Andrew B. Robins

Andrew B. Robins: Attorney with Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
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Andrew B. Robins uses his wide range of environmental law experience to counsel clients in regulatory compliance, cost recovery litigation, redevelopment, brownfields, transaction negotiation and risk analysis. His broad background includes environmental and brownfield redevelopment matters involving solid and hazardous waste regulations, the LSRP program, ISRA/ECRA, CAFRA, voluntary cleanups, medical waste regulations, wetlands regulations, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, underground storage tanks (USTs), stream encroachment (flood plain) regulations, waterfront development, Meadowlands, Highlands, Pinelands and CERCLA (Superfund) as well as land use approval matters and related transactions and litigation.

Mr. Robins negotiates transaction agreements and identifies and works to minimize risks associated with environmental matters. He obtains necessary approvals and permits, defends against governmental and citizen group enforcement actions, pursues cost recovery in litigation and challenges improper governmental actions and regulations.

As a member of a number of the Department of Environmental Protection’s stakeholder groups, Mr. Robins has been actively involved in the crafting and implementation of the new programs and initiatives, including the NJDEP’s Site Remediation, Land Use, Solid and Hazardous Waste and Enforcement Programs. He was involved in the LSRP program and the SRRA legislation from the earliest initial meeting and remains active on the Site Remediation Program’s Steering Committee and other stakeholder committees. He is often invited to speak and write on a variety of environmental law topics, such as cost recovery, “brownfields” redevelopment, ISRA/ECRA, voluntary cleanups, underground storage tanks, medical waste regulation, wetlands regulation, permit acquisition and air pollution.

Press Releases

Sills Cummis & Gross’ Ted Zangari and Andrew B. Robins Receive NJBA’s Chairmans’ Awards


In The News Items

NAIOP Panelists: Regulatory Changes, Court Actions Reshaping Development 7/30/2018

Developing a Plan: Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition offers Phil Murphy a blueprint for how to grow the state’s economy and add jobs

ROI-NJ 11/13/2017

All Eyes on Veteran Jurist Mulling Proposed Exxon Deal

New Jersey Law Journal 8/6/2015

New Pollution Lawsuits are Rare Under Christie; Focus is on Settling Old Cases for Cash

The Record 4/3/2015

Exxon Settlement Falls Short Of Damage, N.J. Democrats Say

NPR's All Things Considered 3/19/2015

Q&A With Sills Cummis' Andrew Robins

Law360 4/22/2013

NJ High Court Ruling Stresses Due Process in Enviro Actions

Law 360 4/4/2013

NJ Enviro Waivers Get Green Light Despite Judicial Rebuke

Law360 3/21/2013

Green Groups Clash with Business Over NJ Enviro Waivers

Law360 1/18/2013

NAIOP-Opposed Bill Held in Committee

NAIOP NJ WeekEnder Brief 1/18/2013

Helping Business by Building Predictability into Environmental Regulations

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 4/1/2012

DEP’s Site Cleanup Program May Stall

NJBIZ 4/18/2011


Atlantic Builders Convention 2019

New Jersey Builders Association 4/3/2019

Building a Better NJ: Regulatory, Legislative & Legal Update

NAIOP New Jersey 7/12/2018

Atlantic Builders Convention 2018

New Jersey Builders Association 4/11/2018

New Jersey Site Remediation Conference

Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Code of Conduct New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association 1/23/2018

Atlantic Builders Convention 2017

New Jersey Builders Association 4/5/2017

Regulatory, Legislative & Legal Update Seminar

Site Remediation Update NAIOP New Jersey 6/28/2016

Redevelop NJ - Navigating the Growing Redevelopment Trend - CLE Seminar

New Jersey Builders Association 6/16/2016

Atlantic Builders Convention 2016

New Jersey Builders Association 3/29/2016

Atlantic Builders Convention 2015

Legal Trends I - Land Use Law (Meryl Gonchar); Site Remediation Regulatory Updates (Andrew Robins) New Jersey Builders Association 3/25/2015

Environmental Law for LSRPs and Attorneys

Industrial Site Recovery Act Rutgers University 2/25/2015

Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks

NJ UST Program Laws Regulations and Business/Legal Perspective Montclair State University - Continuing Education for Environmental Professionals 1/13/2015

LSRP Obligations, Requirements and Use of Professional Judgment

Panel Discussion - Professional Judgment: Outsider Perspective Montclair State University - Continuing Education for Environmental Professionals 6/6/2014

65th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention

Legal Trends I - Land Use Law (Gonchar); Site Remediation Regulatory Updates (Robins); Legal Trends II - Environmental Law (Robins); Presenting Development Applications to Local Boards - Ethical and Professional Considerations (Moore) New Jersey Builders Association 3/26/2014

Environmental Law for LSRPs

Industrial Site Recovery Act Rutgers University 2/26/2014

Legislative and Regulatory Update

Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (Ted Zangari); Environmental Regulatory Updates (Andrew Robins) New Jersey Builders Association 11/15/2013

Policy Briefing: The LSRP Program, A Year Later

PlanSmart NJ 9/12/2013

2013 Atlantic Builders Convention

Legal Trends I - Land Use Law (Gonchar); Site Remediation Regulatory Updates (Robins); Growth in Mixed Use Developments (Moore); and Ethics in Government Relations (Robins) New Jersey Builders Association 4/10/2013

Site Remediation - Your Basic Toolkit

New Jersey Builders Association 9/28/2012

Environmental Business Council Roundtable Meeting

Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS) Overview Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey 7/25/2012

Green Buildings: Practical Considerations for the In-House Attorney

Association of Corporate Counsel - Greater New York Chapter 6/27/2012

Working with Your LSRP: Changing Roles and Responsibilities under the NJDEP’s New Site Remediation Program

New LSRP Program Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station 4/18/2012

New Jersey’s LSRP Program for Site Remediation - It’s Here, Are You Prepared?

