John McKinney, a member of the firm since 2003, delivers more than 40 years of experience in representing corporate clients facing serious environmental and occupational safety and health issues. He brings an understanding of the client’s perspective – gained from serving as in-house counsel earlier in his law career – to his law practice. An experienced Superfund, Spill Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) practitioner, John represents companies in connection with site remediations and the allocation of remediation costs associated with waste sites located in New Jersey and elsewhere.
John also handles regulatory compliance matters and government enforcement actions relating to air and water emissions, as well as hazardous waste handling. He represents clients in obtaining environmental permits and, in connection with permits, John handles historic preservation issues arising from potential encroachments on historic sites. He assists clients in connection with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections, citations and issue resolution negotiations, and advises on compliance with specific OSHA regulations.
His litigation experience extends from being a municipal prosecutor to representing parties in complex multiparty cases and court-approved Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Over the course of his career, John has been adverse to – and worked with – numerous environmental lawyers, consultants and government regulators.
John is a trustee of the Drumthwacket Foundation, curator of the official residence of the governor of New Jersey, and a former member of the New Jersey Historic Sites Council.
John has been a frequent speaker at conferences and continuing legal education programs. For 18 years, John was on the faculty of Seton Hall University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor where he taught New Jersey Environmental Law. He also served as moderator of the ABA satellite seminar on Hazardous Waste and Superfund.
John is a co-editor of the ABA publication, CERCLA Enforcement - A Practitioner’s Compendium of Essential EPA Guidance and Policy Documents and co-authored the Generators’ Obligations chapter of the ABA’s RCRA Practice Manual. The standard form group agreement used at many remedial sites around the nation is based on a version he developed for The Information Network for Superfund Settlements.
Annual Environmental CLE Update (May 10, 2016)
MNYCA's Fall Forum (November 5, 2015)
EPA Issues Final Rule Mandating Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Proposes New Rule Requiring Use of Best Technologies by Large GHG Facilities (November 2009)
27 CSG Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2017 (August 15, 2016)
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi Achieves High Rankings in 2016 Chambers USA (May 27, 2016)
31 CSG Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 New Jersey "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" (March 22, 2016)