Edward DeHope was still new to Riker Danzig in 1979 when he took on part of the task of straightening out the legal mess caused by the Three Mile Island accident. Ed helped guide Jersey Central Power & Light Co., then a 25-percent owner in the troubled nuclear plant, through subsequent regulatory hurdles, helping it to emerge as a viable company once again.

From that point on, Ed has assisted clients in a continuous string of complex regulatory affairs. For instance, he has represented the operators of a major waste-to-energy conversion facility in Gloucester County, N.J., since 1990. He assisted the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in working out a road-widening and ramp-configuration plan for a large shopping-mall project in Elizabeth, N.J. And he counseled Hackensack Water Co. (now United Water New Jersey, Inc.) in development of a project to secure a supply of 60 million gallons of water for it and the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission.

In turning to Ed, clients like these know that they are getting more than a lawyer with solid legal knowledge. "I understand how politics interplays with utilities and how that can have as much influence on what you can and can't do as utility law does," he says.

His client list is eclectic, including both public and private entities. On the public side, he works with the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, and the Cumberland County Improvement Authority. Company clients include Environmental Disposal Corp., Covanta Energy Corporation and Wheelabrator Environmental Systems Inc.

Ed finds satisfaction from his work because it often results in desirable public outcomes. But he also enjoys his work for the enduring relationships that often result. "I like the sense that you deal with people on a day-to-day basis," he says. "I like the friendship and the camaraderie."

Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Ed on its "Best Lawyers" list in the fields of Energy Law and Water Law since 1995. Thomson Reuters has included him on the New Jersey's "Super Lawyers" list for Utilities Law since 2005.  See Awards and Honors Methodology

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