ICSC New Jersey Government Relations Committee 3/22/2012

NAIOP New Jersey Seminar

Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) NAIOP New Jersey 2/17/2012

Working with Your LSRP - Changing Roles and Responsibilities Under the NJDEP’s New Site Remediation Program

Rutgers University 12/5/2011

Understanding the New DEP: A Discussion of Recent and Upcoming Changes to New Jersey's Regulatory Environment

Proposed Changes to the Site Remediation Program Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey 11/2/2011

Understanding Site Remediation in New Jersey: Technical Issues and Guidance Overview

Obligations of the Person Responsible for Conduction a Remediation Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey 6/21/2011

Environmental Land Use Law

SRRA & LSRP as Land Use Issues/Remedial Action Permits Rutgers Land Use Law and Regulation Continuing Professional Education 6/20/2011

Environmental, Economic & Land Use Planning

NAIOP New Jersey 6/8/2011

2011 New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention

On Appeal: Appellate Advocacy (Peter G. Verniero); Class Actions Today ... and Tomorrow (Jeffrey J. Greenbaum); Social Media Risks and Policies for Law Firms (Galit Kierkut); Environmental Trends and DEP Transformation: Lessons Learned and To Be Learned (Andrew B. Robins) New Jersey State Bar Association 5/19/2011

62nd Annual Atlantic Builders Convention

New Jersey Site Remediation and LSRPs New Jersey Builders Association 4/6/2011

59th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention

New Jersey Builders Association 4/16/2008

New Jersey Institute of Technology's Intro to Environmental Policy Series

What the Evolution of Laws and Regulations has meant to the Private Sector, Issues on the Horizon, the Stakeholder & Whitepaper Process New Jersey Institute of Technology 2/6/2008

Redevelopment Law Institute

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 1/25/2008

Tri-State Best Practices in Brownfield Redevelopment Conference: Myths and Realities

Myths and Realities about Engineering and Institutional Controls National Brownfield Association 6/15/2007

58th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention

New Jersey Builders Association 4/16/2007

57th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention

Brownfields-Landfills and More New Jersey Builders Association 4/26/2006


Licensing Board Proposes Rules for Site Remediation Professionals

New Jersey Law Journal 7/20/2015

Protect Your Approvals: Duration and Extensions of Permits and Approvals Extended by the New Jersey Permit Extension Act

NAIOP NJ - The WeekEnder Brief 7/25/2014

DEP’s Waiver Rules: Does Common Sense Have a Role in Environmental Regulation?

New Jersey Law Journal 7/16/2012

A Sea Change in Proposed Site Remediation Rules, but Is the Tide Coming in or Going Out?

New Jersey Law Journal - Environmental Law Supplement 11/28/2011

The Impact of Site Remediation Reform on Real Estate

New Jersey Law Journal - Real Estate Title Insurance & Construction Law Supplement 6/6/2011

Special Focus: Environmental Law

Commerce Magazine 5/1/2010

New LSRP Rules Released by DEP

Cutting Edge 12/1/2009

DEP Adopts Site Remediation Public Notice Rules

Dimensions - Newsletter of the New Jersey Builders Association 10/1/2008

Holding Land for a Future Payout - Don’t Bank on It!

Perspective NJ (Spring 2008) 4/1/2008

Flood of Proposed DEP Regulations

New Jersey Law Journal 11/12/2007

Site Remediation Legislative Stakeholder Process Explores Potentially Dramatic Changes that Can Stop Brownfield Redevelopment

Dimensions - Newsletter of the New Jersey Builders Association 10/17/2007

NJBA Obtains Clarification of PRED Registration Requirements for Environmental Remediation Sites

Dimensions - Newsletter of the New Jersey Builders Association 2/12/2007

New Jersey Limits Brownfield Reimbursement

Dimensions - Newsletter of the New Jersey Builders Association 10/11/2006

Rankings and Recognition

Chambers USA 2010, 2012-2019, New Jersey Environmental Law

The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2019, Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental

Regulatory Committee Presidents’ Award, NJ-NAIOP

Chairman’s Award, New Jersey Builders Association Redevelopment and Brownfields Committee

Silver Handshake Award, New Jersey Builders Association

Associates Hall of Fame, New Jersey Builders Association

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 643-5277  Phone
(973) 643-6500  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1982
Law School Attended:
Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1986
Year of First Admission:
1987, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1987, New Jersey


Member, Board of Trustees, New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA)
Co-chair, Regulatory Affairs Committee, New Jersey Chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
Member, National Association of Home Builders, Environmental Committee
Member, American Bar Association, SONREEL (Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law)
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Sections
Member, National Brownfield Association
Member, Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast
Member, New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA)
Member, Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey
Member, NJDEP Site Remediation Advisory Group
Member, NJDEP SRP Legislative Reform Stakeholder Group
Member, Transformation and Modernization Evaluation Committee, NJDEP Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Program
Member, NJDEP Compliance and Enforcement Stakeholder Group
Member, NJDEP Land Use Reform Stakeholder Group

Birth Information:
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, May 28, 1960

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