Lawrence F. Jacobs is a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer and is the Chair of the Environmental Department. He concentrates on advising clients in all phases of regulatory compliance with environmental laws and brownfields redevelopment.
Mr. Jacobs has extensive negotiating experience with federal, state and local authorities on permit applications and enforcement proceedings. He has secured multi-million dollar recoveries for environmental remediation, served as lead counsel on the redevelopment of one of New Jersey's most notorious Superfund sites, and has supervised the permitting and land acquisition for both conventional and renewable energy facilities.
Mr. Jacobs is the co-author of a chapter in the two-volume treatise "Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey" (ICLE 2003, 2006). He is the co-author of "New Jersey's Reaction to Climate Change" (New Jersey Law Journal, August 2007). He is also the author of the articles "Urban Brownfields" (Urban Land Magazine, February 2002) and "Managing Environmental Risk" (Urban Land Magazine, June 1999). Mr. Jacobs is also a frequent lecturer on environmental and redevelopment issues for planning organizations and for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).
Mr. Jacobs presently serves as the Governance Chair for the New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an international education and research institute representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines in private enterprise and public service. He served as the Chair for the New Jersey District Council from 2007 to 2010, and prior to that served as both Vice Chair and Programs Chair for the District Council. Under Mr. Jacobs' leadership, ULI in New Jersey tackled the difficult land use and economic policies confronting the real estate and development community, and convened the important decision-makers to foster responsible land use policies and to promote best practices in land development.
Mr. Jacobs served on the Bedminster Township Environmental Commission from 2009 to 2011 and has served on the Bedminster Township Land Use Board since 2011.
Mr. Jacobs has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers ® list in 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2011. Mr. Jacobs has also been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Best Lawyers ® list for 2012.
· New Jersey's Reaction to Climate Change