Matthew A. Karmel is Counsel with the Firm’s Environmental Group.
He is passionate about sustainability and the environment, and his practice includes brownfields redevelopment and site remediation, traditional environmental counseling and litigation, and matters relating to sustainability, waste management, renewable energy, climate change, and environmental justice.
Sustainability, Waste Management, and Renewable Energy
Matthew is well-versed in the intersecting areas of law that apply to sustainability efforts. For instance, he is assisting with the permitting of food waste recycling technology, which requires consideration of laws relating to waste management and recycling, air and water pollution, renewable energy and utilities, as well as local zoning. Matthew also helped to found the New Jersey Composting Council, an industry group promoting organic waste management through composting and organics recycling.
Matthew has experience with issues relating to renewable and solar energy projects, environmental compliance and sustainability plans, waste management and recycling, environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions limits, environmental advertising, and more.
He writes and speaks regularly on topics relating to sustainability, including through Waste Dive, Waste360, Rutgers University, the Montclair State University Institute for Sustainability Studies, and Fordham University School of Law. He also provides pro bono legal support to important environmental causes.
Brownfields Redevelopment and Site Remediation
Matthew is adept at managing brownfield redevelopment and site remediation projects under New Jersey, New York, and federal law. He is assisting with a $40 million dollar remediation project that involves traditional hazardous substances, radiological materials, and emerging contaminants, all under the oversight of multiple government agencies. Matthew also supervised the remediation of a contaminated property that spans more than 100 acres, which was developed and sold to third-parties pursuant to negotiated agreements that allocate environmental risks and responsibilities between the parties.
In addition to the foregoing, Matthew has experience with environmental insurance and pollution legal liability policies, financial incentives to support remediation efforts, and issues relating to relating to the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA), Flood Hazard Area Control Act, Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, Waterfront Development Act, the New York Oil Spill Law and the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program, as well as federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Environmental Counseling and Litigation
Matthew also provides a wide range of assistance to businesses and individuals regarding traditional environmental counseling and litigation. In one such instance, Matthew defended a regional manufacturing business against claims that the business was responsible for widespread contamination under New Jersey law, and was able to secure a complete dismissal of the claims early in the litigation. In another, he advised a national manufacturing business on potential violations arising under the Toxic Substances Control Act across multiple facilities in different jurisdictions. He also previously advised a packaging company on compliance with environmental laws throughout the United States regarding toxics in packaging. Matthew takes particular pleasure in providing practical, business-conscious advice that simplifies complicated issues.
Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Matthew on its “Ones to Watch” list in the field of Environmental Law since 2021. The “Ones to Watch” awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Thomson Reuters has included Matthew on New Jersey’s “Rising Stars” list for Environmental Law for 2022. He was also recognized by Waste360 on its “40 Under 40” list.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recognized Matthew with a 2021 Recycling Award as a “Rising Star.” The NJDEP Recycling Awards recognize the outstanding recycling achievements of municipalities, counties, businesses and industry and individuals, as well as schools and other institutions and are awarded by the NJDEP and the Association of New Jersey Recyclers. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment
Business and Real Estate Transactions
Land Use/Environmental Permitting
Food Waste and Composting
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2013
Rutgers University, Rutgers College Honors Program, B.A., magna cum laude, Economics with Honors, Mathematics, 2009