Dennis Toft, member of CSG's executive and management committees and chair of the firm's Environmental Group, is a renowned environmental lawyer who applies a keen understanding of science and the complexities of regulatory process when addressing the wide range of issues that his clients face. He provides counsel on all aspects of environmental law, including regulatory counseling, environmental due diligence, permitting, enforcement and environmental litigation, development/redevelopment and environmental insurance.
Dennis is highly regarded as one of New Jersey’s leading Brownfields redevelopment practitioners. Governor Christine Todd Whitman appointed Dennis to serve on the New Jersey Brownfields and Contaminated Site Remediation Task Force, a group created by state law to identify and market Brownfields sites. In 2002, Governor James McGreevey appointed Dennis as chairman of the task force. He was a member of Governor Chris Christie’s transition team, where he was a member of the Environmental Protection Committee. Dennis was also appointed by Governor Richard Codey and served on the New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council. He was also a member of Governor McGreevey’s Transition Team – Environmental Committee.
Dennis regularly appears before the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, municipal land use boards and the Office of Administrative Law, and in state and federal courts.
Dennis has extensive experience representing clients in numerous complicated transactions in litigation and in regulatory matters. Typical matters include assisting a client in negotiating the first environmental risk transfer agreement that was approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; representing clients in obtaining all the regulatory approvals for major facilities, utility lines, hazardous and solid waste incinerators and similar controversial projects; defending and negotiating settlements of natural resource damage claims; defending clients in cost recovery actions; defending and negotiating settlements of civil and criminal enforcement actions resulting from discharges or permit violations; representing clients dealing with Clean Air Act, Water Pollution Control, RCRA and other complicated regulatory processes; and handling all aspects of complicated Brownfield transactions.
Dennis played a key role in the adoption of the New Jersey Brownfields and Contaminated Site Remediation Act. More recently, Dennis was instrumental in the development and adoption of the New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), which establishes a Licensed Site Remediation Professional Program in New Jersey. He is currently serving on the NJDEP Steering Committee for the implementation of the SRRA.
Dennis received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as a staff member and administrative editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. He earned a degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was elected to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
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When Getting Away is the Best Way to Get Business Done (July 2017)
NJ High Court Rules State Not Liable for Raritan Bay Superfund Site (March 28, 2017)
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Six Lessons for Developers Considering a Brownfield Remediation Project (Fall 2016)
Land(fill) of opportunity: Why builders are turning dumps into new developments (July 5, 2016)
Environmental Due Diligence (April 25, 2016)
It's All About the Dirt (March 11, 2016)
NJ Senate Backs Bill Protecting Towns From Spill Suits (January 7, 2016)
Navigating the Selection Process (January 2016)
NJDEP Approves The Use Of Risk Transfer Tools To Facilitate Brownfield Transactions (December 2005)
The New World of Site Remediation (October 2, 2018)
New Jersey Apartment Association Conference & Expo (May 23, 2018)
Chemistry Council of New Jersey 34th Annual Spring Conference (April 30, 2018)
What’s on the Environmental Horizon? (January 10, 2018)
New Jersey Apartment Association's 28th Annual Conference & Expo (May 24, 2017)
Annual Environmental CLE Update (May 10, 2016)
EnviroPolitics Interview (March 13, 2016)
New Jersey's Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) Summit: Implementing the Interim LSRP Program (December 4, 2009)
No Spill Act Liability for the State of New Jersey for Discharges Occurring Prior to 1977 (March 2017)
NJ Supreme Court Expands Insurer’s Liabilities for Environmental Damages (February 2017)
Governor Christie and the New Jersey Legislature Act to Save NJDEP Public Access Rules (January 2016)
Failure to Conduct Preliminary Assessment Renders General Partners Individually Liable Under the Spill Act (January 2016)
EPA Promulgates Standards and Effluent Guidelines for Discharges from Construction and Development Sites (January 2010)
Dennis Toft Named to NAIOP New Jersey's Hall of Fame (September 26, 2018)
27 CSG Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2019 (August 15, 2018)
Dennis Toft Appointed to New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Executive Committee (June 14, 2018)
CSG Achieves High Rankings in 2018 Chambers USA (May 3, 2018)
33 CSG Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2018 New Jersey "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" (March 19, 2018)
Dennis Toft of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi Named to New Jersey Institute of Technology Board of Trustees (February 7, 2018)
Dennis Toft Inducted into American College of Environmental Lawyers (November 9, 2017)
26 CSG Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018 (August 15, 2017)
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi Achieves High Rankings in 2017 Chambers USA (May 26, 2017)
36 CSG Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2017 New Jersey "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" (March 14, 2017)
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)
32 CSG Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 New Jersey "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" (March 22, 2016)