Partner Michael Gordon, has helped to create one of the most active and
successful plaintiffs environmental law firms in the State of New Jersey.
Michael Gordon has a vast amount of experience and success
in the prosecution of Mass Toxic Tort matters for damages. The DuPont
Pompton Lakes matter which was settled for 38.5 million dollars is a
classic example of where a plaintiffs environmental trial lawyer can
effectively make the difference.
Mr. Gordon has been retained by the State of New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection to represent the State of New Jersey to
effectuate the cleanup of the Passaic River. The selection of Michael
Gordon by the State of New Jersey as special environmental counsel is a
recognition of the expertise and dedication in the area of environmental
law. Michael Gordon was an invited and featured speaker at a Chinese
Environmental Lawyers Roundtable at the China University of Law and
Politics in Beijing. Professor Wang Canfu who heads the Center for Legal
Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV) invited Michael. Mr. Wang sought
after Mr. Gordon because of his well-known expertise in environmental
matters. While in China, Mr. Gordon led off the lawyers roundtable with
a presentation entitled: “Twenty Five Years of Environmental Law and
Litigation Fighting for People and the Environment: A Personal Journey”
which was followed by a two hour discussion on the status of
environmental law in China and proposed changes that could result in
greater rights for victims
He also has a long and successful history in the use of the Citizen Suit
and Environmental Rights Act. He served as local counsel of the Public
Interest Research Group and Friends of the Earth in prosecuting the first
waive of successful Clean Water Act Citizen Suit litigation. Major
corporate defendants were pursued for their habitual violations.
Defendants included Monsanto, Tenneco Polymers and American Cyanamid.
Mr. Gordon has been consistently recognized by his peers for his tireless
efforts on behalf of the environment and its victims. Recently,
Michael Gordon was honored by the New Jersey General Assembly for being
recognized by The New Jersey Work Environmental Council (WEC) for his
twenty five years of legal work protecting the environment and
communities of New Jersey. The General Assembly Resolution honors and
congratulates Mr. Gordon for his meritorious record of service and
commitment on behalf of the citizenry and environment of New Jersey.
In addition, the following are some representative awards and recognitions he has
received for his litigation efforts:
- Environmental Law
- Gold Medal Association Trial Lawyers of America-NJ for DuPont
Litigation 38.5 million dollar settlement
- A.V. Rating by Martindale Hubble, representing the highest ethical
and legal abilities.
- ATLA-NJ Environmental Law Committee Chairman
- Outstanding Achievement for Clean up of 140 Thomas Street from Ironbound
Committee Against Toxic Waste.
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Who’s Who in American Law
- Lecturer 2003 Natural Resource Damages and the Public Trust Doctrine
- Lecturer 2002 New Jersey Judicial College on Environmental Class Actions
and Environmental Mass Torts
- Ten Leaders Environmental Law in New Jersey 2004-2005
- Environmental Consultant “West Wing” Award Winning T.V. Show
- Co-lead counsel 7.6 Billion dollar tobacco settlement
- Co-lead counsel 17.5 Million Dollar environmental settlement
In addition to environmental litigation, Michael Gordon has been a driving
force in the New Jersey environmental public policy debate. He had been
selected to serve by Governor Florio on his Emergency Solid Waste
Assessment Task Force as the member brought on to represent the opinions
and goals of the communities being decimated and impacted by landfills and
incinerations. The task force ended garbage incineration and increased the
recycling component of solid waste to the highest of any state in the
He was selected to serve by Governor McGreevey on his Environmental
Department Transition team on the Enforcement Subcommittee as well as
being invited to participate in the Governor’s Sprawl Summit.
Michael Gordon has been actively advocating, writing, litigating and
lecturing on environmental issues and litigation over the last
ten years. In the wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, he urged Governor Florio to commence a Natural Resource Damage program within the
Department. He has authored a law review article on the need to address
the Natural Resource Damages to the Passaic River due to Diamond Shamrocks
dioxin contamination. Most recently, he lectured at the NJ/NY Baykeeper
Conference on Natural Resource Damages and the Public Trust doctrine.
Complementing his work in Environmental Law has been his constitutional
administrative law work. Mr. Gordon
represented the 3,000 member ATLA-NJ group in its successful
constitutional challenge seeking a public hearing on the JUA insurance
freeze. He also has represented environmental groups in their successful
effort to secure reasonable time and place ordinances for the canvassing of
homes in New Jersey. Finally, the firm represented the NY Times and
Village Voice in a first amendment access to judicial information issue as
a constitutional right.
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