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Michael L. Rodburg

Michael L. Rodburg

Of Counsel

Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New Jersey, U.S.A.

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Michael L. Rodburg is one of the founders of modern environmental legal practice and has focused exclusively on it since 1973. A fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and Super Lawyers. Michael served more than a decade as Lowenstein Sandler's Managing Director, Chairman, President, and CEO, leading the firm beyond its New Jersey roots to national prominence and guiding it to become one of the 200 largest law firms in the nation. Under his leadership, the firm had the highest percentage annual increase in revenue between 2003 and 2007 among all AmLaw 200 firms.

Michael represents companies in significant business transactions and in civil litigation and administrative agency proceedings arising out of a wide variety of environmental problems. He concentrates in hazardous substances litigation, mass tort defense, acquisition counseling, and climate change initiatives.

Michael is a frequent author and lecturer. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including The Environmental Claims Journal and Environmental Compliance and Litigation Strategy. He has written hundreds of articles during his career, has been published in the Harvard Law Review and the Rutgers Law Journal, and is the author of several books, including the seminal New Jersey Environmental Law Handbook. He has taught at Rutgers Law School-Newark and Vermont Law School.

He serves on the boards of numerous charitable and community organizations, as well as the Hugo Neu Corporation, a privately held company based in New York City.

Bar Admissions

    New Jersey


Harvard Law School (J.D. 1971), magna cum laude; Editor, Harvard Law Review
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. 1968)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Successfully defended Marmon Holdings Inc. at trial in a CERCLA cost recovery lawsuit filed by the United States relating to a nearly $3 billion cleanup in Idaho.

Professional Associations

New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, Board of DirectorsNew Jersey Client Protection Fund, Board of Trustees by Appointment of the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme CourtAmerican Conference on Diversity, Board of Trustees and Former ChairMontclair State University, Advisory Board of the School of BusinessRutgers University School of Law–Newark, Advisory Council of the Visiting CommitteeThe Montclair Kimberley Academy, Board of Trustees, and Former Chair, Finance CommitteeHarvard Law School Association of New Jersey, Trustee and youngest elected PresidentHarvard Alumni Fund, Vice Chair


"Special Briefing: Current NRD Issues in New Jersey," keynote speaker, Industrial Liability for Natural Resources Damages under "Superfund" and Other Environmental Laws Seminar, November 2003
"Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)," 23rd Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study, ALI-ABA Conference on Hazardous Substances, Site Remediation and Enforcement, October 2003
"Mass Tort Issues Facing Industry," An Insider's Guide to Mass Tort Litigation, March 2003
"Natural Resource Damages: New Jersey Policy and Practice," Panel Member, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, 1999 Environmental Law Forum, June 1999
"A Civil Action," ABA Section of Litigation, Environmental Litigation Committee Eleventh Annual Mid-Year Meeting, February 1999
"Facilitating Brownfields Development Through Insurance," ABA/SONREEL Satellite Seminar Broadcast on "Tackling Tough Toxic Waste Problems," May 1998

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Litigation News for the Global Financial Community


    Caught In the Middle: The Environmental Audit Privilege and Federal State Conflict, June 1997
    Constitutional Attacks On Superfund: Round Three, September 1998 - October 1999
    Everything Old is New Again, September 1998 - October 1999
    Groundwater Damages In New Jersey, December 2003
    Lowenstein Sandler Sets the Standard For Pro Bono Initiatives, May 2006
    New Mexico v. General Electric: A Cautionary Tale, May 31, 2004
    Of Mice and Men: On Biological Plausibility, September 1998 - October 1999
    On Rearranging the Titanic's Deck Chairs, September 1998 - October 1999
    Overfiling Takes A Hit, September 1998 - October 1999
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc; Quod Erat Demonstrandum, September 1998 - October 1999
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc; Quod Erat Demonstrandum, Part II, September 1998 - October 1999
    Rein(deer)ing in RCRA, September 1998 - October 1999
    The Certainty Principle, September 1998 - October 1999
    The Large Company with a Small Law Department, September 2000
    The Long March Toward Risk-Based, Site-Specific Remediation And An Endnote About Frogs, September 1998 - October 1999
    Top Ten Reasons Why New Jersey Businesses Should Be Concerned About Natural Resource Damages, April 2003
    Traps Set for the Unwary - California Supreme Court Invalidates Policy Rights in Corporate Restructuring, March 2003
    When The Shoe Is on The Other Foot, September 1998 - October 1999
    Whither CERCLA?, September 1998 - October 1999

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