PR 2012 No. 14Gibbons Expands Its Real Property & Environmental Department
Gibbons P.C. continues to expand its Real Property & Environmental Department throughout the region, most recently with the addition of five highly regarded environmental attorneys. William S. Hatfield and Camille V. Otero have joined the Newark office as Directors, and Harry H. Clayton, IV, and Adam C. Arnold as Associates, all from Day Pitney LLP. David J. Freeman, formerly of Paul Hastings LLP, has joined the firm's New York office as a Director.
With roughly a dozen attorneys admitted in both New Jersey and New York, including former environmental scientists and engineers, the Gibbons Environmental Team rivals or exceeds in scope, reach, and talent the Mid-Atlantic's top-tier environmental practices. The Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Gibbons as one of the top environmental practices in the state, with clients saying that the group "is esteemed for its litigation capabilities, particularly in the area of natural resource damage, and also maintains a well-regarded regulatory practice."
William S. Hatfield has 20 years of experience in litigation involving CERCLA, RCRA, CWA, underground storage tanks, toxic torts, and the New Jersey Spill and Landfill Closure Acts. He counsels clients on numerous matters related to the oversight of environmental investigations, cleanup under the NJDEP, ISRA applicability, compliance, remediation activities, natural resource damages, permitting, air emissions, waste water, storm water discharges, and enforcement issues specific to the USEPA, NJDEP, and NYSDEC. He has been listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Super Lawyers. He earned his J.D., cum laude, and M.S.L., summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School and his B.A. from Brown University.
Camille V. Otero focuses her practice on environmental and toxic tort litigation, representing clients in an array of environmental matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, and the New Jersey Spill and Landfill Closure Acts. Ms. Otero has extensive experience assisting clients in remediation activities, compliance, and environmental due diligence. She also has been listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, as well as in New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and her B.S. from Bloomfield College.
David J. Freeman represents buyers, sellers, and developers of properties in all environmental law areas, including brownfields, due diligence, hazardous waste cleanups, and sustainability. He also litigates matters related to remediation, cost recovery, property damage, and exposure to toxic substances. He has been listed in such peer- and client-review publications as the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Super Lawyers. He is also a frequent author and speaker on environmental law topics, and received a 2012 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his work as "an outstanding law firm author." He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Harvard University.
Harry H. Clayton, IV counsels clients on permitting, compliance, enforcement, and transactional matters under both federal and state environmental laws, with a focus on CERCLA, the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, and natural resource damage law. He earned his J.D. from William & Mary Law School and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Adam C. Arnold focuses his practice on environmental litigation arising under both federal and state law, specific to CERCLA and the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act. He earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his M.A. from the University of St. Andrews.