Nathan Howe assists clients in energy regulatory and transactional matters and complex environmental and commercial litigation.
Nathan has advised these clients, including those in the renewables space, on energy regulatory schemes, jurisdictional issues, and related financial considerations and concerns. He helps businesses with renewable energy procurement and in the development of community solar projects.
His environmental practice includes representing clients in matters concerning environmental contamination and other issues, including those involving multiparty Superfund and New Jersey Spill Act cost recovery actions as well as common law claims. He was part of a team that developed a successful strategy to defend a client against a high stakes toxic exposure action that had spanned several years and involved numerous parties, novel scientific issues, and complicated legal doctrines.
Prior to joining McCarter, he served as an assistant county prosecutor in Somerset County, New Jersey, managing cases within the Adult Trial, Juvenile, and Domestic Violence Units. He handled both bench and jury trials covering a range of criminal matters and won several appeals in the New Jersey Appellate Division. His argument before the Appellate Division for removing the inadvertency element of the plain view exception to the warrant requirement was embraced by the New Jersey Supreme Court in a 2016 decision.
Nathan’s experience in the state and criminal court system is an asset to his pro bono work, where he assists unaccompanied minors seeking special immigrant status and helps supervise the firm’s expungement program to provide a clean slate to reformed offenders. He also advises on navigating the criminal framework governing domestic violence offenses.
A cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, Nathan was honored as the first-place winner of The Environmental Law Institute’s National Writing Competition in 2010 for his article titled The Political Question Doctrine’s Role in Climate Change Nuisance Litigation: Are Power Utilities the First of Many Casualties?, 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11229 (2010).