Areas of Practice
- New Jersey
- New Jersey District Court
- J.D., Boston College, 1973
- B.A. Ursinus College, 1970
Herbert B. Bennett
Prior to entering private practice, Herbert B. Bennett spent ten years working for the State of New Jersey. The first two years he served as in-house attorney for the Division of State and Regional Planning in the Department of Community Affairs. For the next eight years Mr. Bennett worked in the Department of Environmental Protection, initially in the Division of Water Resources before moving up to the Commissioner’s Office where he ultimately was named Chief Regulatory Officer for the Department. For nearly two years of his time at the Commissioner’s Office he served as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Law, Tort Claims Section.
Mr. Bennett’s private law practice focuses primarily on environmental regulatory and litigation matters. Regulatory activities include due diligence, permitting and transactional advice in corporate and real estate matters, including eminent domain and issues associated with regulatory takings of real property. His litigation practices focuses on matters associated with remedial activities and requirements imposed pursuant to the New Jersey Spill Compensation Control Act, New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act and Federal Superfund. He represents clients named at Superfund sites by USEPA and has served as liaison counsel for multiple parties in a Superfund lawsuit. Mr. Bennett has also served as a mediator in New Jersey State court environmental litigation.
Mr. Bennett also handles real estate tax appeals and most recently represented a client in the New Jersey Tax Court that involved contaminated property of the client’s former manufacturing facility wherein the Court, in a reported decision by the Tax Court’s Presiding Judge, held in favor of his client and ruled that the contamination and remedial activities so impacted the real property that it had only a minimal fair market value of $2,000.00.
NEWS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Mr. Bennett makes presentations at various National Business Institute and Lorman Education seminars on environmental law, water supply, due diligence, real estate and ethics.
Professional & Community Activities
- Member, New Jersey Bar Association and Environmental Law Section.
- Former Member of the Board, and pro bono counsel, for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington, NJ.
- Former member of the Board and Secretary of the Eastern Environmental Law Center located in Newark, NJ.
Honors & Awards
- Mr. Bennett was named volunteer of the year for pro bono services provided to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.