Richard F. Ricci Partner and Chair, Environmental Law and Litigation Practice

New Jersey
T 973.597.2462 | F 973.597.2463

When environmental litigation and regulatory issues threaten their businesses, clients turn to Rich both for his ability to resolve those issues and for his extensive experience in the environmental law trenches. His practice encompasses Superfund, toxic tort, and hazardous waste litigation; cleanup and cost-recovery actions; injunctive and penalty proceedings; and construction, insurance coverage, and related commercial litigation issues.

As lead counsel in many high-stakes environmental matters, Rich has a strong record of favorable outcomes for clients, who are quick to acknowledge his exceptional level of commitment and concern for their business outcomes. He also regularly provides counseling and transactional support on complex corporate and real estate transactions with environmental components. Rich has a national reputation, having successfully tried cases from New York and New Jersey to Illinois and Arkansas.

Rich was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the District V-C Ethics Committee, on which he served for seven years. He is an active member of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey and frequently speaks at its events.

Rich’s work is consistently honored by regional and national ranking organizations. Chambers USA (2007-2016) has described him as a “very knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive, and strategic” environmental lawyer with a “winning combination of skills” and “strong tactical streak.” A noted thought leader, Rich has published on a wide range of environmental law topics.

Representative Engagements

Acted as lead trial counsel to a real estate investment trust landlord in a trial that resulted in a determination that the client was entitled to complete contractual indemnification, including reimbursement of all attorneys' fees, from its tenant for claims of the State of New Jersey for the costs of investigating and remediating environmental contamination.
Represented a major oil company in obtaining summary judgment compelling the purchaser of an oil refinery to comply with the terms of an asset purchase agreement.
Acted as lead trial counsel for a specialty chemical manufacturer in an environmental cleanup cost-recovery case in Little Rock, Arkansas, which resulted in a no-cause verdict for the client.
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Other Distinctions

  • BTI Client Service All-Stars (2015) - Recognized as a “BTI Client Service All-Star” by The BTI Consulting Group for providing outstanding client service.

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007–2017) – Noted in the area of environmental law as having a "winning combination of skills and knowing the law extremely well"; for being "very knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive and strategic"; "a marvelous and effective attorney". Rich is also described as an "intensely pragmatic and knowledgeable regulatory attorney" with a "strong tactical streak with sound practical instincts."

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2005–2018) – Recognized in the environmental law section.

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2017) – Consistently acknowledged in the environmental/land use and construction litigation sections.


Emhart Industries: A Rare Moment in CERCLA Jurisprudence
Environmental Law & Litigation Client Alert, September 11, 2017
Richard Ricci, James Stewart, Sean Collier
EPA’s Recommendations to Jump-Start Superfund
Environmental Law & Litigation Client Alert, August 28, 2017
Richard Ricci, Nikki Adame Winningham
CERCLA Arranger-Liability Exception Expanded
Environmental Law & Litigation Client Alert, April 13, 2017
Richard Ricci, Nikki Adame Winningham
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Press Mentions

Lowenstein Sandler is highlighted for successfully defending the town of Babylon, New York and the North Amityville, New York Volunteer Fire Company in a recent case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In AMW Materials Testing, Inc. v. Town of Babylon, 584 F.3d 436 (2d Cir. 2009), the Court held that the CERCLA statutory scheme provides immunity to firefighters and emergency first responders from CERCLA liability arising from actions taken in response to emergencies relating to the release of hazardous substances, unless they act with gross negligence or intentional misconduct. The Lowenstein team consisted of Richard Ricci, Priya Masilamani and Alyson Powell. , Metropolitan Corporate Counsel , February 1, 2010
Richard F. Ricci reacts to a recent Mercer County decision dismissing a claim by the State of New Jersey for natural resource damages arising from the contamination of groundwater. , Bergen Record , October 2, 2007

Related Areas

Environmental Law & Litigation
Products & Specialty Torts
Real Estate


University of Notre Dame School of Law ( J.D. , 1982 ) , magna cum laude, Associate Editor, University of Notre Dame Law Review
Duquesne University ( B.A. , 1979 ) , cum laude

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Rhode Island


  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Environmental Editorial Advisory Board, Law360