973.639.2044
    F: 973.297.3810
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Lanny S. Kurzweil helps clients address complex environmental litigation, navigate regulatory matters, and assists them with environmental issues involved in business transactions. He represents oil, chemical, financial services and manufacturing companies, as well as real estate and solar developers, in environmental matters, while continuing to counsel a range of domestic and foreign companies on general commercial and product liability matters. He is serving as a custodial receiver for the Superior Court of New Jersey for a large environmentally impacted site.

An experienced trial attorney in federal and state courts, Lanny handles environmental cases involving Superfund and New Jersey Spill Act sites, landfills, groundwater, river systems and sediments, soil contamination and underground storage tanks, and cost recovery actions at sites of various size and environmental significance. He advises clients on the intricacies of the New Jersey Spill Act and on natural resource damages (NRD) issues under federal and state law. He also maintains an active general practice focusing on commercial matters, products liability, toxic torts, contracts and reinsurance issues.

Lanny has successfully mediated and arbitrated several cost recovery actions in New Jersey and New York, resulting in very substantial awards in favor of the firm's clients. He also negotiated the transfer of responsibility for many sites.

For 20 years, Lanny was closely involved in the administration of New Jersey ethics matters. For 14 years, he was a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey (SCNJ) Disciplinary Oversight Committee, serving as its Chairman for seven years through February 2008. Lanny is also the past Chairman of the SCNJ District V-A Ethics Committee, and past Chairman of the SCNJ Ethics Finance Committee.

A frequent lecturer on environmental topics, Lanny often speaks on New Jersey's NRD Program, environmental law and trial topics. He has done so for the Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education and for the Environmental and Insurance Law Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association, NJ ICLE, Law Seminars International and ABA SEER. Additionally, he co-moderates the bimonthly round table of the Environmental Business Council (EBC) of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), which routinely draws about 100 professionals. He is also an active member of the EBC steering committee and a member of the CIANJ Executive Council. He has received the EBC Service Award and the CIANJ Chairman’s Outstanding Volunteer Award and Outstanding Leadership Award.

Lanny serves as a mediator in the Essex County Chancery Division Early Settlement Program and previously served as an arbitrator for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Lanny served on the Montclair Planning Board from 2005 to 2015, most recently as Vice Chairman. This planning-related experience informs his work helping clients bring impacted sites back to productive reuse. He is a board member of La Casa de Don Pedro, a Newark-based community service organization, and an advisory board member for Dartmouth College Hillel.

Awards & Accolades

  • Named to CIANJ’s Environmental Hall of Fame, 2019
  • Recognized as one of Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field,” 2007-2019 (in Band 1 since 2008)

  • Ranked as a New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005-2020
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2019
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2015 and 2018 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Newark

No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Awards Methodology.

Representative Matters

John Keegan—Damages Award Win
Obtained, after a three-day trial on damages in New Jersey state court, an award for the former owner of a parcel of the former Keegan landfill in Kearny, New Jersey, against the Town of Kearny for contribution to the clean-up costs our client had previously paid to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority related to the landfill’s closure.
Defend petroleum and petrochemical companies in a variety of private and government cost recovery actions, under CERCLA and the NJ Spill Compensation and Control Act.
Defend petroleum company in one of the first natural resource damage cases prosecuted in New Jersey.
Successful recovery for petroleum transportation company in cost recovery/allocation arbitration.
Litigate, and subsequently arbitrate, contractual environmental indemnity claims for large chemical company.


Staying out of Trouble: Ethical (Environmental Issues in the Maritime Business)
CLE Presentation - Confidential Client