Catherine M. Ward

Co-Chair, Environmental

Cathy Ward


Catherine Ward has spent much of her practice helping clients understand the complexities of regulations at the intersection of science and law. Her focus is on simplifying complex issues and multi-disciplinary projects into workable components, and then creating the necessary framework to accomplish her clients’ goals. With experience as a chemist and environmental consultant, she brings a unique perspective to assist companies – who are navigating often conflicting legal scenarios – in identifying opportunities and advantages. Having owned and operated industrial real estate, Cathy is grounded in the practical implications of her advice, which enables her to always understand the business side of legal issues. Her goal in every transaction is not only to solve the problem presented, but to identify and facilitate the most cost-effective and beneficial means of doing so.

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Representative Matters

  • represented a New Jersey township in the acquisition, investigation and remediation of 17 contiguous parcels and assisted in the procurement of $3.4 million in grants for the redevelopment of the site
  • assisted a building and development company in the conversion of two abandoned city blocks of industrial land into a multiuse development in a suburb of Philadelphia
  • worked with a Philadelphia excavation business to convert an abandoned landfill into their corporate headquarters
  • acted as environmental and energy counsel to a New Jersey municipality involving the investigation and remediation of over 20 brownfields sites, negotiation of redevelopment agreements, quieting title to 12 orphan alleys to enable redevelopment of city blocks, and negotiation of a contract for a 1MW solar project on a municipal building
  • represented a regional waste management company in the expansion of a transfer station in New Jersey
  • defeated a $250,000 natural resource damage claim against a small business owner filed by the NJDEP
  • worked with a scrap metal company to obtain expedited permitting to allow a $5 million auto shredder/automated material separator in New Jersey to begin operations
  • assisted an e-commerce fulfillment company in the expansion of their fulfillment services operations in two locations in New Jersey
  • represented a food manufacturer in relocating and constructing a manufacturing facility and through two expansions
  • acted as environmental counsel to a major university in the remediation and sale of assets which had been contaminated by a prior owner
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Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
  • B.S., Saint Joseph's University

  • Board Member, Environmental Committee, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Chair, Development Advisory Panel, RE3 Conference, 2012, 2014, 2015 (current)
  • Member, NJDEP Site Remediation Advisory Group
  • Member, Drexel University President’s Council on Energy and the Environment
  • Member, Environmental and Redevelopment Committees, V-CEA and Historic Fill Subcommittees, Builder’s League of New Jersey
  • Stradley Ronon Technology Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Chair of Advisory Panel and Moderator, RE3 Conference, 2012-2015
  • Panelist, “Update on the Site Remediation Program,” NJ Bar Association's 2015 Environmental Law Forum
  • Panelist, “Intro to Brownfields Finance Course,” Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Moderator, “Government Assistance for Brownfields/Redevelopment Projects,” RE3 Conference
  • Presenter, “Green Innovations at City, State & Federal Levels,” NJ/PA Sustainability Symposium
  • Presenter, “Ethics in LSRP World,” Environmental Law Forum
  • Presenter, “Northeast Sustainable Communities,” John Jay College
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  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, recognized in environmental law in New Jersey
  • SJ Magazine, “Top Attorney” in Brownfields Law
  • South Jersey Biz, Best Attorneys in Business 
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • Camden Area Health Education Centers, Inc., Pro Bono Award for 15 years of service
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In The Community

Cathy is a founding member and was the first chairperson of Sustainable Moorestown, which received a Bronze Certification through the Sustainable Jersey program in less than two years. She is also a township-appointed member of the Moorestown Environmental Advisory Committee. For her extensive involvement in community activities, Cathy received an official proclamation from Moorestown Mayor Victoria Napolitano, who declared Feb. 9, 2015 a day to honor Cathy’s contributions to the town.
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