Catherine Ward concentrates her practice in environmental, land-use, alternative energy, brownfields and real estate matters, representing both private companies and public entities.
Ms. Ward counsels clients on regulatory and contractual environmental issues involving brownfields matters, redevelopment work, remediation issues, sustainability and other “green” topics. She also regularly represents clients in land-use matters before local planning boards and assists lenders in connection with loans secured by contaminated real estate. Some of Ms. Ward’s client representations include:
- securing more than $3.4 million in environmental grants for a municipality in southern New Jersey, and assisting in the redevelopment of an abandoned diaper plant into a residential/retail project
- assisting in the conversion of two abandoned city blocks of industrial land into a multi-use development in Royersford, Pa.
- overseeing the environmental activities to convert an abandoned landfill into a corporate center in Philadelphia
- representing a major university in connection with the development of a strategy for the remediation of a contaminated site for uses associated with healthcare operations
Ms. Ward is a frequent speaker on topics relating to brownfields and environmental issues. She has obtained grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Bar Association to present educational workshops, and co-authored college textbooks on the inter-relationship of environmental science and environmental law. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Ward served on a statewide New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) committee to assist in the implementation of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program which affects all open remediation cases in the state.
Ms. Ward was recommended as a leader in environmental law in New Jersey in the 2013, 2012 and 2011 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She was listed as a “Top Attorney” in brownfields law by SJ Magazine in 2009. Ms. Ward’s work on a complex redevelopment project and brownfield development area in Camden County was recently referenced in New Jersey Municipalities magazine. She was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer® in recent years by a vote of her peers. Ms. Ward has also been recognized by the Camden Area Health Education Centers, Inc. for her pro bono services over the past 15 years.
Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Ms. Ward was the partner-in-charge of the Cherry Hill, N.J., office of a regional law firm.
Before attending law school, Ms. Ward worked as head of the project management department of an environmental laboratory and consulting firm where she advised numerous private companies and served as an expert witness in civil and criminal litigation involving environmental issues.