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  • Clients praise him as an “experienced practitioner who knows both New Jersey and federal environmental laws and regulations inside out.”
    - Chambers USA

Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987
  • B.S., Muhlenberg College, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Memberships & Affiliations

New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Environmental Business Council

Paul C. Dritsas

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Partner
  • T: 973.639.2063
    F: 973.297.3967
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Dritsas is a partner in the firm's Environment & Energy Practice Group. He practices in the area of environmental law and has experience with all major federal and New Jersey environmental laws and regulations. He counsels clients with respect to the investigation, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties, real estate and corporate transactions and regulatory and permit compliance.

His extensive transactional practice includes representation of major companies, REITs and financial institutions in transactional due diligence (including Phase I and Phase II site assessments and compliance audits), identification and evaluation of environmental contingent liabilities and preparation and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, including environmental indemnification agreements. He is experienced in handling environmental due diligence investigations and negotiations in connection with a variety of transactions and with respect to facilities in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Dritsas has substantial experience with the handling of environmental issues associated with the purchase, sale or other disposition of brownfield properties. His practice includes audits, due diligence, preparation and negotiation of acquisition, leasing and financing agreements, resolution of site remediation and environmental insurance issues and counseling with respect to the redevelopment and reuse of such properties.

Mr. Dritsas also represents clients in securing approvals of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) under the Industrial Site Recovery Act (“ISRA”), the Brownfield and Contaminated Sites Remediation Act (“BCSRA”), the Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act (“UST Act”) and the Site Remediation Reform Act (“SRRA”). He has represented numerous companies in the determination of ISRA applicability and in the formulation and implementation of ISRA, BCSRA, UST Act and SRRA compliance programs, including the negotiation of Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) agreements. His regulatory practice also includes representation of major companies in structuring and performing environmental audits and in negotiating and securing environmental permits from environmental agencies. He is an experienced negotiator with state and federal regulators.

Mr. Dritsas has been recognized as a Chambers USA “Leaders in Their Field” lawyer for 2013-2018. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Click here for their methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

International Client - Sale of Former Manufacturing Facility
Representation of international client in the phased sale of former manufacturing facility for redevelopment. First phase involved sale of heavily contaminated portion of the property for re-use as a retail shopping center. Second phase will involve sale of formerly active portion of the manufacturing plant.
International Company - $160 Million Stock Acquisition Including US Facilities with Environmental Issues
Representation of major international company in $160 million stock acquisition involving several US facilities, including NJ facility with extensive soil, groundwater and vapor intrusion issues.
California Biotech Company - Acquisition of Stock of Resins Manufacturing Company
Representation of a California biotech company in its acquisition of the stock of a resins manufacturing company with facilities in Linden, New Jersey. Subsequent representation of this client included the divestiture of the resins manufacturing business to a major chemical company and the handling of ISRA proceedings with respect to the Linden facilities.
Japanese Company - Acquisition of Fluoropolymer Manufacturing Business
Representation of a major Japanese corporation as special environmental counsel in its acquisition of a fluoropolymer manufacturing business with facilities in Bayonne, New Jersey, Thorndale, Pennsylvania and Great Britain.

Speaking

04/30/09
New Jersey's Licensed Site Professional Program
New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act, A.2962 Webinar
04/30/09
McCarter & English, LLP, New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act, A.2962 Webinar, on "New Jersey's Licensed Site Professional Program," Newark, NJ
06/20/07
Proposed Changes to NJ Soil Standards - Highlights and Potential Consequences, McCarter & English, LLP and ENVIRON Webinar
06/20/07
Proposed Changes to NJ Soil Standards - Highlights and Potential Consequences
ENVIRON Webinar