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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Norman W. Spindel

Norman W. Spindel

Senior Counsel


  • Environmental Law & Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Litigation

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


With extensive knowledge of transactional and environmental laws, particularly as they relate to business in New Jersey, Norm offers clients clear guidance on the complex environmental regulations governing real estate transactions, business projects, acquisitions, and site remediation.

Norm brings a substantial background in science to his legal work. Trained as a chemical engineer, he has the knowledge and tools necessary to understand the technical requirements underlying environmental compliance issues. He also has a keen understanding of the mind-set and objectives of regulators, as he began his career in Washington, D.C. as a lawyer during the Environmental Protection Agency's formative years.

Taking a comprehensive approach to client relationships, Norm offers valuable assistance in dealing with environmental consultants. He often acts as his clients' project manager, working to ensure that consultants are complying with regulatory requirements, applying optimal strategies, and proceeding in a cost-effective manner.

Norm's clients are diverse, ranging from global corporations to family-owned businesses. He advises them on environmental issues arising from corporate and real estate transactions, as well as federal and state regulatory issues that affect ongoing business operations and site cleanup obligations after a business is shut down.

Responsive, proactive, and knowledgeable, Norm is valued by clients as a key partner in all matters involving environmental regulation.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey
    District of Columbia


Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1973)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (B.S. 1970), with highest honors
Areas of Practice

Environmental Law & Litigation | Litigation | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Representing FTP Power LLC (sPower), the largest independent owner, operator, and developer of utility scale solar assets in the United States, in its $2.1 billion pending sale to affiliates of The AES Corporation and Alberta Investment Management Corporation by Fir Tree Partners and sPower’s minority owners.

Counsels a pharmaceutical company in the response to an industrial accident, including on-site coordination of the response to the federal, state, and local issues arising immediately after the incident; and the continued compliance with state site-cleanup obligations. This representation also includes negotiation of a sale of the property to redevelopers.

Represents national corporations in CERCLA Superfund administrative proceedings, as well as state and bankruptcy litigation involving multiple parties alleged to have contaminated large river systems. Natural resource damages also are an issue in these matters.

In connection with corporate and real estate transactions, advises clients ranging from large corporations to small family-owned businesses on compliance with New Jersey environmental law, including the Industrial Site Recovery Act.

Represented a client in response to a governmental request to evaluate its connection to the identification of an unregulated, alleged hazardous material in a municipal water supply.

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association.

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016-2020) - Spindel
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2015-2020) - Spindel
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers (2008-2018) - Spindel


    A New Era of Brownfield Remediation, July 14, 2003
    As NJ Enviro Deadline Looms, Eyes Remain On Sites, February 3, 2014
    Changes are coming: NJDEP’s Site Remediation Program, April 14, 2008
    Chemical Plant Security: New Programs Under Consideration, December 6, 2004
    Clean Air Act New Source Review: Final Rule And Other Developments, December 2003
    Clean Air Act's New Source Review Update, January 2003
    Do State-Run Insurance Programs Make Sense in Times of Fiscal Austerity?, December 2006
    Environment: Expedited Permit System in New Jersey, November 2004
    EPA Announces Procedures For Owners Of Contaminated Site Assessments to Avoid Superfund Liability, November 2005
    Expedited Permitting Law Goes Into Effect, July 2004
    Governor's State of the State Address Focuses on the Environment, January 2000
    How New Jersey's Brownfield Program Can Affect New School Construction, March 2002
    National News and Developments, July 2010
    New Jersey Adopts Global Warming Response Act What It Means to You, July 2007
    New Jersey Enters a New Era in Its Contaminated Site Remediation Program, June 19, 2009
    New NJDEP Regulations Require Public Outreach at Remediation Sites, March 2009
    New York News and Developments, October 2010
    NJDEP Announces Brownfield Program, December 2002
    Property Cleanup Remedial Investigation Deadline Extended, January 24, 2014
    Remedial Action Permits: One Size No Longer Fits All, July 18, 2011
    Site Remediation Program Changes May Impact Future Development, October 20, 2003
    Site Remediation Program Goes Public, August 27, 2007
    Underground Storage Tanks Post-1998 Deadline Compliance, January 1999


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