Michael L. Rodburg Of Counsel

New Jersey
T 973.597.2466 | F 973.597.2467

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


Lowenstein Sandler Sets the Standard For Pro Bono Initiatives
New Jersey Business, May 2006
Michael Rodburg
New Mexico v. General Electric: A Cautionary Tale
New Jersey Law Journal, May 31, 2004
Michael Rodburg, Timothy L. Borkowski, Esq.
Groundwater Damages In New Jersey
Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee Newsletter, December 2003
Michael Rodburg
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Press Mentions

Michael Rodburg named to the American College of Environmental Lawyers. , Metropolitan Corporate Counsel , September 2009
Gary Wingens and Michael Rodburg comment on the success and future of the firm in an article about Wingens' recent appointment to the position of managing director. , NJBiz , February 14, 2008
Michael L. Rodburg profiled for his chairman role to the American Conference on Diversity, and for his achievement in launching Lowenstein Sandler's diversity program, ranked nationally by Multicultural Law Magazine. , The Star Ledger , January 4, 2007
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Related Areas

Environmental Law & Litigation


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

Bar Admissions

New Jersey


  • New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • New Jersey Client Protection Fund, Board of Trustees by Appointment of the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
  • American Conference on Diversity, Board of Trustees and Former Chair
  • Montclair State University, Advisory Board of the School of Business
  • Rutgers University School of Law–Newark, Advisory Council of the Visiting Committee
  • The Montclair Kimberley Academy, Board of Trustees, and Former Chair, Finance Committee
  • Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey, Trustee and youngest elected President
  • Harvard Alumni Fund, Vice Chair