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Zach represents companies throughout all stages of environmental litigation under the New Jersey Spill Act, CERCLA, and other state and federal law. He counsels a range of entities, including property owners, nonprofits, and pharmaceutical and chemical companies, on compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations, and he guides them on legal issues concerning large, contaminated sites, such as site access, investigation, cleanup, and allocation of related legal and financial responsibility.
Leveraging his environmental experience, Zach performs due diligence in complex corporate and real estate transactions to help both seller-side and buyer-side clients identify and mitigate environmental risks and comply with Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and other environmental requirements. He also aids companies in internal investigations of sensitive environmental matters, including “emerging” per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
Zach is active in pro bono matters. Through the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (TLDEF) Name Change Project, he represents transgender clients in seeking legal name changes. He has worked with TLDEF and the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest to advocate for more equity, privacy, and safety for New Jersey’s transgender name-change applicants.
He also assists low-income clients with collecting monetary judgments and other litigation matters. As chair of the Legislative Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Section, he contributes commentary on pending state legislation through the lens of potential impact on the LGBTQ+ community.
Before joining the firm, Zach clerked for the Hon. Keith E. Lynott, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, in Newark. He also clerked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.