Catherine M. Ward

Co-Chair, Environmental

Catherine 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 client’s 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 enable 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 overseeing $3.4 million in environmental grants in preparation 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 suburban Pennsylvania
  • worked with a family owned excavator with a long history in Philadelphia to convert an abandoned landfill into their corporate headquarters
  • represented a major university in connection with the development of a strategy for the remediation of a contaminated site for uses associated with health care operations
  • 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 waste management company in the expansion of a transfer station in New Jersey
  • defeated a 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 ecommerce fulfillment company in the expansion of their fulfillment services operations in two locations in New Jersey
  • assisted a provider of utility support structures in the acquisition and construction of 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility involving private financing as well as public financing and other incentives exceeding $43 million
  • acted as environmental counsel to a major university in the sale of a health care facility
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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, Builder’s League of South Jersey
  • Stradley Ronon Technology Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • 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 
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer
  • Camden Area Health Education Centers, Inc., pro bono award for 15 years of service
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In The Community

Cathy is the township-appointed chair of Sustainable Moorestown, which received a Bronze Certification through the Sustainable Jersey program. 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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