Edward K. DeHope


Edward DeHope is Of Counsel to the Firm, focusing on public utilities law.

He 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% 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. He counseled Hackensack Water Co. (now United Water New Jersey, Inc.) in the development of a project to secure a supply of 60 million gallons of water for it and the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission.

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

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.

Areas of Emphasis

Regulated Businesses

Water and Sewer Services of Public Authorities and Public Utilities

Solid Waste and Small Power Production

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1977

Lafayette College, A.B., 1974

Professional Activities

Member, Public Utility Law Section, New Jersey State Bar Association

Rankings & Recognitions

Since 1995, Ed has been included in The Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, in the fields of Energy Law and Water Law.

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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